The concept of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation and kinetotherapeutic interventions

Author: Elena Căciulan, Daniela Stanca
Kinetodema, Bucharest, Romania

Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) represents a treatment whose basis have been set during 1940 – 1950, by Herman Kabat, a physician and neurologist who considers that any human being, including the one suffering from disability, owns an unexploited functioning potential. At the beginning PNF has been utilized to treat patients suffering from poliomyelitis but as experimentation advanced, it has begun clearer that this type of treatment has effects upon the patients suffering from other affections (Kabat, & Knapp, 1944). Valuing the concept of neuro-proprioceptive facilitation consists in using specific treatment techniques and procedures, along with establishing the following basic procedures (Adler, Beckers, & Buck, 2014).

Keywords: Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, kinetotherapists