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Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Seminars – Redondo Beach, CA

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) According to Kolar – Course “A”

Dates: Saturday – Monday, November 7-9, 2009 (9:00-12:30 & 13:30-17:00)

SUNRISE HOTEL AT REDONDO BEACH HARBOR 400 N. HARBOR DRIVE, REDONDO BEACH, CA 90277

Pavel Kolar, Paed. Dr.
PhD Magdalena Lepšikova, P.T.
Alena Kobesova, M.D.
PhD Craig E. Morris, D.C., DACRB

Download the registration form here or signup online at Functional Action.

Course Goals

Course attendees will have a clear understanding of:

  • The basic principles of developmental kinesiology.
  • Development during the first year of life: stabilization of the spine in the sagittal plane, development of the phasic movements coupled with trunk rotation.
  • The relationship between development during the first year of life & locomotor system pathology in adulthood.
  • The reflex consequences following central neural programs during the first year of life.
  • Functional stabilization of the spine & correction of poor stereotypical respiration.
  • New terminology such as functional joint centration/decentration, punctum fixum, and the integrated stabilizing system of the spine. In addition, posture will be discussed from a developmental point of view.
  • Critical principles of reflex locomotion: Locomotor patterns, stepping forward & support function, support/stimulating zones.
  • Course attendees will possess:
  • Skills to utilize critical functional tests to evaluate the integrated stabilizing system of the spine.
  • Skills for evaluation of breathing stereotypes.

Course Description

Much attention has been given in recent years to the development, maintenance and decline of functional stability of the locomotor system. Indeed, emerging research has proven the existence of the deep, or core, stabilizing muscles and their impact in controlling safe joint motion. This is especially true for the joints of the spinal column, where the complexity of the biomechanical and neurophysiological demands is phenomenal. With the increased understanding of functional stability have arisen new theories regarding the etiology of functional pathology and also of effective treatment methods to restore stability. Unfortunately, these techniques have yielded less than satisfactory results for many frustrated clinicians in search of more effective and long-lasting results. Some functional stabilization methods, although based on sound principles, have been criticized as impractical.

It is during this period that a new method of intrinsic locomotor system stabilization has arisen to dramatically gain the attention of rehabilitation specialists. Pavel Kolar, PaedDr., PhD has indeed spawned a new manual approach to activate the “Integrated Stabilizing System” and achieve exciting levels of improved function in a remarkably brief period. Based upon the scientific principles of developmental kinesiology, the neurophysiological aspects of the maturing locomotor system on which the internationally renowned “Prague School of Manual Medicine and Rehabilitation” was established, he has expanded the scope of clinical options in an exciting new direction. Attendees to the course will be introduced to these methods.

Course Instructors

Asst. Prof. Pavel Kolar, Paed. Dr., PhD
Professor Kolar is a physiotherapist by training, with advanced traind in pediatrick management and a PhD in physiology. His instructors, Professor Karel Lewit and the late Professors Vaclav Vojte and Vladimir Janda, profoundly influenced him in his approach. He is the Director of the Rehabilitation Department, University Hospital Motol, School of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. This is the largest hospital in Central Europe, with 4,000 beds. He also acts as an adviser to the Director of the Hospital.

Professor Kolar is renowned for his work in rehabilitation, in addition to his treatment of celebrities in the world of sports, politics and entertainment. He has been appointed team clinician for the Czech Olympic teams, Davis Cup tennis teams and national ice hockey teams. He gained wide recognition for his treatment of former Czech President Vaclav Havel, which included traveling the President’s personal clinician when he went abroad. Professor Kolar has taught his methods in Europe, North America and Australia. He is also a member of interdisciplinary team at the Orthopedic Unit at the hospital. This concerns evaluation of children suffering form cerebral palsy and poor posture resulting in orthopedic deformities and indications for surgical treatment. His work is highly appreciated by orthopedists, who consider his opinion to be very important for surgical indications. Professor Kolar resides in Prague with his wife and three children.

