We recently hosted Clinical Course A of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) at Perfect Stride. In this blog we break down the key takeaways from this methodology and why coordinating specific muscle contractions (especially core stabilization and utilization of our diaphragms) can improve your movement patterns. We can also use these exercise principles to enhance athletic performance and healing through synchronized and controlled muscle contractions.
What is it?
DNS is founded on the patterns and neuromuscular movements developed early in life. Utilizing these developmental positions in adults can be a valuable assessment and treatment tool, especially for athletes.
In each position, there is an emphasis on breathing patterns while coordinating an abdominal muscle contraction. One main idea is the ability to create a breath that forms a cylinder around our back and throughout our core. Full body engagement in each posture requires a healthy nervous system to synchronize the appropriate muscle contractions to balance the body and optimize posture. Incorporating the transitions in the developmental sequence (supine, sidelying, half-kneeling, bear, squat, crawl – to name a few) further highlights muscle imbalances and areas for refinement.
How can it help you?
There is limited evidence on the application of DNS and its effectiveness. However, there are a plethora of case studies citing the benefits in patients with chronic low back pain, students with postural deficits, athletes with pelvic instability, individuals post-stroke, and even patients with cerebral palsy.
By training full contraction of the abdominal muscles (not just the rectus abdominis) in coordination with diaphragmatic breathing, the brain is employed to enhance awareness of various movements. Each developmental position challenges the timing and strength of specific muscle contractions to optimize your movement. Whether you work at a desk full-time, lift weights, or run long distances, the goal of the DNS system is to improve your day to day function and wellbeing.
DNS is a method to better understand movement and the integration of breathing techniques. The course itself broadened our exercise creativity and assessment techniques to better help you. However, it is simply another tool – the individual response to these positions ultimately decides whether we incorporate them into your personalized plan of care.
Curious if you might benefit from this technique? Reach out for a free discovery call or schedule a Movement Analysis with us today.