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What is DNS Rehab?

Written by Don Williams BSc, MChiro, ICSSD. on Wednesday, 23 September 2015. Posted in General Health, Chiropractic

What is DNS Rehab?

What is DNS Rehab?

By Don Williams

Many of our regular patients would know that Don has spent a considerable period of time studying and practicing in the Czech Republic. But many of you may not be specifically aware of what is done there.

 

DNS 1 DNS 2

 

Prague School of Rehabilitation has a long and proud history in the field of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. By good fortune, in the mid 1900s, Motol Hospital and the Prague School of rehabilitation were a hot spot for thought, research and development of rehabilitation, the names of Professors’ Vaclav Vojta, Karel Lewit, Vladimir Janda and Frantisek Vele should be essentially household names to anyone who specialises in treatment of Musculoskeletal conditions through manual methods. It is almost the exception to find a research paper that doesn’t mention at least one of these names.

 

Healthcare in Eastern Europe has been setup differently as a system than we experience in Australia and the Western world, and in some respects, their system has fostered and developed more collaborative work between disciplines. Bringing aspects from the disciplines of Neurology, Orthopaedics, Physiotherapy (which encompasses manipulation akin that many techniques used in Chiropractic), and medicine, DNS rehab is the new approach to rehabilitation which is being used by many practitioners around the world today.

 

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), is a multi-part qualification, encompassing 4 study level with examinations required to receive a qualification as a DNS Certified Practitioner. This generally takes practitioners a minimum of 4 years of courses and studies, as well as some trips to Prague to attain.

 

There are currently only 4 certified practitioners in Brisbane, Don Williams, at Institute of Sports and Spines, Hans Lindgren, at Alex Hills Chiropractic, Gaery Barbery, at BodyKey Chiropractic at Indooroopilly and Louise O’Connor at MovementConcepts Physiotherapy at Morningside.

Most of these practitioners have been studying DNS rehab since 2001 and most have undertaken multiple courses and trips to Prague, often in the order of 15-16 courses to improve their proficiency.

 

Much of DNS Rehab is based on the Vojta Principle. Between 1950 and 1970, Vaclav Vojta was looking for a treatment system for children with Cerebral Palsy. Ironically, under the umbrella of communism, the opportunity to have a facility with many children with this condition was easy due to them essentially being pushed out of society as being ineffective and unhelpful. Professor Vojta developed “reflex locomotion”. Essentially, the basis of this is that within our neuromotor system, we have motor patterns that are pre-programmed and inherent within us all, by using specific reflex points throughout the body, these motor patterns can be incited and developed to enhance the movement patterns, not of just palsy sufferers, but of many people with motor pattern disorders.

Professor Vojta’s observations and assessments allow earlier assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Cerebral Palsies and Motor Co-ordination disorders. In fact, this assessment and treatment is best started early, within the first 6 months of life.

 

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Professor Vojta treating a premature baby.

 

Developmental Kinesiology is essentially the development of the motor patterns in the baby through early childhood, and when these patterns are considered, many postural issues and musculoskeletal aches and pains, find their basis in poor developmental patterns.

 

What is most fascinating about Developmental Kinesiology and the DNS approach is that many of the treatment options are based on global patterns and functional reactivation, rather than in isolation of one body part. The approach is always aimed at improving the entire system and postural program, rather than just improving that segment.

 

Don uses the DNS approach in an integrated manner is patient management. It is a major component of his thought process particularly with his management Chronic pain cases and post -operative rehabilitation.

 

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                  Karel Lewit                                               Frantisek Vele                                             Pavel Kolar

What Posture Are You?

on Friday, 26 May 2017. Posted in Newsletters, General Health, Ergonomics, Chiropractic

What Posture Are You?

I am sure many of us have been told that a poor posture can cause back and neck pain over time. A lot of people then try to improve their posture and one of the concepts I preach a lot about is how your spine will adapt overtime. 

 

In basic terms, your body tries to keep your eyes on the horizon and your spine as close to the midline as possible. So, if an imbalance is developed somewhere in your body, your spine will try and correct it. 

 

For example, your hips are tilted more forward than normal. If left alone, the body will fall to the front and tip over. Therefore, to prevent this from happening, the spine lowers the centre of gravity of the body by increasing the curve of the midback, now leaving us with a slouched/hunchback. Finally, counterbalance the midback changes, the head moves forward and away from the body creating a protruding head carriage.   

 

Here are the few most common types of posture observed:

 

1.(hunchback)

Hyperkyphosis 

  • The head is displaced forward and away from the centre of the body. 
  • The upper back is rounded increasing the curve of the midback.
  • In some cases, vertebral fractures due to osteoporosis or a spinal deformity called Scheurmann's disease (more commonly seen in young males) can create a noticeable hump.

2.Lordosis

Lordosis 

  • The low back curve is overextended with the belly protruding forward.
  • The head is displaced backwards behind the centre of the body.
  • Shoulders may also be pulled back too much causing tightness around the neck. 
  • Over straightening of the knees causing constant hamstring tightness.

