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Neuromuscular Technique for Trapezius - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner

 

One research study from the University of Queensland, proposed that PNF stretching may be the most effective stretching technique for increasing range of motion.

We all know how important it is to regularly stretching, nut we know from research studies that all stretching techniques provide the same benefit.

Neuromuscular stretching techniques (now increasingly known as Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation -PNF) use reflexes to produce deeper forms of stretch to increase flexibility.

PNF stretching is thought to have emerged in the 1940s as a way to treat neuromuscular conditions such as polio and MS.

These techniques have since become increasingly popular with manual therapists, exercise professionals, and trigger point therapists in particular.

There are many variations of these techniques, but they are all based on similar principles of stretching the muscle to its limit.

Working in this way is believed to activate the inverse myotatic reflex, a protective reflex that calms the muscle to help prevent injury.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell. 

 

  

   

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