Alena Kobesova, M.D., PhD
Dr. Kobesova is a neurologist who specializes in manual medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Department, University Hospital Motol, School of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. She is a certified instructor in Manual Medicine in the Czech Republic. She has studied extensively with Professor Karel Lewit, an international authority in manual medicine for more than 5 decades and the founder of the renowned “Prague School of Manual Medicine”. In conjunction with Professor Lewit, she has produced a four-volume instruction video demonstrating “Prague School” therapeutic soft tissue mobilization and relaxation techniques.

Dr. Kobesova is an instructor of neurological manual medicine and rehabilitation at the 2nd Medical School and also the Physiotherapy School, Charles University, Prague. She also organizes courses for international groups of clinicians travel to the Czech Republic to study the “Prague School” methods. Specializing in the treatment of patients suffering from various neurological disorders, Dr. Kobesova is a member of interdisciplinary team, which cares for patients suffering from hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (HMSN – Charcot Marie Tooth). She recently published an article in the peer-reviewed journal, Czech rehabilitation journal “REHABILITACE” describing the complex treatment of the patients with HMSN.

Dr. Kobesova successfully completed the Czech Reflex Locomotion Training Course, which covers the theoretical and practical methods of the founder of Reflex Locomotion, the late Professor Vaclav Vojta. Professor Kolar studied with Professor Vojta and bases much of his work on Vojta’s principles.An emerging leader in the field of manual medicine and rehabilitation, Dr. Kobesova has served as the lead instructor in manual medicine and rehabilitation courses on three continents. She is very experienced in Professor Kolar’s methods, having assisted him in his courses for the past four years. Because Professor Kolar is not fully fluent in English, Dr. Kobesova also serves as his interpreter during the lecture portion of the course.

Dr. Kobesova resides in Prague with her husband and two sons.

Craig E. Morris, D.C., DACRB
Professor Morris is a 1981 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College, LA. He has practiced in Torrance, CA for over 25 years. Dr. Morris is a Clinical Professor at Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles. He has lectured and conducted clinical workshops at academic institutions in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. Dr. Morris has also studied extensively with Professor Karel Lewit and the late Professor Vladimir Janda of the Department of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. He co-instructed courses internationally with Professor Janda in North America and Europe. Dr. Morris is the editor of the text, “Low Back Syndromes, Integrated Clinical Management” (McGraw-Hill), a leading multidisciplinary text for the management of low back disorders. He resides in Redondo Beach, California with his wife and they have four adult children and one grandson.

Magdalena Lepsikova, P.T.
Ms. Lepsikova is a clinical physiotherapist at the Physical Therapy Department at Motol Hospital, 2nd medical Faculty in Prague, where she works with Asst. Professor Kolar and Dr. Kobesova. She specializes in rehabilitation of locomotor system dysfunction. She also serves as a lecturer, where she regularly instructs both medical and physiotherapy students. She is trained as a Vojta therapist and also as a DNS therapist. A very popular and effective instructor, she has taught DNS courses around the world. She resides in Prague with her husband and daughter.

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) According to Kolar – Course “B”

Dates: November 7-9, 2009

Sunrise Hotel at Redondo Beach Harbor
400 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Download the registration form here or signup online at Functional Action.

Course attendees will gain further insights regarding the introductory understanding of:

  • The basic principles of developmental kinesiology.
  • Development during the first year of life: stabilization of the spine in the sagittal plane, development of the phasic movements coupled with trunk rotation.
  • The relationship between development during the first year of life & locomotor system pathology in adulthood.
  • The reflex consequences following central neural programs during the first year of life.
  • Functional stabilization of the spine & correction of poor stereotypical respiration.
  • New terminology such as functional joint centration/decentration, punctum fixum, and the integrated stabilizing system of the spine. In addition, posture will be discussed from a developmental point of view.
  • Critical principles of reflex locomotion: locomotor patterns, stepping forward & support function, support/stimulating zones.

Course attendees will possess:

  • Skills to utilize critical functional tests to evaluate the integrated stabilizing system of the spine.
  • Skills for evaluation of breathing stereotypes.
  • Expansion of reflex locomotion positions and their clinical application.

