Start date
20 April, 2018
End date
22 April, 2018

DNS is a rehabilitation strategy based upon the inter-relationship of the developing child and the neuro-physiological maturation of the postural-locomotor system. The maturation of the post-partum central nervous system and muscle function is related to anatomical maturation / morphological development. Postural activity occurs automatically in the course of CNS maturation via coordinated activity of the muscles. 

Postural Ontogenesis defines ideal posture from a developmental perspective whereby optimal muscle coordination is ideal for joint loading and defines ideal motor stereotypes. The process is genetically determined and is automatic. At the age of 4.5 months, stabilization of the spine, pelvis and chest in the sagittal plane are completed.  Completion of basic sagittal stabilization is followed by development of extremity movement patterns (i.e. supporting and stepping forward /grasping functions) coupled with trunk rotation. As such, the quality of torso stabilization is essential for any phasic (dynamic) movement since each movement is preceded with the stabilization of body segments to provide balance, efficient coordination and stability to its participating elements.  

DNS diagnosis is based on comparing the patient’s stabilizing pattern with the stabilization developmental pattern of a healthy baby. The treatment approach emphasizes the training of these ideal patterns as defined by developmental theory. The brain must be properly stimulated and conditioned to automatically activate optimal movement patterns that are necessary for the co-activation of the stabilizers. The ultimate strategy is to teach the brain to maintain central control and stability of the movement restored during the therapy. This can be achieved by activation of the stabilizers when placing the patient in the primal developmental positions. 

DNS is a complex approach, encompassing principles of developmental theory during the 1st year of human life, defining posture, breathing stereotype and functional joint centration from a “neurodevelopmental” paradigm.

Instructors: Alena Kobesova, MD, PhD & Robert Lardner, PT

Course Objectives

  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology with an emphasis on development during the first year of life.
  • Describe the relationship between development during the first year of life and pathology of the locomotor system in adulthood.
  • Demonstrate understanding of new terminology such as functional joint centration, punctum fixum, punctum mobile and the integrated stabilizing system of the spine.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles of reflex locomotion:  locomotor patterns - stepping and support function and stimulation zones. 
  • Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns.
  • Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually and utilizing dynamic functional tests.
  • Perform the basic techniques for reflex locomotion, i.e. reflex turning 1 & 2, and reflex creeping:  initial positioning and anticipated movements, key zones and their vectors.
  • Integrate corrective exercises based on the DNS functional tests and developmental positions used in reflex locomotion.  Clarify how DNS corrective exercises can integrate with other exercise strategies.
  • Provide basic clinical management explanation for clinicians to better integrate the DNS approach in their regular practice, including patient education.
  • To  optimally prepare students for the next level of training (Course “B”). 

Course Date: April 18-20, 2014

Location: Richmond, BC




Event Cost
In person

Somatic Senses Education
Richmond BC

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