Vojta Therapy and DNS
Vojta (“voy-ta”) therapy is popular in Europe as a rehabilitation treatment to stimulate and rehabilitate the deep muscle systems of the spine and extremities. Originally developed by Czech pediatric neurologist Vaclav Vojta to treat cerebral palsy, but has since been developed to include a wide variety of conditions. Vojta involves a system of analysis for babies and toddlers up to 18 months of age allowing you to gauge key body developments (rolling, crawling, walking) in your child. This important analysis is rarely if ever performed at your pediatrician’s office but is common in Europe.
- Cerebral Palsy
- Spine pain and Scoliosis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Mental Disorders
Who can benefit?Although Vojta can be used in the classic orthopaedic rehab program, it also has unique benefits to the following conditions:
How is it different?Vojta is different from more popular treatment programs (bobath, feldenkreis, surgical options, ect.) because it follows the natural physiological principles of human movement development. The analysis combines postural reactions, spontaneous motor development, and normal reflexes to guide treatment in a step-wise fashion for lasting functional changes.Vojta therapy is a passion of Active Wellness. If you know anyone who you think may benefit we would love to work with them!
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stability (DNS)
Here at Active Wellness we search the globe for the best manual therapy on the planet. We have been following the teachings of the famed Charles University and Prauge School of Rehabilitation. The “Prague School” of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine was established by key neurologists/physiatrists, all of whom were giants in the 20th Century rehabilitation movement: Professors’ Vaclav Vojta, Karel Lewit, Vladimir Janda, and Frantisek Vele. This elite collection of minds all collaberated out of Charles University in Prauge, one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe.
Based upon the groundbreaking neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation principles described by these mentors, Pavel Kolar has organized the next generation of clinical protocols that are designed to restore and stabilize locomotor function. This new rehabilitation approach is called Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).
Prof. Kolar has taken the individual therapies and approaches of his mentors and woven them together in a very complete and exciting manner. The exercises and advanced positions he developed out of the study of Developmental Kinesiology have been used to treat and train world-class athletes such as Jarmir Jagr and Jan Železný. The same approach is being used today in various MLB, NHL, NBA, MLS, and NFL clubs by a handful of trainers and physicians.
The scope of DNS is quite broad with courses focused on sport, orthopedics, gastrointestinal issues, and right down to individual topics such as women’s health and pediatrics. This is possible due to the global reactions elicited in DNS treatment, where a single therapeutic measure will affect several body systems and dysfunctions. DNS moves away from isolated treatment of joints, muscles, and nerves while encompassing those treatments into a global approach. DNS looks at an injury or performance deficit as window into a chain or system of dysfunction that can be quickly mended.