Course Description

Much attention has been given in recent years to the development, maintenance and decline of functional stability of the locomotor system. Indeed, emerging research has proven the existence of the deep, or core, stabilizing muscles and their impact in controlling safe joint motion. This is especially true for the joints of the spinal column, where the complexity of the biomechanical and neurophysiological demands is phenomenal. With the increased understanding of functional stability have arisen new theories regarding the etiology of functional pathology and also of effective treatment methods to restore stability. Unfortunately, these techniques have yielded less than satisfactory results for many frustrated clinicians in search of more effective and long-lasting results. Some functional stabilization methods, although based on sound principles, have been criticized as impractical.

It is during this period that a new method of intrinsic locomotor system stabilization has arisen to dramatically gain the attention of rehabilitation specialists. Pavel Kolar, PaedDr. has indeed spawned a new manual approach to activate the “Integrated Stabilizing System” and achieve exciting levels of improved function in a remarkably brief period. Based upon the scientific principles of developmental kinesiology, the neurophysiological aspects of the maturing locomotor system on which the internationally renowned “Prague School of Manual Medicine and Rehabilitation” was established, he has expanded the scope of clinical options in an exciting new direction. Attendees to the course will be introduced to these methods.
Course “B” of the DNS Certification series completes the introductory principles and skills. It is designed to present the clinician with a better understanding of the critical cornerstones of DNS after the introductory “A” course material has been completed. Because of the complexity of the DNS principles and skill set, and also the uniqueness of each course and instructor, clinicians typically attend multiple “A” courses and “B” courses, building additional understanding and technique expertise with each course. Attendees will be introduced to additional reflex locomotion positions during this course, expanding on what was taught during the introductory “A” course!

Course Instructors

Pavel Kolar, P.T., Paed. Dr., PhD – DNS Founder
Dr. Pavel Kolar is a PT and Paediatric specialist who has expanded the developmental kinesiology approach of Vojta’s Reflex Locomotion methods, designed primarily for neurological disorders, to be utilized for chronic pain and dysfunction, in addition to ATHLETIC OPTIMIZATION (utilized prior to athletics to improve athleticism). He traveled as the private physician for Czech president Vaclav Havel, and a host of international celebrities have flown to Prague for treatment with him. His methods promote reflex activation of the abdominal wall, deep back extensors, diaphragm & pelvic floor as part of an overall approach to improved locomotor system function. Dr. Kolar is a former world class gymnast & is the treating clinician for the Czech Davis Cup, Soccer, Ice Hockey & Olympic teams as well as a variety of international sports superstars. Asst. Professor Kolar will be instructing on the 2nd & 3rd days of this course.

Alena Kobesova, M.D.
Dr. Kobesova is a certified instructor in Manual Medicine in the Czech Republic. She has studied extensively with Professor Karel Lewit, an international authority in manual medicine for more than 5 decades and the founder of the renowned “Prague School of Manual Medicine”. In conjunction with Professor Lewit, she has produced a four-volume instruction video demonstrating “Prague School” therapeutic soft tissue mobilization and relaxation techniques.

Craig E. Morris, D.C., DACRB, CSCS
Dr. Craig E. Morris is the Director of the F.I.R.S.T. Health clinic in Torrance since 1982. He is a Professor at Cleveland Chiropractic College, L.A. and Board-Certified in Chiropractic Rehabilitation. He is the editor and an author of “Low Back Syndromes: Integrated Clinical Management”, a leading multi-professional textbook. In addition to his “Prague-School”-based international rehabilitation recognition, he specializes in sports injury management and medico-legal issues.

Magdalena Lepsikova, P.T.
Ms. Lepsikova is a treating physiotherapist at Motol Hospital in Prague, where she works with Asst. Professor Kolar and Dr. Kobesova. She is trained as a Vojta therapist and also as a DNS therapist. A very popular and effective instructor, she has taught DNS courses around the world. She resides in Prague with her husband and daughter.

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