PNF is a type of stretching that aims to promote muscle flexibility and range of motion.
PNF is a stretching technique that involves both muscle contraction and relaxation. Your physiotherapist will gently stretch the muscle while you contract the muscle for about 5 seconds to resist the stretch. The force of contraction required will be determined by your physiotherapist based on the muscle's condition. The muscle is then relaxed, and your physiotherapist gently stretches it for another 30 seconds. After roughly 30 seconds of relaxation, the process is repeated numerous times more.
What role does PNF play in this?
Each time the muscle is kept in place, the incremental stretching and transition between contraction and relaxation allows the muscle to adapt to its new position. The next time you extend it, it will be able to stretch even more. Flexibility and range of motion can be improved if this is done on a regular basis.
PNF is beneficial to whom?
Individuals recuperating from muscle injuries may benefit from PNF as part of their treatment. It can also assist healthy people improve their flexibility and range of motion. This can help boost the body's ability to function in sporting activities.