Having completed her Physiotherapy Bachelor’s degree at the Third Medical Faculty of Charles University, Prague, in 2002.
Lenka Oplatková began working as a physiotherapist at the Rehabilitation Clinic of the University Hospital Motol in Prague with a focus on post spinal cord operational treatment.
In 2005 she acquired her Master’s degree at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport of Charles University. She became a staff member of the Rehabilitation Clinic of the University Hospital Motol headed by Professor Pavel Kolar where she spent a number of years working at the Spinal Cord Unit, including as head of the unit, thus obtaining a wide range of experience with neurologic patients. Since her return after her maternity leave, she works within the Outpatient Department of the Rehabilitation Clinic where a large number of the clients are neurologic and orthopedic patients and also athletes.
When treating athletes Lenka specializes mostly in runners and tennis players.
Lenka has completed numerous professional courses such as courses of the Prague School of Manual Medicine & Rehabilitation, Reflex Locomotion according to Vojta and many others incl. Fascia mobilization by Stecco, Mojžíšová, McKenzie, sports training and medical taping. She received a certificate of the successful completion of a training course with the Lokomat.
She serves as a certified instructor for “Kolar´s Approach to Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization: A Developmental Kinesiology Model” She taught numerous courses both in the Czech Republic and Slovakia as well as in other European countries, North America, Israel, South Corea, Taiwan, Thailand, China, and the Philippines. She contributes to the success of this highly prized concept with a unique blend of a rich knowledge background, pedagogical skills and an open thoughtful approach towards her patients, students, and colleagues.
Apart from the DNS, she serves also as an instructor in rehabilitation to both medical and physiotherapy students at Prague’s Charles University.
Etiology of musculoskeletal pain, in particular back pain, is often evaluated from an anatomical and biomechanical standpoint, and the influence of external forces (i.e. loading) acting on the spine. What is often missing is the evaluation of internal forces induced by the patient’s own musculature. The stabilizing function of muscles plays a critical and decisive postural role, which in turn, is dependent on the quality of central nervous system (CNS) control. Kolar’s approach to Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is a new and unique approach explaining the importance of the neurophysiological principles of the movement system. The DNS encompasses principles of developmental kinesiology during the 1st year of the life; these principles define ideal posture, breathing stereotypes and functional joint centration from a “neurodevelopmental” paradigm. DNS presents a critical set of functional tests to analyze the quality of functional stability of the spinal and joint stabilizers, and to assist in finding the “key link” of dysfunction. The stabilization training approach is based on ontogenetic global postural-locomotor patterns. The primary goal is to optimize distribution of internal forces of the muscles acting on each segment of the spine and/or any other joint. In the DNS training concept, client education and participation are imperative to reinforce ideal coordination among all stabilizing muscles to achieve the best sport performance.
DNS Sport Course attendees are advised how to start training of ideal postural-stabilization function in basic, i.e. the easiest positions and how to progress with the exercise by using more challenging positions, applying resistance and/or by adding limb movement to meet client’s specific requirements and sport goals.
Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology.
Describe the relationship between development during the first year of life and dysfunction of the locomotor system in adulthood.
Discuss and demonstrate the basis of human movement: support, stepping forward, the biomechanics of motor function, the verticalization process & functional joint centration in postural development.
Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns.
Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually and utilizing dynamic functional tests.
Integrate corrective exercises based on the DNS functional tests and developmental positions in supine, prone, low kneeling, oblique sit, and quadruped global movements.
Demonstrate how DNS corrective exercises can be integrated with other exercise strategies.