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PNF and Beyond to Enhance Functional Gait

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

This dynamic advanced two day course will give clinicians an opportunity to expand their “bag of tricks” for treating gait impairments by taking what they know about PNF and advancing it to the next level. The course blends the theory and application of PNF based treatments with principles of therapeutic exercise, the use of exercise equipment and manual therapy to create comprehensive gait rehab programs. The concepts and information presented in this course will provide the clinician with a systematic method to move from assessment to treatment and will enhance their hands on skills for patients with both orthopedic and neurological impairments. Patient scenarios and video analysis of gait will be used to identify impairments for both neurological and orthopedic patient diagnoses. Analysis of dysfunctional movement patterns and the implications on gait will be addressed, as well as, prioritizing which impairment is having the greatest effect on function. Clinicians will be able to develop a working therapy diagnosis and translate their assessment findings into specific gait corrections and corroborate these with appropriate exercise interventions.

Through the use of case studies and course discussion, the clinician will be able to develop a comprehensive progressive manual therapy and exercise based program to obtain the desired functional outcome. Participants will use an assessment/treatment framework which includes motion analysis, identification of strengths and impairments, causes for impairments, treatment planning. The framework also incorporates exercise progression, utilization of commonly used exercise equipment and development of home exercise programs. Over the two days clinicians will review specific PNF patterns and facilitation techniques and integrate these into patient exercise programs to progress the patient through pre-gait activities and the gait sequence.

Participants will work with case scenarios and go from assessment to developing comprehensive treatment programs for a patient with a neurological and orthopedic diagnosis.

This course is 80 percent lab which enables the participant the opportunity for adequate hands on practice time.

The concepts and techniques presented in this course will provide Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapist Assistants with the information and skills needed to treat the ambulatory 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.
  • Analyze gait abnormalities utilizing an assessment/treatment framework, prioritize impairment and develop comprehensive treatment programs for patients with neurological and orthopedic problems.
  • Recognize problems in mobility seen in patient populations, select appropriate activity/techniques to address problems and progress patient treatment using manual facilitation and exercise equipment.
  • Perform activities/techniques to facilitate pre-gait, and gait activities for all levels of patients including soft tissue manual therapy, joint mobility, muscle strength and range of motion activities.
  • Identify the PNF trunk and lower extremity patterns and demonstrate how to utilize and combine the patterns to address gait dysfunction.
  • Identify and perform specific PNF techniques to address the initiation of movement, stability, mobility, and coordination during gait.
  • Integrate PNF principles and facilitation techniques with therapeutic exercise, the use of exercise equipment and design HEP activities for patients.
  • Discuss with colleagues evidence based practice ideas.
  • 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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    PT OT Continuing Education Courses, Dates & Locations

    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.

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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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