PNF in Practice: An Illustrated Guide / Edition 3

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PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) is an approach 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 third 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. The section on Activities of Daily Living has been expanded with new photos and more in-depth text instructions. A new fresh design and layout highlight the clearly structured way in which philosophy, basic procedures and treatment patterns of PNF are presented. Thus, this textbook provides a systematic and easily accessible guide to learning and understanding PNF as a practical tool and using it to full effect in patient 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: Barbara Jean Billek-Sawhney, PT, EdD, MS, GCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: This third edition of a guide to proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) boasts 215 figures and 564 separate illustrations.
Purpose: The primary goal is to provide therapists with basic guidelines through advanced instruction on how to use PNF in the management of patients. This is a noteworthy objective considering the vast changes in the field of rehabilitation and the emphasis on motor learning. The preface notes that the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF), current aspects of motor learning and motor control, and activities of daily living (ADLs) are new to this edition.
Audience: The book appears most appropriate for entry-level physical and occupational therapy students. It also may be appropriate as an adjunct text for physical and occupational therapists looking to develop further skills in employing PNF in rehabilitation. All of the authors have many years of training and practice in PNF.
Features: The 14 chapters progress from a basic overview to in-depth, advanced techniques. The first five chapters provide the groundwork with an introduction, basic procedures, techniques, patient treatment, and patterns of facilitation. With chapter six, the authors address specific parts of the body, i.e., the scapula and pelvis, the upper extremity, the lower extremity, the neck, and the trunk. Mat activities, gait training, vital function, and activities of daily living are the focus of the final four chapters. There are numerous pictures throughout and there is a limited glossary at the end with 31 definitions. Unfortunately, many PNF techniques are not listed there, including contract relax, hold relax, rhythmic initiation, and others. Because the book lacks an index, readers are required to go back to the table of contents to find what they need. Despite the statements in the preface, there is very little in the book on ICF, ADLs, and motor learning. The ICF is presented in a box, but how PNF relates to it is not discussed.
Assessment: The book provides an overview of PNF for physical and occupational therapists as well as students. Compared to two older publications that I've used, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Patterns and Techniques, 3rd edition, Voss et al. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1985), and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation: Patterns and Techniques, 2nd edition, Knott and Voss (Harper and Row, 1968), the descriptions and images in this book are more difficult to follow. Using arrows overlaying the images may have been helpful. With the current emphasis on evidence-based practice, it would have been beneficial if the book had incorporated current research on the use of PNF.
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: 9783540739012
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 12/3/2007
  • Edition description: 3rd ed. 2008
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (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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