techniques used to improve motor skills through positive motor transfer, using the principles of facilitation/inhibition; irradiation/reinforcement; reciprocal innervation.
(PNF) stretch Muscle stretches that use the proprioceptors (muscle spindles) to send inhibiting (relaxing) messages to the muscle that is to be stretched. Example: The contraction of an agonist muscle sends inhibiting signals that relax the antagonist muscle so that it is easier to stretch. (Term was once applied to a very specific therapeutic technique, but now is being widely applied to stretch techniques such as slowreversal-hold, contract-relax and hold-relax.)
These techniques improve motor skill through positive motor transfer, using the principles of facilitation/inhibition; irradiation/reinforcement; reciprocal innervation (i.e. maximal contraction of agonist muscle results in maximal relaxation of the antagonist); and successive induction (i.e. flexion augments extension and extension augments flexion).
A technique for increasing flexibility; the muscle is stretched, isometrically contracted, then stretched farther.
Stretching exercises used to increase an individuals flexibility.
A method of promoting a response of neuromuscular mechanisms through the stimulation of proprioceptors in an attempt to facilitate increased range of motion, increased strength and movement pattern control.
An appproach to therapeutic exercise based on the principles of functional human anatomy and neurophysiology.