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The Peter Attia Drive

Mar 8, 2021

Michael Rintala is a sports medicine chiropractor and one of only 18 international instructors teaching dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS) for the Prague School of Rehabilitation. This episode focuses on understanding DNS, including the foundational principles and how it relates to human motor development. Michael also shares the most common injuries and issues he sees in patients in his practice, such as postural problems and back pain, and how the movements of a DNS program are used to avoid injury, maintain longevity, and improve sports performance.

We discuss:

  • Michael’s background in chiropractic sports medicine and rehabilitation (3:15);
  • The Prague School of Rehabilitation, and functional rehabilitation as the foundation of the dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS) program (5:00);
  • Foundational principles of DNS, and the role of the diaphragm in muscular stability (19:00);
  • Types of muscle contractions (28:15);
  • Human motor development through the lens of DNS, and when issues begin to arise (32:30);
  • Common postural syndromes (50:00);
  • Increasing functional threshold to minimize time in the functional gap (56:45);
  • DNS for injuries, pain, pre-habilitation, and performance enhancement (1:03:45);
  • Etiology of back pain (1:10:00);
  • How a stress fracture in his back led Michael to the Prague School (1:16:00);
  • The Prague School curriculum: 3 tracks for certification in DNS (1:20:45); and
  • More.

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