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How can osteopathy & DNS help your surfing and overall well-being?

What is Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)?

DNS is a rehabilitation approach that focuses on optimizing movement patterns and stabilizing the core using developmental positions and neurophysiological principles. Osteopathy is manual healthcare that recognizes the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopathy and DNS are two complementary approaches that can work together to improve general well-being. While DNS and osteopathy have different underlying principles and techniques, they share common goals of optimizing movement, restoring function, and promoting overall health.

DNS and Surfing

Balance, coordination, and strength are crucial for surfing. There are many ways that DNS can help to enhance these skills to improve your surfing. These include:

  • Core Stabilization
  • Postural Control
  • Movement Patterns and Motor Control
  • Breathing and Respiratory Functions

DNS exercises emphasize the activation and coordination of the deep stabilizing muscles, including the core muscles, which are crucial for maintaining stability and generating power during surfing. By training the core muscles to work in a coordinated manner, DNS can enhance core stability and improve the transfer of forces which is important for balance, maneuvering, and generating power while surfing. Coupled with this, DNS exercises aim to optimize body mechanics during paddling, popping up, and riding waves to help maintain balance on the surfboard.

By re-establishing functional movement patterns based on the developmental sequence, DNS aims to restore efficient movement patterns and motor control by activating the appropriate muscles in the correct sequence, thus improving the fluidity, coordination, and precision of movements involved in surfing. DNS also incorporates specific breathing techniques to facilitate core stability and optimize intra-abdominal pressure. Through proper breathing patterns and efficient respiratory function, surfers can enhance oxygenation, support core stability, and contribute to overall relaxation and focus while riding waves.

DNS and Everyday Living

DNS can help with everyday movements and is not just for surfers or athletes. These exercises can be incorporated into all osteopathic treatments for a wide range of functional movements and common conditions, including:

  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Chronic pain
  • Postural problems
  • Sports injuries

Dr. Jamie Bennett is an AHPRA-registered Osteopath and certified DNS exercise practitioner. Through hands-on osteopathic treatment and DNS exercise, Jamie’s combined approach to healthcare can help you to achieve your goals. As the only registered DNS Practitioner in Byron Bay, Jamie’s dedication to providing these services is unparalleled.

For more information on how DNS and osteopathy may benefit you, contact our clinic today using the online form. If you would like to make a booking, you can do this here. For further information on DNS, visit their website.


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