PNF I: The Functional Approach to Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

Des Moines , IA US
November 2, 2012 to November 4, 2012


To effectively treat as a Functional Manual Therapist, one must address the interrelationship between the neuromuscular, soft tissue, and articular systems. PNF I offers a dynamic and functional evaluation and treatment approach to this interrelationship based on specific analysis of motor recruitment patterns and Characteristics of Neuromuscular Control. This course progresses from specific shoulder girdle, pelvic girdle, and trunk patterns to weight bearing postures and movements. Content emphasizes the establishment of efficient motor recruitment patterns for rehabilitation of neurological and orthopedic patients and post manipulative techniques. The material in this course is directly related to current neurophysiology of muscle function and motor control.


  • Identify the philosophy and principles of PNF.
  • Develop the participant’s palpation and manual skills necessary to effectively assess the efficiency of motor recruitment patterns.
  • Train the participant to utilize manual facilitation to enhance the patient’s Proprioceptive awareness, neuromuscular response for initiation, strength, and endurance, and to facility motor learning.
  • In lab sessions, practice and perform scapula, pelvic, trunk, and learning sequence patterns for specific evaluation and treatment of motor control dysfunctions.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of PNF as an inherent component of Functional Mobilization and motor control rehabilitation.
  • Correlate the current literature, anatomy, and physiology to course material.


Prior to Start of the Course
Complete the required interactive online module. 

Friday 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Friday 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM 
Movement Assessment and Reeducation of the trunk scapula & pelvis patterns, and treatment techniques to address specific dysfunction, mass & reciprocal trunk patterns). 

Saturday 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM 
Continue to explore Characteristics of Neuromuscular Control in various postures and positions such as sidelying, on elbows, hook-lying, and quadruped. 

Sunday 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM 
Sitting and Gait Assessment and Reeducation.


Linda Krysiak Costello, PT, FOC, CFMT

Linda graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 1982. She began her professional career working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan advancing to team leader of the Closed Head Injury unit. She moved on to outpatient care working both as Senior Therapist and Sports Medicine Coordinator, and is currently working at the Detroit Medical Center, Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Clinics.

Linda began her relationship with the IPA in 1983, as a course participant in PNF One and Two, and became an instructor in 1988, progressing to Primary Instructor in PNF One, and assisting in CFS. She completed, with distinction, her Functional Orthopedic Certification in 2006, and completed, with honors, her Certified Functional Manual Therapy in 2015. Other continuing education pursuits include mobilization theories of Stanley Paris, the Norwegian approach, Muscle Energy, and others. She has assisted in a dance injury program through the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University, presented at TBI conferences, and has been a guest lecturer at Oakland University, Wayne State University, and UofM Flint Physical Therapy program.

Ann Kaminski MPT, CFMT, OCS

Ann graduated from University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2001 with a Masters of PT. She then got her CFMT in 2009. She has been teaching PNF since 2009 with the IPA. She also is a Orthopedic Certified Specialist through the APTA. She works in the Twin Cities in an outpatient private practice.


PT, PTA, OT. OTAs may attend with supervising PT or OT. 

Lab Clothing

Wear comfortable clothing for lectures and sitting labs.  Participants' bodies must be accessible for observation and treatment. Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry. Because there is a great deal of kneeling during this course, you may want to bring knee pads. Also, please bring proper shoes for Sunday's Gait lab. 

  • Women: Sports top or loose fitting shirt so scapula is accessible, and shorts with loose waist. 
  • Men: Shorts or swim trunks with loose waist. 
  • ALL:  Warm-up suites or other clothing worn over the above described attire is advised to ensure comfort between demonstrations as temperatures in the room may vary.

Course Preparation

This 3 day workshop is quite demanding and intense.  Please come prepared and rested.  Review the basic anatomy of the scapula and pelvis muscles and joints.  This knowledge will serve as an important foundation for the principles and procedures taught. Be sure to complete the required course preparation listed above.

Recommended Reading

  • Rational Manual Therapies, Basmajian and Nyber, Chapter 11 “Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation” by Vicky L. Saliba, Gregory S. Johnson and Cheryl Wardlaw.
  • PNF in Practice, Adler, Susan, Beckers, Dominiek, and Buck, Math. 3rd Ed., NY: Springer Verlag, 2008.
  • Any current literature on motor training.


The Institute of Physical Art, Inc.
43449 Elk Run
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
970 870-9521

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 28.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/02/2012 - 8:30am CDT
Event ends: 
11/04/2012 - 3:00pm CST
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines , IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 28.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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