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PNF I: The Functional Approach to Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

Friday, November 2 at 12:00 AM
Des Moines University, Academic Center, 2nd floor, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map




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To effectively treat as a Functional Manual Therapist, one must address the interrelationship between the neuromuscular, soft tissue, and articular systems. PNF I offers a dynamic and functional evaluation and treatment approach to this interrelationship based on specific analysis of motor recruitment patterns and Characteristics of Neuromuscular Control. This course progresses from specific shoulder girdle, pelvic girdle, and trunk patterns to weight bearing postures and movements. Content emphasizes the establishment of efficient motor recruitment patterns for rehabilitation of neurological and orthopedic patients and post manipulative techniques. The material in this course is directly related to current neurophysiology of muscle function and motor control.


  • Identify the philosophy and principles of PNF.
  • Develop the participant’s palpation and manual skills necessary to effectively assess the efficiency of motor recruitment patterns.
  • Train the participant to utilize manual facilitation to enhance the patient’s Proprioceptive awareness, neuromuscular response for initiation, strength, and endurance, and to facility motor learning.
  • In lab sessions, practice and perform scapula, pelvic, trunk, and learning sequence patterns for specific evaluation and treatment of motor control dysfunctions.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of PNF as an inherent component of Functional Mobilization and motor control rehabilitation.
  • Correlate the current literature, anatomy, and physiology to course material.


8– 8:30 a.m. Check-in.
8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Movement Assessment and Reeducation of the trunk scapula & pelvis patterns, and treatment techniques to address specific dysfunction, mass & reciprocal trunk patterns).
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Continue to explore Characteristics of Neuromuscular Control in various postures and positions such as sidelying, on elbows, hook-lying, and quadruped.
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sitting and Gait Assessment and Reeducation. Patient Demonstration.

Schedule may necessitate changes due to travel restrictions of the instructor. The instructor will discuss any changes at the beginning of the course if applicable.

Instructor note

The instructor advertised for the course is the intended primary instructor. Every effort is made to hold the course with the scheduled instructor. Course refunds or transfers will not be granted based on a change of instructor. Please note there may be a change of instructor(s) without prior notice.

Multiple instructors are scheduled for each course. However, the actual number of instructors at a course will be determined by final enrollment.

CEU hours

3 Days, 28 Contact Hours


No food will be provided during course breaks.  You are welcome to bring your own snacks if desired.


PT, PTA, OT. OTAs may attend with supervising PT or OT.

Each student is expected to attend all hours of instruction to receive a certificate of completion. Any exceptions to this policy must be pre-approved in writing by the Directors.

Lab clothing

Wear comfortable clothing for lectures and sitting labs.  Participants’ bodies must be accessible for observation and treatment. Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry. Because there is a great deal of kneeling during this course, you may want to bring knee pads. Also, please bring proper shoes for Sundays’ Gait lab.

Women: Sports top or loose fitting shirt so scapula is accessible, and shorts with loose waist.

Men: Shorts or swim trunks with loose waist.

All:  Warm-up suites or other clothing worn over the above described attire is advised to ensure comfort between demonstrations as temperatures in the room may vary.

Hotel accommodations

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Course preparation

This 3 day workshop is quite demanding and intense.  Please come prepared and rested.  Review the basic anatomy of the scapula and pelvis muscles and joints.  This knowledge will serve as an important foundation for the principles and procedures taught.

Required reading

Rational Manual Therapies, Basmajian and Nyber, Chapter 11 “Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation” by Vicky L. Saliba, Gregory S. Johnson and Cheryl Wardlaw.

  • PNF in Practice, Adler, Susan, Beckers, Dominiek, and Buck, Math. 3rd Ed., NY: Springer Verlag, 2008.  Available at Amazon.com or www.springer.com, phone 800-777-4643, fax 201-348-4505, email:  service-ny@springer.com.
  • Any current literature on motor training.


The cost to attend is $660. For questions call 970-870-9521.

Register online


Institute of Physical ArtThe Institute of Physical Art, Inc.
43449 Elk Run
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487Phone: 970 870-9521
Fax: 970 870-9351

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