FLEX-ABILITY: MUSCLE ENERGY/ PNF STRETCHING
By Theresa A. Schmidt, PT,DPT,MS,OCS,LMT,CEAS,CHY
With the time spent working and using technology, who has time to stretch these days? As people become less active and time marches on, the body tends to stiffen, resulting in reduced flexibility, painful movements, and limited functional performance. Specialized stretching techniques make it easy to restore mobility and function using muscle energy/PNF. This program reviews how flexibility is measured, muscle reflexes, and types of muscle contractions used to trick the body into allowing greater degrees of range of motion using neuromotor reflexes. Using reciprocal inhibition, post-isometric relaxation and other reflexes can facilitate the stretching process and improve flexibility. Examples of muscle energy stretches are illustrated with guidelines for clinical use to improve range of motion.
- Discuss components of flexibility, how it is measured, and normative reference values for joint mobility
- Describe neuromotor reflexes and their contribution to muscle length and tension.
- Utilize muscle energy reflexes to facilitate stretching and improve functional mobility.
Contact hours: 2.0
Course type: Home Study
Audience: health professionals
Level: Beginner, intermediate