proprioceptor neuromuscular facilitation stretching
proprioceptor neuromuscular facilitation stretchingA stretching technique that re-educates muscles by “tricking” the proprioceptors into allowing increased ranges of motion by reducing the tensing of the muscles that normally occurs at the preset limits to the range of motion; the technique consists of stretching the muscle to a comfortable limit followed by having the client tense the muscle during the stretch, which slightly increases the range of motion. PNF stretching increases muscle flexibility, and is of use in sports massage.
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proprioceptor neuromuscular facilitation stretchingPNF stretching Sports medicine A stretching technique that reeducates muscles by 'tricking' proprioceptors into allowing ↑ ROM, by ↓ tensing of muscles that normally occurs at preset limits to ROM. See Massage, Range of motion.
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