DNS is a manual and exercise based rehabilitative approach to activate intrinsic locomotor stabilization. Using the “integrated stabilizing system” of the spine these techniques enable practitioners to achieve exciting new levels of improved function. More specifically, these stabilizing muscles act as a functional unit that is automatically or subconsciously activated during each and every movement. This special functional unit is composed of the short intersegmental spinal muscles (multifidi), deep neck flexors, the diaphragm, the abdominal wall and the pelvic floor. Insufficiencies or dysfunctions of these muscle groups are frequent causes of movement system disturbances that people suffer from every day. DNS presents a critical set of functional tests that analyze quality of functional stability and assist in finding key links of dysfunction in order to isolate the problem and begin to formulate the best treatment plan. Specific functional exercises can then be prescribed to improve spinal stability by targeting this system.

The ultimate strategy is to re-teach the brain to maintain central control and stability for the movements that are restored during therapy. Eventually through repetition of these exercises, the central control establishes an automatic model that then can become a fundamental part of everyday movement. These techniques are safe to use on the developing movement patterns of infants all the way to geriatric long-term inabilities.

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