DNS Course "B" in Boston - April 27 - 30, 2013

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DNS Course B DNS Boston



Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Course "B"

The “Prague School of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine” was established by keyneurologists/physiatrists, all of whom were giants in the 20th century rehabilitation era i.e. Karel Lewit and the late Professors Vaclav Vojta, Vladimir Janda & Frantisek Vele.  Based on groundbreaking neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation principles by these men, Professor Pavel Kolar has successfully integrated the work of his predecessors in proposing the underlying neurodevelopmental mechanism for how the movement system develops hand-in-hand with CNS maturation.  This complex approach is “cutting-edge” in that it provides a window into provides a window into the complexity and plasticity of the CNS and its effect on the movement system.  The DNS approach can be used in the rehabilitation of a myriad of neurologic, musculoskeletal pain syndromes as well as performance athletic training.

For more information on this approach please check out www.rehabps.com

Course Description

The nervous system establishes programs that control human locomotion that includes posture and movement.  This critical “motor control” is largely established during the first years of life.   Based upon the principles of neurodevelopmental kinesiology, i.e. the neurophysiologic aspects of the maturing movement system on which the Prague School was established, the scope of clinical rehabilitation options for many of our neurologic and musculoskeletal pain patients have been expanded. 

The DNS approach involves every component of the movement system (i.e. muscles, joints, nerves and soft tissue by stimulating movement control centers in the brain through activation of ideal inborn movement stereotypes.  This, in turn helps restore the  structural and postural alignment of the body’s neuro-musculo-skeletal system by evoking the global motor patterns.  Global motor patterns form the foundation of human movement and represent genetically predetermined elements for uprighting and equilibrium.  These patterns are essential for the control of posture and dynamic stability of the spine through the lifespan of the individual. Participants in this course will be introduced to the application of these principles. 

Instructional Level: Course "B" 

Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of developmental kinesiology and its relationship with pathology of the locomotor system: review and introduction to more advanced theory.
  • Describe the basis for primitive reflexes and postural reactions and their roles in developmental kinesiology.
  • Demonstration of babies: Be able to recognize ideal and disturbed locomotor patterns and determine developmental age of the babies.
  • Demonstration of adult patients with pain in the locomotor system - stabilization assessment and treatment strategy.
  • Postural analysis & testing of integrated spinal stabilization system - review of Course A tests and introduction to additional advanced tests.
  • Postural analysis & testing of integrated spinal stabilization system - advanced theory and testing
  • Reflex locomotion: Review of Reflex Turning I, II and reflex creeping and introduction to additional zones.
  • Introduction to 1st position.
  • Integration of corrective exercises based on newly taught DNS functional tests and RL positions.
  • Introduction to cortical functioning - body scheme, quality of relaxation, isolated segmental movements.
  • Provide more complex clinical management explanation for clinicians to better integrate more advanced DNS protocols into clinical practice.
  • To optimally prepare students for the next level of training (Course "C").

Course Details - Boston 2013

Date: April 27, April 28, April 29, & April 30th 2013

Location: Boston MA, Campus of Northeastern University. Building TBA

DNS Course Requires Advanced Certification and skills and therefore is only available to the following Occupations: PT, MD, DO, DC, OT and ATC.  

Interested attendees must scan and email or mail proof of their advanced certification to bostonsmpg@gmail.com send directly to: 200 Freeman Street, #2, Brookline MA 02446.  After review you will be sent a link to register or you may choose to register by mail and send proof of certification with your registeration.  

Seminar Tuition:

Prior to March 15, 2013: $900

After March 15, cost increases to $1000 

Besides paying the course fee above ALL prospective attendees must also register with DNS in Prague and pay an additional fee (80 Euro).

Click HERE to view the Prague School of Rehabilitation Course "B" Structure



Day 1: (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

            AM     Registration & Continental Breakfast / Review of developmental kinesiology and ISSS tests from course A

            PM      Continued: Advanced ISSS tests and training

Day 2: (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)

            AM      Lecture: Review and refinement of reflex turning 1st phase & reflex creep

            PM      Lab: active exercises

Day 3: (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)

            AM      Lecture: Intro to 1st position & reflex turning 2nd phase and Active exercises

            PM      Continued: Introduction to primitive reflexes and postural reactions

Day 4: (8:00 AM - 2:00 PM)

           AM      Group & case presentations




Hotels: http://www.bsmpg.com/hotel-accommodations/

Contact: bostonsmpg@gmail.com with course inquiries

Cancellation Policy: A partial refund of $600 will be given for complete registration cancellations made before Feb 15th, 2012.  After Feb. 15th, a partial refund of $400 will be provided and cancellations made after March 15th will be provided a partial refund of $250. Cancellations after April 15th will not be refunded. A written letter requesting cancellation must be emailed to bostonsmpg@gmail.com.  If you have any special needs that require additional assistance, please call us.  Requests must be received at least two weeks prior to event date.


Link to Prague School Website: Click HERE


Continuing Education:

The Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers.  This program has been approved for a maximum of 28 hours of Category A continuing education. Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the CE activity. 

BOC Provider Number P8108


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Course Instructors



Clare C. Frank DPT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT


Dr. Frank received her physical therapy degree from Northern Illinois University. She completed the Kaiser Permanente Orthopedic Residency program in 1993 while working on her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy at University of Southern California. She received her post-professional doctorate degree from Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California 2004. She is a board certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. Her clinical career has been greatly influenced by Shirley Sahrmann PT, PhD, and the Prague School of Manual Medicine faculty, namely, the late Vladimir Janda MD, Karel Lewit MD, and Pavel Kolar PT, PhD.

Dr. Frank practices at a private clinic in Los Angeles, California. She has been instrumental in setting up the Movement Science Fellowship at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles. She has served on the medical team for the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles, as well as the injury prevention team for the Chinese Olympic Teams 2010/11. She currently teaches in the U.S. and internationally and has co-authored “Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalances: The Janda Approach”



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Marcela Safarova PT, PhD


Dr. Safarova received her physical therapy training and completed her doctoral studies from Charles University. She is the head physiotherapist at Motol Hospital, a large teaching hospital associated with Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Dr. Safarova specializes in the  rehabilitation of the locomotor system. She is also a certified Vojta therapist and has trained and works with both Professors Pavel Kolar and Karel Lewit. She also serves as an adjunct lecturer for both medical physiotherapy students at the university. She currently serves as an instructor for Professor Kolar’s courses both in Prague and internationally