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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeff Yaver, PT (Kaiser Permanente)
Description: This book explains the use of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) in the treatment of patients with various impairments. The number and quality of the accompanying photos are a highlight.
Purpose: The purpose is to support the growth of the use of PNF in clinical settings. The authors state that they wanted to provide a practical book that would complement other textbooks. These objectives are met by the generous number of high quality photos that illustrate the different techniques.
Audience: While the authors do not identify a specific audience, this book would be an excellent reference for physical therapy students as well as physical therapists at all levels. PNF can be used in any setting, including in home health, the hospital setting, or an outpatient setting. Its use is not restricted to a specific patient population, and the principles and techniques of PNF address a spectrum of impairments throughout the lifespan. The authors are all senior instructors of the International PNF Association.
Features: "The book comprehensively covers the application of PNF to the scapula, pelvis, upper and lower extremities, neck, and trunk. It describes the patterns used during PNF, discusses the use of mat activities to improve a patient's mobility and stability, and presents PNF for gait training and activities of daily living. The most striking feature is the inclusion of over 650 photos depicting different uses of PNF. Photos are large enough to see details of hand placement and patient and therapist position, and vectors on the photos illustrate the direction of the applied force. "
Assessment: This book clearly explains the rationales for, and uses of, PNF. A section of questions at the end of each chapter gives readers a chance to test their knowledge and understanding. The photos illustrating the different techniques with well-written instructions are the true strength of this book.