This two-day, evidenced based, laboratory intensive course will focus on teaching a historically useful manual therapy technique, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF).  The course introduces PNF as a manual therapy and exercise intervention technique to address common pathologies of both upper and lower extremities.  The course is intended to provide the clinician with the skill to rehabilitate the patient with a hands-on, integrative approach. This will be accomplished through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and significant lab time. The structured sessions are aimed at emphasizing important concepts in neurophysiology and motor learning to improve neuromuscular control in orthopedic patients.  Mastery of these techniques requires a solid foundation in basic anatomy and the pathomechanics of the shoulder and hip.  Attendees will learn useful terminology, basic procedures, and techniques.

Participants will learn to successfully apply PNF techniques in a manner that each patient-centered session is both therapeutic intervention and assessment or evaluation.  The clinician will learn to develop and sequence a dynamic treatment plan incorporating PNF techniques that can be used for conservative and post-operative approaches.  Current clinical evidence supports the combination of these treatments when properly performed and prescribed by a skilled clinician.  Strategies for documentation and coding will also be covered.

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Educational Credit

A certificate of attendance for 15 Contact Hourswill be awarded to each participant. All Therapy Network Seminars are pre‐approved for CEUs in the state where the course is conducted when required for PT, OT, ATC & Assistants.

BOC Board of Certification, Inc. Approved Provider # P‐2563

AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education # 3073 Category 1 Domain of OT. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsements of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Audience

This course is intended for PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs and ATs

NOTE: Nothing in this course is to enable or permit the learner to apply techniques outside of the scope of practice in their individual state and discipline.

Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the PNF concept and the neurophysiology behind the PNF principles
  • Understand foundational principles of exercise and physiological adaptation. Correctly explain and differentiate motor learning, strength, power, hypertrophy, and endurance
  • Demonstrate clinical skills to determine a patient’s neuromuscular ability and select appropriate PNF therapy interventions based on understanding of anatomy and pathology in conjunction with patient responses
  • Perform basic PNF manual therapy techniques to facilitate neuromuscular control and improve patient recovery
  • Articulate appropriate PNF terms for documentation and CPT coding for charges

Schedule

  • Day 1

    8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
    8:30 Integrating the Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal System: A philosophy of rehabilitation for restoring
    function and its clinical implications
    8:45 Case Study I
    9:00 Review of the Nervous System
    CNS
    Motor Cortex
    - Organization
    - Overflow
    Cerebellum
    Brochman’s Area (visual/verbal inputs)
    Frontal
    Spinal Cord
    Reflexes
    Autogenic Inhibition
    Reciprocal Inhibition
    Muscle
    Agonist/Antagonist
    Summation
    10:00 BREAK
    10:15 Basic Principles and Procedures
    Application of Resistance
    Neural Overflow/Irradiation
    Manual Contact
    Patient and Therapist Body Position
    Verbal Commands
    Vision
    Traction & Approximation
    Timing
    Patterns
    10:45 PNF Techniques
    Rhythmic Initiation
    Hold Relax
    Contract Relax
    Dynamic Reversals
    Stabilizing Reversals
    Rhythmic Stabilization
    Summarizing Techniques and Their Goals
    11:15 Choosing Your Technique
    Using principles not protocols for progressions
    12:00 Lunch (On your own)
    1:00 LAB: Introducing the Patterns - Upper Extremity
    Demonstration and Practice Lab
    Shoulder
    Scapula
    Elbow
    Wrist & Hand
    3:00 BREAK
    3:15 LAB: Introducing the Patterns - Lower Extremity
    Demonstration and Practice Lab
    Ankle
    Knee
    Hip
    Gait & Trunk
    5:30 Questions and Adjourn
  • Day 2

    8:00 Shoulder Case Studies
    Facilitation of the elbow, wrist, and hand
    Scapular Motion
    9:00 Elbow Case Studies
    UCL Injuries
    Biceps Rupture
    10:00 BREAK
    10:15 Wrist & Hand Complex Case Studies
    10:45 Hip Case Studies
    Hip Flexor Injuries
    Hamstring Injuries
    Adductor/Groin Injuries
    11:00 Knee Case Studies
    12:00 Lunch (On your own)
    1:00 LAB: Where to start… How to finish…Upper Extremity
    Demonstration & Practice Lab
    2:30 BREAK
    2:45 LAB: Lower Extremity
    Demonstration & Practice Lab
    4:15 Variations of the techniques
    Knee Flexion vs. Extension
    Elbow Flexion vs. Extension
    Creating Functional Patterns
    4:30 Treatment Planning and Clinical Pearls: Putting it all together
    5:00 Questions and Adjourn

Cancellation Policy

Registration fee less a $75 administrative charge is refundable if cancellation received 14 days prior to program date. No refunds will be given after that time. Therapy Network, Inc. reserves the right to cancel a seminar and will refund in full the registration fee only. TNI is NOT responsible for registrants nonrefundable airfare, accommodations or fees.