3.Scoliosis

Scoliosis 1Scoliosis 2 

  • An abnormal sideways curve of the spine. 
  • Shoulder height is uneven (Left higher than right or vice versa).
  • A protruding hump on one side when bending forward.
  • Uneven pelvic height (Left higher than right or vice versa) may contribute to low back pain in prolonged standing.
  • Scoliosis can be a congenital problem, but it may also be caused by improper function of the muscles holding the spine.

 

The moral of the story is look deeper than the one obvious imbalance to make a longer lasting change. Understand what kind of posture you are adapting first instead of attacking only where the pain is. If you do that, your problem most likely will never be fixed permanently, because it is all connected.  

 

Share this with a friend who needs to improve their posture!

 

By Iris Tan

B.App.Sc (Chiropractic) M.Clin.Chiropractic. 

Memb: CA, Gonstead (Australia)

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What's all the hype about Magnesium and Methylation?

Written by Don Williams BSc, MChiro, ICSSD. on Thursday, 20 October 2016. Posted in General Health, Nutrition and Recipes, Chiropractic

What's all the hype about Magnesium and Methylation?

Health World is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of supplements and vitamins to the Australian health care market. They supply common brands like Inner Health Plus along with a range of practitioner only products, like the Metagenics range available at Institute of Sports and Spines.

 

Health World held a conference last weekend specifically on the topics of Methylation and its impact on our health. Interestingly, on the list of countries that search for Methylation and related topics, Australia is 6th on the list. It is really quite a hot topic. Some of our team attended the conference on the weekend to update their knowledge in this area. Simply put, Methylation is involved in some of the metabolic pathways in the body and irregularities in this process can dramatically affect the health status of the sufferer.

 

There was loads of interesting information however, there were a couple of major points which evolved which are worthy of more attention. First B group vitamins are extremely important for both groups and secondly, that research is not showing specifically that any one form of Folic acid, folate or its derivatives are specifically more effective for either group.

 

Interestingly though, more data was presented on the vital role of magnesium in energy cycles and metabolism and health in general.

 

So why is Magnesium important?

Magnesium is important for muscular aches, pain, spasms and cramping, is involved in the productions of cellular energy and plays an important role in ironically calming our system while also providing energy for activity.

 

As an ion or electrolyte it is used for improving the absorption of water from our gut and for improving the function of our muscles and nerves.

 

Magnesium ions Mg2+ influence the equilibrium or balance of many of the cellular reactions throughout our body. By providing a plentiful supply of magnesium in our diets and supplementation we can increase the availability of magnesium ions for these cellular processes increasing the body’s ability to manufacture ATP (one of the basic components for energy production).

 

Magnesium and the inflammatory response

Experiments in rats have shown that a few days of magnesium ion deficiency induces a clinical inflammatory response. By increasing the availability of Magnesium to the cells decreased the inflammation. Magnesium acts to balance natural calcium concentration buffering the inflammatory reaction. Although it is quite evident that magnesium supplementation has a positive impact on immune stress and reducing inflammatory processes, the exact e-mechanism is still being investigated.

 

The mental mineral

Magnesium regulates neuron excitability and membrane fluidity. Some supporters argue that it is THE MOST IMPORTANT MICRONUTRIENT in relation to nerve and mental function. Deficiency symptoms of magnesium in the nervous system are relatively non-specific however they have been reported to include a huge range of mental disorders, including loss of concentration, disorientation, abstract thinking and memory failure, headaches, irritability, hyper excitability (mania), hyper emotionality, ‘plum-stone throat’, insomnia, behavioural disturbances, depression, seizures, and psychosis. Many of these disorders are commonly associated with stress and the research suggests that a Magnesium deficiency interferes with the cellular pathways that our body uses to combat stress, resulting in an exaggerated stress response. This buffering or fortifying capacity is at the heart of most of the positive impacts that Magnesium is suggested to have on the body.

 

So why use a Magnesium supplement?

If you want to improve athletic performance, combat muscle tightness and fatigue, cramps and stiffness, improve cardiovascular health, reduce migraine frequency and severity, increase your mental alertness, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve the quality of your sleep, a high quality Magnesium supplementation may be worth considering. While it may not be a magic elixir, there is certainly substantial research and evidence suggesting a vital role of Magnesium in our bodies and the probability is that a 1 month trial has a far greater likelihood of promoting a positive outcome rather than no response. Allergies and reactions to magnesium supplements are very rare with the only thing to worry about being loose bowels or diarrhoea from too higher dose.

 

Are all Magnesium supplements the same?

The simple answer is no. The simplest form of Magnesium is Magnesium oxide, it is a large molecule which is poorly absorbed into the gut, at around 9 parts per million. It is also very cheap. Most over the counter Magnesium tablet supplements are oxides. In the middle of the road for absorption are Magnesium sulphates, citrates and carbonates, which absorb at 22-34 parts per million. These are a little more expensive and a little more effective.  At the top of the list are Magnesium diglycinates. These absorb at around 80 parts per million. What this means is that for a product which might cost you $40 (as opposed to the $10 magnesium oxide) it absorbs at 8 times the rate, which means that for what you can actually access and use in the body costs you half as much for the better quality supplement.

 

All of the Magnesium supplements we stock at Institute of Sports and Spines are high quality diglycinate quality Magnesium.

 

If you are looking at trying Magnesium, talk to us on your next visit for advice on what we have available.