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AGM 2020

Please find Information regarding the AGM 2020 under the following link:



Dear Members, under the present situation- we are aware of the doubts of many members regarding the participation in our AGM. We are monitoring the medical and general situation all the time. By doing this we will be able to make an informed decision at the end of June as to whether we are able to go ahead with the AGM in October. We hope this will make the situation clear to everybody. Thank you for understanding and for your Patience.

Nevertheless application without payment  is possible at the moment.
Executive Committee and Organizer






  • IPNFA-Meeting 2019 in Vallejo USA


  • 20. May 2019

    Left to right Carsten Schäfer , Irmi Feldmann, Anna Riviere, Dominiek Beckers

    We are happy to announce 2 new IPNFA Basic instructors: Irmi Feldmann from Switzerland and Anna Rivière from Germany. Course date of ICC: from 22nd till 27th Feb and 25th till 30th April, 2019 in Opole, Poland.

    We are proud that we could support Anna and Irmi in this dynamic process till their IPNFA- instructor-status and we wish them success in their professional future.


    Best regards,


    Dominiek and Carsten.              

For past IPNFA Announcements: see News


    The objectives of the IPNFA are as follows:

    To promote further worldwide development of the clinical use of PNF
    To maintain continuity and standards in the instruction of PNF techniques
    To maintain continuity and standards in PNF course material for beginning and advanced students
    To educate and train new PNF instructors
    To promote research into PNF theory and practice
    To identify further developments in the PNF concept
    To ensure that developments in neurophysiology and other related fields (ICF, Neuroplasticity, etc) are incorporated into PNF clinical practice
    To develop peer review in order to maintain the necessary clinical and educational standards required to teach PNF

    We hope to see you at one of our courses!


proprioceptive facilitation - pnf


What we know today as PNF began as "proprioceptive facilitation", a term developed by Dr. Herman Kabat in the early 1940's. In 1954, Dorothy Voss added the word "neuromuscular" to give us the now familiar Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, (PNF).

Dr. Kabat's conceptual framework for PNF came from his experience as a neurophysiologist and physician. The works of Sister Elizabeth Kenney, an Australian nurse who treated polio patients with specific stretching and strengthening activities, was an early influence on Kabat. Kenney's work was seen as a departure from the normal treatment at the time, but lacked the grounding of sound neurophysiological rationale. Kabat integrated Sister Kenney's manual technique with Sherrington's discovery of successive induction, reciprocal innervation and inhibition, and the phenomenon of irradiation.  Dr. Herman Kabat

His goal was to develop a hands-on treatment approach that enabled clinicians to analyze and assess a patient's movement while at the same time facilitating more efficient strategies of functional movement. So it is important to recognize that PNF is not just a treatment approach, rather, it is a tool that allows for simultaneous assessment and treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction.

In the mid-1940's, Dr. Kabat's emerging concepts caught the attention of the wealthy industrialist Henry Kaiser, whose son suffered from multiple sclerosis. Together, in 1946, they established the Kaiser-Kabat Institute in Washington, DC. In 1948, another Kaiser-Kabat Institute was opened in Vallejo, California, and a third opened in Santa Monica, California in 1950.

It was in the mid to late 1940's that Dr. Kabat began his search for a Physical Therapist to work alongside him, treating patients using his new concepts. In December 1945 Maggie Knott became the first Physical Therapist to be employed by Dr. Kabat. Maggie came westward from Washington, DC to Vallejo with Dr. Kabat in 1948. 

After coming to Vallejo in 1948, Maggie Knott began to teach other Physical Therapists the patterns and techniques of PNF. That same year she started a post-graduate training program that was attended by therapists from all over the world. This very same post-graduate t raining program still exists today, 52 years later, with a dedicated clinical staff training graduate physical therapists in our 3 and 6-month residency programs. The Programs combine didactic and clinical training that honor the heritage of Dr. Kabat and Maggie Knott.  Maggie Knott

In 1952, Dorothy Voss joined Dr. Kabat and Maggie Knott. Dorothy and Maggie authored the first PNF book in the early 1960's. Together, the three of them continued to develop and refine the foundational concepts of what we know today as PNF.

From its beginnings, PNF has successfully integrated many of the concepts of contemporary neurorehab interventions. The Philosophy and Basic Principles of PNF, together with the specific spiral and diagonal patterns, make up the cornerstone of PNF. PNF also includes mot or learning and functional retention of newly learned activities with the repetition of a specific demand; the use of the developmental progression of motor behavior that enables patients to create and re-create strategies of efficient functional movement; and the biomechanical and behavioral analysis of motor control. All activities within PNF intervention are directed towards a functional goal and are relative to the environment in which the goal is to be achieved.


To learn more about the creation of the PNF Concept, you may enjoy reading this article from Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Vol. 5, 453-461, June 2013. 

Please click here 

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