PNF Stretch Therapy

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Fasilitiation (PNF) Stretching was originally created as a rehabilitation technique, but has been used for years as an alternative method of stretching. It is capable of facilitating greater gains in flexibility in a shorter amount of time than with other methods, such as static stretching or dynamic stretching. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation involves the use of muscle contraction before the stretch in an attempt to achieve maximum muscle relaxation. PNF also typically involves a partner who assists the stretcher by actively stretching the muscle. Each PNF stretch is done by alternating the contraction and relaxation of both agonist and antagonist muscles. It is usually done by a 10 second holding/contraction phase followed by a 10 second relaxation phase