PNF stretching, or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching, are stretching techniques commonly used in clinical environments to enhance both active and passive range of motion with the ultimate goal being to optimize motor performance and rehabilitation.
The literature regarding PNF has made the technique the optimal stretching method when the aim is to increase range of motion, especially in short-term changes. Generally an active PNF stretch involves a shortening contraction of the opposing muscle to place the target muscle on stretch. This is followed by an isometric contraction of the target muscle.
PNF stretching has been indicated to help athletes improve performance. Not only does it increase flexibility, but it also has the ability to improve muscular strength.
Call Dr. Harry at Accident & Injury Clinics today at 386-456-4878 to schedule your chiropractic appointment and find out if PNF stretching is right for you.