PNF: Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
PNF is a stretching technique utilised to increase RON (range of motion) and flexibility. PNF increases ROM by increasing the length of the muscle and increasing neuromuscular efficiency. PNF stretching has been found to increase ROM in trained, as well as untrained, individuals.
PNF and static stretches are beneficial for a number of different reasons, some of these include:
* Decreased stress - High levels of stress can cause your muscles to feel tense and tight. Stretching your muscles can help them relax and, when combined with mindful breathing exercises, it can also reduce mental tension and anxiety
* Increased blood flow - Stretching can also improve circulation. Increased blood flow may help your muscles recover more quickly after you’ve exercised
* Improved performance - Boosting the flexibility of your muscles can enhance your agility, speed, and muscle strength
* Less pain and stiffness - Having tense, tight, or overworked muscles can cause pain and discomfort. Research has shown that static stretching is an effective way to reduce stiffness in tight muscles. This, in turn, can also lead to reduced pain, which may help you tackle your daily tasks more easily.