We offer specialty training in the art and skill of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), as developed by Herman Kabat, MD, and Margaret Knott, PT. This training program, under the direction of Timothy G. Josten, PT, IPNFAI, is open to licensed Physical Therapists in three categories:
3-MONTH TRAINING COURSE
Residents learn the philosophy, principles and techniques of PNF and other rehabilitation procedures for individualized therapeutic exercise, functional activities, group classes and ambulation through:
- Four to six and a half hours of didactic/lab instruction with individual feedback and one and a half to four hours of supervised patient treatment, five days per week, plus one to three working Saturdays.
- Daily supervised practice with fellow residents and application with patients are an integral part of the course.
- Additional lectures on topics relevant to the rehabilitation process.
6-MONTH TRAINING COURSE
The 6-month course involves an additional 3 months of training following successful completion of the 3-month course. Residents receive hands-on practical experience delivering patient care as an integral member of a rehabilitation team, including:
- Four to five hours of supervised patient care, 5 days per week, plus occasional working Saturdays
- One hour per day of didactic/lab instruction in advanced PNF applications for neurological and orthopedic evaluation, movement analysis, treatment planning, treatment, and problem-solving.
- Staff PTs and instructors provide individualized mentoring of residents on their rehab team
9-MONTH TRAINING COURSE
The 9-month course is an additional 3 months of training following the successful completion of the 6-month course.
- Residents perform four to five hours of supervised patient care, five days per week, plus occasional working Saturdays.
- They are integral members of a rehabilitation team, and receive individualized mentoring by staff PT’s and instructors.
- One hour per day of individualized didactic/lab instruction in advanced PNF applications for neurological and orthopedic evaluation, movement analysis, treatment planning, treatment, and problem-solving.
- Additionally, residents have a supervised teaching assignment, and perform a patient demonstration.
- Residents also research a selected topic related to PNF and give a presentation of their project.