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. Apply the philosophy, basic principles and techniques of PNF to enhance posture and movement quality.
  2. Demonstrate ability to perform PNF activities to enhance trunk recruitment and motor performance.
  3. Incorporate examination of movement impairments with selection of appropriate intervention strategies.


1:15pm – 1:30pmReview PNF Philosophy and  Basic Principles/ Introduction to Lower Quarter PNF/ Identify PNF Pelvis Patterns in Gait Cycle
1:30pm – 2:00pmPelvis: Anterior Elevation and Posterior Depression
2:00pm – 2:15pmPelvis:  Demo Anterior Depression and Posterior Elevation
2:15pm – 2:45pmLOWER EXTREMITY: Flexion Adduction external rotation with knee flexion (Swing Phase)
2:45pm – 3:15pmLOWER EXTREMITY: Extension Abduction internal rotation with knee extension (Stance Phase)
3:15pm – 3:30pmBREAK
4:00pm – 4:20pmHooklying and Bridging
4:20pm – 5:00pmPNF Gait Act’s / Patient Video/ Case Study

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 3.5 CE credits
  • Occupational Therapists reciprocate with provider PDP#42 and will receive 3.5 CE credits

Speaker: Chris 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