PNF in Practice: An Illustrated Guide / Edition 4

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PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) is a concept to therapeutic exercise which therapists all over the world have found effective for treating patients with a wide range of diagnoses. The approach presented in this richly illustrated guide is based on the concepts set out by Dr. Herman Kabat and taught by Margaret Knott. The fully revised fourth edition demonstrates how the principles of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and aspects of motor learning and motor control (from "hands-on" to "hands-off" management) are applied in modern PNF evaluation and treatment.

PNF (Proprioceptive Facilitation) is an approach to therapeutic exercise which therapists all over the world have found effective for treating patients with a wide range of diagnosis. The approach presented here is based on the concepts set out by Dr. Herman Kabat and taught by Margaret Knott.

This second edition adds many new illustrations including demonstrations of the techniques and pictures of actual patient treatment. The gait section has been expanded with an introduction to the components of normal gait and photos of patient treatment in gait. The mat section has also been enlarged and includes illustrations of patient treatment.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
Deborah A. Josbeno
This how-to manual is an illustration of the proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) patterns and techniques for the clinician. Coverage includes beginning and advanced techniques in PNF covering mat activities and functional skills. This is a second edition text. The purpose is to review treatment methods developed by Dr. Kabot and expanded upon by Maggie Knott. The authors' intent is to provide comprehensive coverage of practical techniques with plentiful illustrations and provide a text that compliments other theoretical texts on PNF. I believe the authors have accomplished their objective in an outstanding manner. This book is written for the physical therapy practitioner in training or one who has clinical experience in movement disorders. However, it is also useful for other clinical disciplines such as occupational therapy. The authors are well suited to write this text and were all trained under Maggie Knott, a pioneer in PNF. This text includes over 200 figures and 500 illustrations. Topics include basic procedures and techniques for the extremities and trunk with functional emphasis on mat activities, gait training, and vital functions including breathing, swallowing, and speech. Evaluation, treatment planning, and goal setting are addressed in a separate chapter on patient treatment. The book is well referenced and has topical as well as cited references for further reading. Numerous tables and highlighted boxes are supplied to emphasize specific procedural techniques and key observations. Overall, the content is excellent and clearly explained. This is a very practical, easy reading text that would serve well in a clinical lab setting as part of atherapeutic exercise course. This book can also be use as a self- study guide and could serve as an excellent supplement to traditional texts in this field.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642349874
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Edition description: 4th fully revised ed. 2014
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 748,743
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Adler: Certified as Physical Therapist at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois; Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; PNF education in 1962 at the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, California Worked and taught with MaggieKnott; International PNF senior instructor of the IPNFA. Developed and led PNF courses in the USA and Europe

Dominiek Beckers: Master of Physical Therapy, Movement Science and Rehabilitation at the University of Leuven, Belgium in 1975; Physical Therapist at the Rehabilitation Center of Hoensbroek, The Netherlands since 1975; International PNF instructor since 1984; Instructor SCI Rehabilitation; Author of numerous books and articles

Math Buck: Certified as Physical Therapist at the Hoge School in Heerlen,The Netherlands in 1972; Physical Therapist at the Rehabilitation Center of Hoensbroek,The Netherlands, since 1973; International PNF instructor of the IPNFA since 1984. Currently a senior instructor and honorary member of the IPNFA; Co-author of numerous books and articles

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Basic Procedures for Facilitation.- Techniques.- Patient Treatment.- Patterns of Facilitation.- The Scapula and Pelvis.- The Upper Extremity.- The Lower Extremity.- The Neck.- The Trunk.- Mat Activities.- Gait Training.- Vital Functions.- Activities of Daily Living.- Test Your knowledge: Questions and Answers.- Glossary.

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