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FAQ: Why Dynamic Neuromuscular Assessment™ Is For You

Within my athletic performance practice, the framework and methodology of Dynamic Neuromuscular Assessment™ has become key in assessing my clients and leading them back to their desired performance levels.

DNA™ integrates with multiple treatment modalities including PDTR, NKT, NMR, etc. – which combine with soft tissue and movement practices to help restore client’s health, movement, and performance.  The development of DNA™ has provided the framework and tools to find often hidden dysfunctions and causes of pain, even when the cause might be tied to old traumas. – Mark Kendall

Who would benefit from taking the DNA™ seminar?

Any professional who includes manual muscle testing in their therapeutic practice.

How is this seminar different than other modalities being offered?

DNA™ is the only manual muscle testing workshop that teaches a format I call Hybrid Movement Assessment. Hybrid Movement Assessment is the overarching skill you will learn in Dynamic Neuromuscular Assessment (DNA™).  This Essential Skill informs the other four (The Five Essential Skills).

By learning to seamlessly transition between direct muscle testing strategies and indirect muscle testing, you will increase your ability to make change in the nervous system of your clients. You will find that in DNA we redefine manual muscle testing by changing the paradigm of testing muscles to assessing the response to movement.  We will be asking ourselves, “Can the nervous system and the structure appropriately respond to the movement environment?”

Hybrid Movement Assessment strategies are essential for evaluating the players in respiration.  For example, the Intrinsic Kinetic Chain has many players that cannot be evaluated with direct muscle testing strategies.

Hybrid movement assessment is exceptionally powerful because it is not testing muscles.  Instead, it is about having a kinesthetic conversation and asking a foundational question whether the nervous system/structure can respond appropriately to movement stimulus.

DNA™ is a distillation of my 25 years’ experience using manual muscle testing as a diagnostic strategy. I developed this hybrid movement assessment nearly 20 years ago in my search to a short cut to find the quickest way possible to get the most results.  I had many insights along the way that form the basis of DNA.

Insight highlights from 25 years of practice:

  • The bodies intelligence already contains the answers to what the body needs to be healthy, whole, and complete. It then becomes a communication strategy to ask the body the right question.
  • The body doesn’t know individual muscles; the body only knows functional movement to accomplish the movement goal at hand. The body’s solution for accomplishing the movement goal is based on what functional components are available to assemble into the global movement.
  • Concentric muscle testing is taking a mere snap shot of movement.
  • Eccentric muscle testing is a loading/cueing of the whole movie.
  • Eccentric movement assessment can only be fully evaluated with hybrid movement assessment.
  • The SAID principle, specific adaptation to imposed demand, is one of the most important principles to consider when employing corrective strategies.

What can I expect to learn during the DNA™ Seminar?

In addition to hybrid muscle testing, you’ll also learn an integration of The Five Essential Skills that will have a quantum effect on the outcome of your work with clients. You will learn nuances in manual muscle testing that will refine your assessment skills.

Dynamic Neuromuscular Assessment™ is informed by The Five Principal Actions.  The Five Principal Actions have two primary attributes. One, developing the dynamic platform. And two, the storing & releasing elastic energy. Three elements are necessary to complete the dynamic platform: integration of the breathing apparatus, the ability to respond appropriately to gravity, and converting the absorption of load into ground force reaction. When the structure can respond appropriately to breath, shock absorption, and ground force reaction, then the generation of stored elastic energy and the translation of that stored elastic energy can be expressed optimally.

Is there support materials being provided for the workshop?

Absolutely! You will receive a printed DNA™ manual chocked full of information.  You will also receive access to a private discussion group on Facebook for therapists employing the DNA™ modality in their practice.  I am always happy to meet one-on-one to answer questions as well.

Do you have more questions?

DNA Seminar: Live Q&A next Wednesday, September 13th, 2017, 10am MT

Upcoming DNA™ Seminars

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