Petra graduated with a Master’s degree from the Department of Physical Therapy at Palacky University in Olomouc in 1998. She specializes in locomotor system dysfunction rehabilitation. She achieved her Doctorate in Kinanthropology with a focus on Biomechanics in 2001. Her main interest is biomechanics and the kinematic analysis of gait.
Since 2002 Petra worked as a physical therapist at the Rehabilitation and Sport Medicine Department at the Motol University Hospital in Prague. She treats adults and children with movement impairments caused by neurological, orthopaedic and traumatic disturbances.
Petra is also a university lecturer of physical therapy and general medicine at the Charles’ University Medical School. Her lectures include Sports Medicine, Biomechanics, Bobath Concept and Vojta Reflex Locomotion methods. She has also specialized in surface electromyography assessment and has published several articles regarding surface electromyographical studies.
As of October 2011, Petra became Chief physiotherapist at the Centre of Movement Medicine located in Prague (http://www.cpmpk.cz)-which is one of the two private clinics owned by Professor Kolář-and oversees both departments of physical therapy since 2018.
Petra is a certified in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Vojta Reflex locomotion principles, Mobilization and Soft Tissue Techniques according to Lewit, and the Bobath Method for adults. She also completed courses in Neurodynamics according to Butler, Quadrupedal Locomotion method according to Klapp, Taping methods including Kinesiotaping, Stecco Fascia Manipulation, and the Barral Institute method of Visceral Manipulation.
Petra works closely under Professor Pavel Kolar’s supervision, she is an expert in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization and is also a certified Instructor in Developmental Kinesiology and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization since 2002.
She regularly teaches DNS courses throughout Europe, USA, Canada, South America, China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Australia.
Petra has been a Fitness Step Team World Champion in 2003 and 2004, and European Champion in 2004.
Petra currently resides in Czech Republic, near Prague with her husband, daughter and son.
Publications - papers in English:
▪Valouchová, P., Lewit, K (2009) Surface electromyography of abdominal and back muscles in patients with active scars, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies July 2009, Volume 13, ISSN 1360-8592, pp. 262–267
▪Valouchová, P., Lewit, K. (2009) Influence of active scars in abdominal wall on abdominal and back muscles activity in chronic low back pain - surface electromyography pilot study. Journal of International Musculoskeletal Medicine, Volume 30, Number 3, Publisher: Maney Publishing, pp. 127-132(6)
▪Valouchova P, Liebenson C. Self-management: Patient section, The New Abds, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies., 2009;13:112-113
Chapters in books:
▪Valouchová, P., Lewit, K. Manual therapy treatment of scar tissue Chapter 7.8. In Schleip R. Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body: The science and clinical applications in manual and movement therapy 1st Edition. 2010. ISBN-10: 0702034258
▪Valouchová, P., Kolář. P. (2013) Examination of postural function – Gait in Kolář et al. Clinical Rehabilitation, Prague: School Rehabilitation, pp. 50-52, ISBN 978-80-905438-0-5
▪Valouchová, P. Kolář. P. (2013) Kinesiology of shoulder girdle in Kolář, P. et al. Clinical Rehabilitation, Prague: School Rehabilitation, pp. 154- 163, ISBN 978-80-905438-0-5
▪Valouchová, P. Dyrhonová, O. Kříž, J., Kolář, P. (2013) Treatment rehabilitation in orthopedics and traumatology – Shoulder girdle in Kolář, P. et al. Clinical Rehabilitation, Prague: School Rehabilitation, pp. 508- 518, ISBN 978-80-905438-0-5
▪Zedka, M., Valouchová, P. (2013) Laboratory examination of movement – Electromyografic analysis in Biomechanics in Kolář, P. et al. Clinical Rehabilitation, Prague: School Rehabilitation, pp. 216-218, ISBN 978-80-905438-0-5
▪Kobesova A, Valouchova P, Kolar P Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization: Exercises Based on Developmental Kinesiology Models, Functional Training Handbook, Wolters & Kluwer, 2014: 25-51. , 13:978-1-58255-920-9.
▪Kolar P, Kobesova A, Valouchova P, Bitnar P. Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization: assessment methods, Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders, 2014;93-98, 978-0-7020-4980-4
▪Kolar P, Kobesova A, Valouchova P, Bitnar P. Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization: developmental kinesiology: breathing stereotypes and postural-locomotion function, Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders, 2014;11-22, 978-0-7020-4980-4
▪Kolar P, Kobesova A, Valouchova P, Bitnar P. Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization: treatment methods, Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders, 2014;163-168, 978-0-7020-4980-4