PNF stretching


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PNF stretching

A method used by physical therapists to increase the range of motion of a specific joint. PNF stretching is regarded as the fastest and most effective way to increase static-passive flexibility.
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2015), no significant differences were observed following antagonist PNF stretching (Paz et al.
19-21) Common types of passive flexibility training programs are static stretch and some PNF stretching techniques.
7%), regardless of the exercise intensity or muscle group on repetition performance during knee extension and the BP exercises with different load intensities (40%, 60%, and 80% of 1RM) after 3 sets of PNF stretching at a duration of 30 sec for the quadriceps femoris and the pectoralis major muscles.
PNF stretching is a stretching technique that is usually done with a partner.
Wallin et al (1985) investigated the effect of 30 days of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) and ballistic stretching, and 30 days of on-going PNF stretching with different stretching frequencies from one to five times a week.
PNF stretching, or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, is a method of flexibility training that can reduce hypertonus, allowing muscles to relax and lengthen.
Verrall et al's investigation [44] added interventions like PNF stretching, sport specific training and anaerobic training.
PNF stretching (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)--performing a stretch and then contracting the muscle.
Active and PNF stretching, however, which involve progressive muscle contraction and specific patterns of movement against external loading over the full range of movement, seem to offer the most effective means of improving the full range of functional performance in sport (running) and exercise.
Obviously, PNF stretching requires a trained partner and great care.
The inverse stretch reflex is the basis of PNF stretching, allowing a greater stretch of the muscle by utilizing the neuromuscular responses of the body.