proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation

proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation n a method of stretching muscles to maximize their flexibility that is often performed with a partner or trainer and that involves a series of contractions and relaxations with enforced stretching during the relaxation phase abbr. PNF

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a system of therapeutic exercise for the inhibition of spasticity, with emphasis on the training of specific diagonal or spiral body movements against resistance in synergistic patterns; long repetition of involuntary reflex movements is aimed at the eventual development of greater voluntary motor control.

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