Course Description:

This course for PT’s and OT’s will emphasize how PNF trunk patterns can maximize a patient’s functional outcome.  We will also look at PNF extremity patterns and how they are connected to the trunk for functional reach and gait activities.  This course will benefit both recent graduates and experienced Therapists interested in movement re-education using PNF philosophy and principles.  Both neurological and orthopedic examples will be covered utilizing PNF procedures.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the philosophy and basic principles of PNF as it applies to orthopedic and neurological populations.
  2. Discuss Evidence – Based - Practice (EBP) and concepts of neuroplasticity as it relates to the PNF approach.


8:00am – 9:30am Introduction PNF Philosophy & Basic Principles
9:30am – 10:00am INTRODUCTION TO SCAPULAR PATTERNS SCAPULA: Anterior Elevation (Technique: Rhythmic Initiation)
10:00am – 10:15am BREAK
10:15am – 10:35am SCAPULA: Posterior Depression (Technique: Replication)
10:35am – 11:00am INTRODUCTION TO PELVIS  PATTERNS PELVIS: Anterior Elevation
11:00am – 11:20am PELVIS: Posterior Depression (Technique: Dynamic Reversals)
11:20am – 11:35am Patient Video
11:35am – 12:00pm Upper Extremity Flexion Abduction External Rotation (Technique: Combination of Isotonics
12:00pm - 12:30pm Scapula /Pelvis Reciprocals and Mass Flexion/ Extension (Technique: Timing for Emphasis)

Continuing Education:

  • Loma Linda University Medical Center, Staff Development is recognized as a Continuing Competency Approving Agency by the Physical Therapy Board of California. This program is approved for 4.0 CE credits
  • Occupational Therapists reciprocate with provider PDP#42 and will receive 4.0 Ce credits


Chria Pappas,  PT, IPNFAI

Chris Pappas has taught in the post graduate Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) program for the past 30 years at Kaiser Vallejo Rehabilitation Center (the home of PNF).  He is a recognized International PNF Instructor who has given courses both nationally and abroad. He continues to treat patients full time with orthopedic and neurological conditions utilizing the Philosophy and Principals of PNF to maximize a patient’s full potential.  Chris enjoys teaching Tai Chi to therapists to facilitate proper body mechanics when utilizing PNF.  He believes “Our patients will move only as good as we move with them”.


General Participant 125.00
LLUH Employees/Faculty 100.00
OT or PT Clinical Instructor 100.00
Student 100.00