DNS was developed by a physical therapist named Dr. Pavel Kolar at the Prague School in the Czech Republic. He studied under neurologist Dr. Vaclav Vojta, who used reflex stimulation to treat children with cerebral palsy.
Reflex stimulation involved gently working certain anatomical pressure points while the child is placed in developmental positions. It was found that this stimulated certain reactions and reflexes that relaxed the child’s spasticity and promoted a better and correct stability pattern. Dr. Kolar found that exercising and treating in these same positions effectively treated children and adults with any neurological condition.
Dr. Jason Placeway spent seven years studying DNS and taking DNS courses starting in 2008. He finished his education at the Prague School in 2015, becoming a certified DNS practitioner. He later became a certified DNS exercise trainer in 2016. He continues to take courses and further his education.
Dr. Placeway uses DNS to treat various conditions present at Mt. Lookout Chiropractic & Sports Injury Center. One example of how Dr. Placeway uses DNS can be seen in his assessment of child development. When faulty mechanics are observed with his examination, then he implements exercises to correct these faulty patterns of movement.
These muscle and joint patterns often transition to pain syndromes as the child ages. Correcting these patterns at an early age can prevent many injuries in the high school athlete and into adulthood.
Another example of how Dr. Placeway uses DNS at Mt. Lookout Chiropractic & Sports Injury Center is the treatment of scoliosis. Scoliosis can develop due to improper muscle and joint patterns, which often translate into the spine’s instability.
These faulty patterns can result in curvature of the spine in children and adults. The implementation of specific DNS exercises is used to treat the faulty patterns and instability of the spine. Dr. Placeway has seen improvement in many scoliosis cases of all ages through his DNS work.
Neurological and spasticity/hypertonicity disorders such as Cerebral Palsy also benefit from DNS treatment. DNS initiates proper patterns of stability and function that ultimately help with muscle rigidity seen in these neurological disorders. Dr. Placeway is one of the few practitioners in the country that is a full practitioner certified DNS provider.
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DNS and Sports Performance
DNS is a valuable tool for athletes and sports performance. DNS will assess your movement and implement treatment and training to create ideal patterns of stability. The healthy patterns make movement and exercise more efficient. These exercises prevent injury while simultaneously increasing your speed and strength.
The doctors at Mt. Lookout Chiropractic integrate the DNS principles into your personal training regime. After incorporating the DNS exercises, you are able to maximize your performance in your individual sport or activity.
DNS is the foundation of our rehabilitation program, we couple it with our chiropractic and physical therapy programs to treat a wide variety of conditions. We listen, we care, and we implement the best program that fits your specific needs.