PNF: Improving Trunk Function through Proximal and Distal Input

Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc
November 5 – 7, 2017 – Sunday – Tuesday – NYC

The purpose of this seminar is to apply the philosophy and treatment concepts of the Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) approach to the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal patient in both pediatric and adult populations.  The emphasis of the course will be on refining the participant’s handling and problem solving skills through lectures, extensive laboratory sessions, application of PNF to clinical problems, and an on-site patient demonstration. Registration is limited. 

Cost: $720.00



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Dr. Massery received her BS in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 1977, her DPT from the University of the Pacific in 2004 and her DSc from Rocky Mountain University in 2011. Her publications and interests focus on linking motor behaviors to breathing and/or postural mechanics in both pediatric and adult patient populations.  Dr. Massery has been invited to give over 800 professional presentations in 49 US states, 9 Canadian provinces, and 15 countries worldwide.  Mary has delivered keynote/major addresses on topics such as cystic fibrosis and posture, neuropulmonary deficits, pectus excavatum (chest deformities), and the connections between posture & breathing for the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England; the Australian & New Zealand Spinal Cord Injury Conference in Brisbane, Australia; the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Meeting in Galway, Ireland; the International Seating Symposium in Vancouver, Canada; and the Conference on Posture and Mobility in Coventry, England; as well as numerous presentations at the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Combined Sections Meetings across the USA.  Mary has received national awards from the APTA, including its highest clinical award, The Florence Kendall Practice Award, and the honorary Linda Crane Memorial Lecture.  She continues to maintain a private practice in Chicago as well, specializing in ventilation and postural dysfunction.

Dr. Massery receives a speaking fee for her presentation.  She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the philosophy and historical development of PNF.
  • Demonstrate refinement in their PNF therapeutic handling skills.
  • Expand their treatment planning ideas for patients with neuromuscular and/or musculoskeletal impairments through the use of on-going problem solving in class.
  • Design a PNF-based intervention strategy in small groups for improved trunk function for a specific patient using the concepts presented throughout the course, and present the case back to the class.

Cost: $720.00


Touro College
27 West 23rd Street 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010


Sunday – November 5, 2017 (7.5 Contact Hours)

8:30 – 9:30 Lecture:  Introduction of PNF philosophy and historical development
9:30 – 10:15 Lecture/Demonstration:  Activities, Techniques, & Elements (ATE)
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:15 Continued:  Activities, Techniques, & Elements (ATE’s)
11:15 – 12:15 Lab 1:  UE patterns and selected ATE’s
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:45 Lab 1:  Continued
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 5:30 Lab 2:  LE patterns and selected ATE’s

Monday – November 6, 2017 (7.5 Contact Hours)

8:30 – 10:00 Lab 3:  UE and LE Patterns:  More techniques and elements
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:15 Lab 4:  Trunk facilitation through bilateral limb patterns
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 Lab 5:  Developmental Activities: supine
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 4:30 Lab 6:  Developmental Activities: prone
4:30 – 5:30 Patient Demonstration

Tuesday – November 7, 2017 (5.5 Contact Hours)

8:30 – 10:15 Review, refine and combine handling skills
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:15 Lab 7:  Developmental Activities: upright
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Problem solving small group session: Designing PNF strategies for real patient cases
2:00 – 3:00 Presentation of cases

Target Audience:

Physical and Occupational Therapists

Course Level:

This course is applicable therapists of all levels.

Educational Credits:

20.5 contact hours. Certificates will be awarded.

Recognized by the NY State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education.   Approved for 20.5 contact hours.

Application has been made to the NJ Board of PT Examiners for credit approval.

color web&ppt TSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. Approved by AOTA for 2.05 CEUs.

Cost: $720.00