DK method

The DK method is based on developmental kinesiological principles in orthopaedics and neurology that essentially define the principle of coordinated locomotion. Preliminary qualitative and quantitative analyses of locomotor function are indispensable in treating orthopaedic or neurological problems, and the strategy of DK treatment is focused on supporting and promoting physiologically correct movement patterns.

Indispensable elements of this method are therefore:
  • the locomotive principle;
  • the anti-gravitational potential – positional and postural stabilisation, exploiting eccentric muscle contraction to control motion against gravity; and
  • dynamic motion as propagation in three-dimensional space.
The aim is to achieve maximum performance with a minimum exertion of force and minimum attrition. The technique combines co-ordinated muscle movement with muscle power. The efficacy of the technique depends on the starting position adopted and on the afferent proprioceptive signals resulting from this spatial position. Understanding non-physiological movements in anatomical terms is fundamental to the DK method. Without this knowledge, treatment based on developmental kinesiology is hardly conceivable.

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