Assisted Stretching: PNF: Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

Toms River Campus: July 12,2024 • 9am-6pm

Presented by Jim Earley, LMT


This class will cover the following aspects of Sports Stretching: PNF STRETCHING (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) Upper and lower body.

PNF is a therapeutic approach used in physical therapy and rehabilitation to enhance flexibility, strength, and functional movement patterns in individuals with various musculoskeletal conditions. It involves a set of techniques and principles aimed at improving neuromuscular control, joint range of motion, and overall motor performance.

PNF techniques are grounded in the understanding of neurophysiology and the interaction between the nervous system and muscles.

Key principles of PNF include:

  1. Stretch-Contract-Relax: This is one of the fundamental PNF techniques. It involves a cycle of passive stretching, isometric contraction of the target muscle, and then relaxation. This pattern is believed to help increase muscle length and flexibility.
  2. Hold-Relax: Similar to stretch-contract-relax, this technique involves an isometric contraction followed by relaxation. In this case, the patient contracts the muscle being stretched against resistance, then relaxes, which can lead to an increased range of motion.
  3. Agonist-Contract: This technique involves an active contraction of the muscle opposite to the one being stretched. This contraction is usually performed against resistance and aims to activate the muscles that will facilitate the desired movement pattern.
  4. Reversal of Antagonists (ROA): Also known as "slow reversals," this technique focuses on enhancing movement control and coordination. It involves alternating between isotonic contractions of agonist and antagonist muscles while moving through a range of motion.
  5. Rhythmic Initiation: This technique focuses on initiating movement in a rhythmic and controlled manner. It can help patients who have difficulty initiating movement due to muscle stiffness or coordination issues.

Material discussed will include:

  • Types of Stretching/When to Stretch
  • Athletes and Stretching
  • PNF Stretching (Contract/Relax Stretching)
  • Active/Passive Facilitated Stretching

PNF stretching is an effective way to increase range of motion using facilitated stretching and resistance from the client. This provides a deeper stretch and self care for the therapist as well.

  • Presented by Jim Earley, Michael Phelps massage therapist, Olympic Team Sports Massage master
  • 8 CEs for LMTs
  • $225 per person; Registration & payment received one week in advance of class date
  • Late registration fee if space allows = $250
  • Does Not Include: sheets or oil/cream/lotion. Supplies can be purchased separately in our retail shop if in stock or you can bring your own. 
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