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Dynamic neuromuscular stability is sometimes referred to as “core stability.” Core stability is not just a function of adequate muscular strength in the abdominal and spinal muscles; rather, it is a function of the precise coordination of these various muscles. Dynamic neuromuscular stabilization training (DNS) can be used to rehabilitate the injured and can be used to optimize the movement of the patient or athlete to prevent injury. It can also be used to improve sports performance by optimizing the efficiency of motion.
The concept of “joint centration” refers to a joint that is dynamically stabilized throughout its range of motion to allow the joint and muscles to operate at their optimum. According to the American Council on Exercise, "Stabilizing muscle contractions are generally isometric contractions that act to support the trunk, limit movement in a joint, or control balance." In other words, muscles acting in a stabilizing role aren’t directly involved in lifting a weight, but instead keep certain parts of the body steady so that the primary working muscles can do their job properly (proximal stability for distal mobility). A centrated joint experiences minimal stress. An example of lack of centration is work by Kolar suggesting that abnormal postural activation of the diaphragm can contribute to chronic lower back pain. Individuals who don’t use the diaphragm effectively in postural control have increased compressive forces on the spine, thus incorrect use of the diaphragm prevents the spine from achieving centration.
DNS is incorporated in all our programs at SquareONE Rehabilitation. In summary it is meant to calm your system, set your core strength, and prepare for a lifetime of safe training. Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization was created, honed, and practiced at one of the leading rehabilitation facilities in the world in Prague, Czech Republic. These principles were designed from developmental kinesiology to help movement abilities from the worlds worst cases, to NHL hall of famers. DNS focuses on the stabilizing muscles essential for maximizing your fitness and long-term health in fitness. This form of soft training is required to calm the system, target the deep muscular stabilizers required for daily life, improve your flexibility, balance, and coordination.