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PNF stands for Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. It is a type of physical therapy that helps increase flexibility and range of motion. It is done by stretching muscles and tendons with the help of a partner or therapist. The partner or therapist helps guide the patient’s muscles through stretches and helps them move into a position that they can’t do on their own. For example, if someone has a tight hamstring, their partner or therapist might help them stretch their leg out straight and hold it there for a few seconds. This therapy helps to improve muscle strength, coordination, and posture. It also helps reduce pain and tension in the body. Studies have shown that PNF can be beneficial to people with various types of injuries, including sports-related injuries. An analogy to help explain PNF is to think of it like a masseuse. They use their hands to help relax your muscles and make them more flexible. Similarly, PNF uses stretches and exercises to help relax muscles and improve range of motion. Fun Fact: PNF was developed in the 1940s by two physical therapists, Herman Kabat and Margaret Knott!