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Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) 

Recognized as one of the early holistic approaches to patient care in the world of rehabilitation, PNF was developed in the 1940s by Dr. Herman Kabat and Margaret "Maggie" Knott, a physical therapist.  It's ideas and techniques have provided some of the foundation for current physical therapy practices. 

PNF is based on the experiences of Dr. Kabat and Maggie applying there knowledge of anatomy and rehabilitation to people at what was then known as the Kaiser-Kabat Institute.  Then and now, PNF looks at what an individual can do and allows people to achieve their maximum potential by utilizing a "hands-on" therapeutic approach.  The work has evolved over the years, with new advances in medicine and the understanding of underlying systems.  The emphasis continues to be on mobilizing the individual with an understanding of bio-mechanics and motor learning to achieve an outcome or complete a functional task.

Today, PNF is taught all over the world in a variety of educational settings.  PNF can be found as a component of the physical therapy curriculum at many universities in the United States and abroad.  Continuing Education Courses are taught in small class settings over a week or even a weekend.  Outside the United States, there is a series of courses from Basic to Advanced, that are taught by certified instructors and are governed by the rules of the International PNF Association.  For many, immersion in the work can be found through a special post-graduate training program that is imbedded within the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, California. 


For more information visit

www.ipnfa.org


 

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