PNF: Improving Trunk Function Through Distal & Proximal Input

PNF: Improving Trunk Function Through Distal & Proximal Input

Register Now Button‌Date:  November 14 - 16,  2014
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Friday & Saturday); 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Sunday)
Instructor:  Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc
Location:  Sacred Heart University, Neuro-Cardio Lab (1-C-30), Cambridge Campus, 7 Cambridge Drive, Trumbull, CT
Cost:  $625
CEHs:  20.5
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Course Description

The purpose of this seminar is to apply the philosophy and treatment concepts of the Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) approach to the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal patient in both pediatric and adult populations. The emphasis of the course will be on refining the participant's handling and problem solving skills through lectures, extensive laboratory sessions, application of PNF to clinical problems, and an on-site patient demonstration.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the philosophy and historical development of PNF.
  2. Demonstrate refinement in their PNF therapeutic handling skills.
  3. Expand their treatment planning ideas for patients with neuromuscular and/or musculoskeletal impairments through the use of on-going problem solving in class.
  4. Design a PNF-based intervention strategy in small groups for improved trunk function for a specific patient using the concepts presented throughout the course, and present the case back to the class.

Course Schedule


8:00 AM                Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM                Lecture:  Introduction PNF philosophy and historical development
9:30 AM                Lecture/Demonstration:  Activities, Techniques, & Elements (ATE)
10:15 AM              Break
10:30 AM              Continued:  Activities, Techniques, & Elements (ATE’s)
11:15 AM              Lab 1: UE patterns and selected ATE’s
12:15 PM              Lunch
1:15 PM                Lab 1: Continued
2:45 PM                Break
3:00 - 5:30 PM      Lab 2: LE patterns and selected ATE’s


8:00 AM                 Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM                 Lab 3:  UE and LE Patterns:  More techniques and elements
10:00 AM               Break
10:15 AM               Lab 4:  Trunk facilitation through bilateral limb patterns
12:15 PM               Lunch
1:15 PM                 Lab 5:  Developmental Activities: supine
2:30 PM                 Break
2:45 PM                 Lab 6:  Developmental Activities: prone
4:30 - 5:30 PM       Patient Demonstration    


8:00 AM                  Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM                  Review, refine and combine handling skills                   
10:15 AM                Break
10:30 AM                Lab 7:  Developmental Activities: upright
12:15 PM                Lunch
1:00 PM                  Problem solving small group session: Designing PNF strategies for real patient cases
2:00 - 3:00 PM        Presentation of cases


Instructor Biography

Dr. Massery received her BS in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 1977, her DPT from the University of the Pacific in 2004 and her DSc from Rocky Mountain University in 2011.  Mary’s extensive training in PNF forms the basis of her therapeutic approach to patients with neuromuscular and pulmonary impairments. 

She has shared that perspective through PNF and other continuing education courses for over 30 years.  Dr. Massery has been invited to give over 750 professional presentations in 48 US states, 9 Canadian provinces, and 13 countries worldwide on PNF and other Physical Therapy topics. 


Questions?  Contact Michelle Wormley at or 203-416-3537