proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation


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facilitation

 [fah-sil″ĭ-ta´shun]
2. the enabling of a process or leading of a group.
3. the increased excitability of a neuron after stimulation by a subthreshold presynaptic impulse; the resistance is diminished so that a second application of the stimulus evokes the reaction more easily.
forgiveness facilitation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as assisting an individual to forgive and/or experience forgiveness in relationship with self, others, and higher power.
grief work facilitation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as assistance with the resolution of a significant loss. See also grief.
grief work facilitation, perinatal in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as assistance with the resolution of a perinatal loss.
guilt work facilitation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as helping another to cope with painful feelings of responsibility; actual or perceived.
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meditation facilitation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as facilitating a person to alter his/her level of awareness by focusing specifically on an image or thought.
pass facilitation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as arranging a leave for a patient from a health care facility.
proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) a neuromuscular treatment method for restoring movement and mobility using sensory inputs to direct motions in diagonal patterns; it emphasizes that movements must be specific and directed toward a goal.
self-responsibility facilitation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as encouraging a patient to assume more responsibility for his or her own behavior.
spiritual growth facilitation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as facilitation of growth in a patient's capacity to identify, connect with, and call upon the source of meaning, purpose, comfort, strength, and hope in his/her life.
visitation facilitation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as promoting beneficial visits by family and friends.

pro·pri·o·cep·tive neu·ro·mus·cu·lar fa·cil·i·ta·tion

(PNF) (prō'prē-ō-sep'tiv nūr'ō-mŭs'kyū-lăr fă-sil'i-tā'shŭn)
Bodywork modality to improve range of joint motion (flexibility) by stimulating proprioceptors in muscles, joints, and tendons before joint extension.
See also: muscle energy technique, Brunnstrom movement therapy
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A comparasion of selected protocols during proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching.
Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, together with progressive strengthening exercises, restores muscle strength and functional use of the limb.
* The mean power was significantly lower when comparing dynamic stretching.to proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
The most common approaches are the static, dynamic, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) methods.
"Differential Responses to Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretch Techniques." Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 22(1): 106-111.
Assisted stretching is often incorrectly thought to be synonymous with "Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation".
PNF stretching, or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, is a method of flexibility training that can reduce hypertonus, allowing muscles to relax and lengthen.
Today, it is common to use different stretching techniques and, in particular, the use of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) is commonly used to lengthen the musculotendinous unit and as a result increasing the range of motion of a specific joint (22).