Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation is a treatment technique that aims to achieve economical muscle interaction.
The human body contains motion sensors, so-called receptors. These receptors ensure that humans know – without having to look – how the body moves or in which position it is located. This perception is called “proprioceptive”. PNF therapy is intended to promote movement organisation by strengthening the perception of receptors. The therapy stimulates the receptors in muscles, joints and tendons and activates them. When receptors, nerves and muscles work together (“neuromuscular”) everyday movements can be exercised more easily (“fazilitation”).
Before PNF therapy can be performed, it is necessary to examine the patient’s movement abilities in order to specifically train existing skills in the course of the therapy. The movement and posture control is improved by regular repetition of exercises aimed at it. Pain is also relieved and safety is restored in everyday life.
This form of therapy is particularly suitable for movement disorders, which are pre-primordial due to diseases such as multiple sclerosis, strokes, paraplegia or Parkinson’s disease. But PNF therapy can also be very helpful in sports accidents or back pain.