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Functional Mobility Through Manual Facilitation

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

The application of PNF facilitation techniques enhance muscular activation directly and indirectly through the principle of irradiation. Knowing how to utilize indirect, as well as, direct treatment techniques is an essential tool for all therapists, as it enhances patient engagement and improves functional movement outcomes. Clinicians and patients see immediate results which encourages them to build upon the gains they achieve during subsequent visits. The information presented in this course is applicable to a large variety of diagnoses including orthopedic, neurological, geriatric and general debilitated patients. While the course content is applicable to all treatment settings, it is especially useful for acute care, skilled nursing and home bound patients.

This advanced level two day course provides the therapist with evidence based information that supports the concepts of PNF to enhance functional mobility. The course is highly interactive and consists primarily of hands on training, which enables the participant the opportunity for adequate practice time with instructor feedback.

The course targets analysis of movement and the role of critical thinking in the implementation of specific treatment interventions.

The concepts of utilizing specificity of training and identifying how activation of muscles can be captured in stronger parts of the body to overflow into movement patterns in the weaker parts of the body is explored through course content. The benefit of an indirect method of treatment and its utilization in initiating synchronized control for functional mobility is addressed within lecture and lab sessions.

Patient scenarios and video analysis of functional mobility activities are used to identify impairments for neurological and orthopedic patient diagnoses. Analysis of dysfunctional movement patterns and the implication on mobility is addressed as well as prioritization of which impairment is having the greatest effect on function. Through the use of case studies and course discussion the clinician will be able to translate assessment findings into specific targeted treatment interventions and develop comprehensive progressive manual therapy and exercise based programs to obtain the desired functional outcomes.

Over the two days, clinicians will review therapeutic exercise, specific PNF patterns and facilitation techniques and integrate these into patient exercise program to progress the patient through bed mobility activities and transitional movement which will better prepare the patient for success in upright activities.

The concepts and techniques presented in this course will provide PT’s OT’s PTA’s COTA’s, AT’s with the information and skills needed to treat the functional mobility needs of their patients in all therapy settings. The theories and facilitation techniques learned in this course can be immediately applied and participants will have the tools necessary to integrate concepts presented in this course into clinical practice. Clinicians will be provided with course handouts and resources which can serve as reference material upon completion of the course.


Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Describe the basic principles and philosophy of PNF
  • Recognize common problems in mobility seen in patient populations, analyze dysfunctional movement patterns and discuss their implication on functional mobility as well as prioritize which impairment is having the greatest effect on function.
  • Utilize critical thinking and principles of specificity of exercise to implement specific of treatment interventions and to progress patient treatment using manual facilitation and exercise.
  • Identify and utilize indirect as well as direct treatment techniques in the provision of patient care.
  • Discuss the benefit of an indirect method of treatment and its utilization in initiating synchronized control for functional mobility.
  • Translate assessment findings into specific targeted treatment interventions and develop comprehensive progressive manual therapy and exercise based programs to obtain desired functional outcomes.
  • Identify and perform specific PNF patterns and techniques to address mobility issues to enhance patient performance.
  • Integrate PNF principles and facilitation techniques with therapeutic exercise to design HEP activities for patients with a variety of diagnoses.
  • Discuss evidence based practice with colleagues.
  • Instructor name

    Cathy Finch, PT, MOL

    PNF is incorporated into my daily professional life as a therapist and instructor. I have dedicated over 10 plus years of focus and research on PNF application to a variety of diagnoses throughout the age span.
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    State Continuing Education Course Approvals

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

    North American Seminars, Inc. is an AOTA provider for continuing education. Provider number 4487. Please download the specific course brochure for the AOTA classification and allotted AOTA hours. The AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products or clinical procedures.

    Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU.

    North American Seminars, Inc. (BOC provider P2047) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for the maximum stated hours of Category A hours/CEUs. Call for evidence-based status. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.

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