Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS): An 'origin-al' route to rehabilitation

At Rebalance we’re always keen to expand our knowledge and understand new concepts in rehabilitation, especially for athletes and active sports people. Tom’s been learning about Dynamic neuromuscular stabilisation (DNS) and gives us a rundown of how it can help you here.

"DNS is an effective method of rehabilitation that aims to restore structural and postural alignment of the body. It is based on developmental kinesiology ie, human movement during early development, from birth until the start of walking.

DNS in action

DNS in action

We often see patients with dysfunctional movement patterns and loss of postural control. It’s common that one dysfunctional muscle can destabilise whole body function, compromising the quality of purposeful movement.

The body always seeks to compensate for dysfunction; here this can lead to overload of spinal joints and discs, muscle overuse and postural strain. Rehabilitation by training muscles in isolation can sometimes be ineffective due to a lack of integration into a global motor/movement patterns. Movements do not become automatic and therefore offer little help to the patient.

DNS treats movement dysfunction by integrating the corrected movement within body positions taken from our early developmental postures. This has been shown to encourage the correct movement to become automatic, allowing the patient to engage the muscle without thinking. Going back to positions from the very beginning of our life might sound strange, however it allows us to invoke the potential of ideal movement patterns genetically encoded in our central nervous system.

DNS is suitable for patients with variety of acute and chronic conditions as well as for athletes/sports people trying to improve performance, prevent or recover from an injury. Book in for a session with Tom if you’re interested in learning more.

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