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PNF I

PNF I: Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation I
The Functional Link For Manual Therapists

Prerequisites: None

Required Course Preparation
Prior to the classroom portion of this course, all students must complete required course preparation.  The preparation for PNFI includes videos, quizzes, and articles.  Plan to spend approximately 4 hours learning this important information.  Once enrolled in a course, required course preparation can be found by logging on to your IPA account and selecting "My Upcoming Courses."  If you have any trouble accessing the required course preparation please call our office at 970-870-9521 for assistance. Also, please note that approved CEUs may vary depending on individual states' treatment of Online vs. Classroom Instruction.

 Required Equipment: Print the Video Handout Reference from the precourse work to add to your course manual if desired.  The precourse Video Handout Reference makes up pages 8-21 of the PNFI manual, and can be inserted into the manual you receive when you arrive at the course.

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Purpose
To effectively treat as a Functional Manual TherapistTM, one must address the interrelationship between the neuromuscular, soft tissue, and articular systems. PNF I offers a dynamic and functional evaluation and treatment approach to this interrelationship based on specific analysis of motor recruitment patterns and Characteristics of Neuromuscular Function. This course progresses from specific shoulder girdle, pelvic girdle, and trunk patterns to weight bearing postures and movements. Content emphasizes the establishment of efficient motor recruitment patterns for rehabilitation of neurological and orthopedic patients and post manipulative techniques. The material in this course is directly related to current neurophysiology of muscle function and motor control.

Objectives
Develop manual skills to improve cervical, upper extremity, and trunk function with PNF scapula patterns.

Develop manual skills to improve lumbar, pelvic, and lower extremity function utilizing PNF Pelvic patterns.To train the participant to utilize manual facilitation to enhance the patient’s Proprioceptive awareness, neuromuscular response for initiation, strength, and endurance, and to facilitate motor learning.

Become proficient at using the technique Tonic Spread to effectively facilitate Automatic Core Engagement (ACE) of the trunk and interconnecting segments.To develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of PNF as an inherent component of Functional MobilizationTM and motor control rehabilitation.

Apply the principles of PNF to effectively facilitate CoreFirst™ strategies for efficient motor control in bed mobility, hook lying, sitting, and gait.

Instructor Note
The instructor advertised for the course is the intended primary instructor. Every effort is made to hold the course with the scheduled instructor. Course refunds or transfers will not be granted based on a change of instructor. Please note there may be a change of instructor(s) without prior notice.

Multiple instructors are scheduled for each course. However, the actual number of instructors at a course will be determined by final enrollment.

Hours
3 Days, 24-28 Hours (Approved CEUs vary by state.)
Note: PNF I requires students to complete online videos before attending the classroom instruction. Approved CEUs for this course may vary depending on individual states' treatment of Online vs. Classroom Instruction. Before registering for a course you should verify approved CEUs with your state licensing board or association. State rules are subject to change. IPA courses are approved for the state in which the course is held.

Breaks
No food will be provided during PNFI courses.  You are welcome to bring your own snacks if desired.

Attendance
Audience: PT, PTA, OT. OTAs may attend with supervising PT or OT.

Each student is expected to complete required reading and video reviews prior to the classroom instruction and attend all hours of classroom instruction to receive a certificate of completion. Any exceptions to this policy must be pre-approved in writing by the Directors.

Lab Clothing 
Wear comfortable clothing for lectures and sitting labs.  Participants' bodies must be accessible for observation and treatment. Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry. Because there is a great deal of kneeling during this course, you may want to bring knee pads. Also, please bring proper shoes for Sundays' Gait lab.

Women: Sports top or loose fitting shirt so scapula is accessible, and shorts with loose waist.

Men: Shorts or swim trunks with loose waist.

ALL:  Warm-up suites or other clothing worn over the above described attire is advised to ensure comfort between demonstrations as temperatures in the room may vary.

Course Preparation
This 3 day workshop is quite demanding and intense.  Please come prepared and rested.  Review the basic anatomy of the scapula and pelvis muscles and joints.  This knowledge will serve as an important foundation for the principles and procedures taught. Be sure to complete the required course preparation listed above.

Recommended Reading
PNF in Practice, Adler, Susan, Beckers, Dominiek, and Buck, Math. 3rd Ed., NY: Springer Verlag, 2008.  Available at Amazon.com or www.springer.com, phone 800-777-4643, fax 201-348-4505, email:  service-ny@springer.com.

Any current literature on motor training.

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