Body Mechanics: Spiral-Diagonal Patterns of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

Vitruvian-ManHello and welcome back to Body Mechanics. Today we will be covering a topic completely different from anything we have covered in the past. In the previous weeks we covered postural assessments quite extensively, and I sincerely hope you grew a better awareness behind the importance of muscular balance. Functional training helps to re-create balance within the body. However, if it is to be effective we must thoroughly understand how the body functions and take methods to correct any deviation.

In my last article a question arose regarding a particular muscle, the piriformis. I’m glad the question arose because it allowed a natural progression in to the next topic. There are various static stretches that may lengthen the piriformis. However, in terms of strengthening the piriformis, the best method I see of accomplishing this is through the spiral-diagonal patterns of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). Before we get into this article I want to inform you that this application is more intimately associated with the professions associated with sports therapy and or rehabilitative physiotherapy.