Effects of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Technique on the Functional Ambulation of Stroke Survivors
This study investigated the effect of an 8-week proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) treatment programme on the functional ambulation of post-stroke individuals measured with the Emory Functional Ambulation Profile (EFAP) - a timed-test instrument comprising 5 subtasks. Seventeen male and female post-stroke individuals (mean age 56.73+8.79 years) were recruited into the study and treated with a PNF protocol twice weekly for 8 weeks. Performance on individual subtasks of the EFAP were measured and recorded for each participant before and at the end of the study. Only the data for 15 participants was available at the post-test for analysis. EFAP subtasks completion times were significantly reduced for all subtasks at the post-test and total EFAP score (p<0.05). PNF technique led to improvement in the functional ambulation of poststroke individuals. PNF is recommended as an effective treatment for functional ambulatory gains in stroke rehabilitation.