Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Rehabilitation was originally created to help treat neurological diseases, but has vast utility improving muscular contraction and movement efficiency for orthopedic problems. Some therapists at ALTA have taken advanced classes in PNF for orthopedic conditions and are truly impressed with the results.
Based on sound principles, these techniques improve core recruitment to gain stability in the trunk, hips and shoulders, which translates into more strength in the arms and legs. Some techniques focus on proper initiation of muscular contractions to improve joint positioning and stability, which leads to increased strength. Other techniques focus on restoring the control of the muscular chains that wrap around the trunk and extremities to ensure appropriate strength through all parts of a motion.
We see huge gains in athletic performance pretty quickly using PNF. It’s not just for the athlete though, PNF can make basic functions such as reaching up or rolling over in bed easier too.