Everything You Need To Know About P.N.F. Stretching Techniques

One of the main reasons why people seek out chiropractic help is to find some relief from muscles that feel tight, stiff, or somehow immobilized in another way. This is a pretty common health issue that many people will face at some point in their life, due to a variety of possible factors, from traumatic falls to sports related injuries to whiplash caused by a car accident.

Regardless of the reason why a patient is having a hard time regaining mobility in a certain area of the body, a trained doctor of chiropractic can assess a patient’s unique individual situation and figure out the best treatment plan and course of action to follow in order to help the patient regain mobility and comfort again.

One of the most commonly used techniques that doctors of chiropractic tend to swear by is known in the medical community as P.N.F. stretching. I did some research so you don’t have to, and thanks to a very informative article I found by Pain Relief Center, I can share with you more information about this technique so you can know if it may suit your health and wellness needs.

The full name of this technique is (get ready for it) Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Stretching, and it is used to target specific muscles in the body that need to be loosened up and mobilized a bit.

Doctors of chiropractic, physical therapists, and even your local gym’s personal trainers use this technique in order to promote flexibility and mobility in an area affected by some sort of inflammation or pain. Coordination is encouraged to spread throughout the entire muscular system of the particular area of the body that is functioning in a limited capacity due to the pain related condition. While P.N.F. stretching is being performed, it employs the use of passive stretching techniques with isometrics contractions for optimum mobility potential in the stiff area.

First, the patient constricts and contracts the muscle against some form of slight resistance, before it is immediately passively stretched out by a licensed professional. This works to slowly restore mobility and movement in the affected area over time, in a manner that isn’t too rushed, so the body can become accustomed to movement in that region once more. If you are suffering from any sort of pain related condition, ask your doctor or chiropractor about P.N.F stretching.

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