Integrating Lower Extremity Support and IAP for Optimal Outcomes: July 20th, Denver, CO

Integrating Lower Extremity Support and IAP for Optimal Outcomes: July 20th, Denver, CO

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In this one-day course, we delve into honing your expertise in applying DNS principles in practice. The objective of this practical session is to enhance DNS practitioners' comprehension of the integrated nature of global movement patterns, with a particular focus on the integration of trunk stabilization and lower extremity support function. Emphasis will be placed on the ongoing facilitation and cueing of respiration/IAP as treatment advances to higher-level developmental positions and more dynamic multiplanar movements. The key to transformative results lies in fully understanding DNS principles and the ability to identify and address subtle impairments. This session will strongly prioritize meeting practitioners at their current level, providing ample time for questions and hands-on feedback to enhance their outcomes when applying DNS principles in their practice.

**Please note: pricing does NOT include the $40 Euro Prague School fee**

Course Highlights/Objectives:

Review Fundamental Concepts:

Quick review of proper breathing, intra-abdominal pressure, trunk stabilization and lower extremity support.

Developmental Positions Competency:

Skillfully utilize developmental positions, incorporating modifications for both regression and progression based on observed recruitment patterns to facilitate improved results.

Understand the Impact:

Explore how impaired lower extremity support and intra-abdominal pressure contribute to issues in the low back, knees, and hips, along with their role in causing performance plateaus.   

Compensatory Patterns and Strategies:

Identify common compensatory patterns associated with insufficient intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) and lower extremity (LE) muscle recruitment. Gain the skills to confidently address and enhance these patterns.

Advancing Further:

Explore the effectiveness of training pelvis over femur in functional movements, recognize the impact foot support has on proximal muscle recruitment and trunk stabilization, discover the powerful changes when facilitating eccentric gluteal function, and move beyond conventional cues like "knees over toes" by conducting a comprehensive alignment assessment.       

Participant feedback:

"The course was full of functional movements applicable to my practice. I could actually see in real-time the difference good IAP made on the lower extremities in the demonstrated positions. THE RESULTS ARE AMAZING! My biggest takeaway from this course was how important it is to build support through the LEs with good IAP, but I couldn’t have learned it without Erin’s teaching, keen eye, and subtle cueing. She is excellent at what she does and I learned so much in just a one day course. Highly recommend this course for anyone looking to further hone their eyes and touch and to make a more effective impact on their patients!" ~ E. Takei, Physical Therapist

Pre-requisite: Must have attended one prior DNS course

Audience: PTs, DCs, healthcare practitioners and movement professionals


Total Health Solutions

11485 W 8th Ave

Lakewood, CO

(near Denver)

Student to Instructor Ratio: Our course maintains a maximum student:instructor ratio of 12:1 to ensure quality learning.

Course Outline

8:30-9:00     Registration/Check in

9:00-10:00   REVIEW: DNS principles: Respiration, trunk stabilization, support v phasic function

10:00-10:20 REVIEW: DNS principles cont: rib/pelvis alignment, functional joint centration,  differentiation of muscle pull, foot support, developmental transitions, planned movement.

10:20-10:35 Break

10:35-11:00 BRIEF INTRO INTEGRATION OF LE SUPPORT & IAP/TRUNK STABILIZATION: implications, quality, monitoring and facilitation, eccentric v concentric, pelvis over femur and foot support

11:00-12:30 PRACTICAL SESSION: HOMOLOGOUS POSITIONS: QP to 6 months prone, low kneeling, kneeling & squat; pelvis over femur sagittal plane, respiration/IAP, foot support influence on proximal muscle recruitment and IAP/trunk stabilization.

12:30-1:30    Lunch

1:30-3:00     PRACTICAL SESSION: IPSILATERAL PATTERNS: side-lying, low oblique sit (variation) and high oblique sit, oblique stance; pelvis over femur in transverse plane, improving proximal co-activation around hip integrated with trunk stabilization/IAP.

3:00-3:15     Break

3:15-4:45     PRACTICAL SESSION: CONTRALATERAL PATTERNS: 4 months prone, differentiated QP, half kneel(+ variations), lunge; pelvis over femur (sagittal plane), STJN/foot support, hip joint centration.

4:45-5:00     Q&A


Course Pricing (early registration $295 ends June 15th, 2024)

Course registration fee is $385. Note: An additional Prague School fee of $40 euro applies. Please pay Prague School fee (link coming soon) at least 3 weeks prior to the course. 

About the Instructor: Erin McGuire PT, OCS

Erin McGuire has been practicing physical therapy for over 25 years and is one of the first internationally certified DNS practitioners. Her passion for movement and practice of DNS has led to her focus on the diaphragm and its functions, relating to both respiration and intra-abdominal pressure, and their critical role in creating optimal stabilization and movement.

Cancellation Policy

We offer full refunds for cancellations received no later than 21 days prior to the course date, less a $75 administrative fee. Unfortunately, we are unable to refund cancellations made within 21 days of the course date. In the event of a course cancellation by Back in Balance Physical Therapy and Erin McGuire due to unforeseen circumstances or low course participant numbers, full refunds will be provided to participants.

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