Posts by Jennifer Platt

Josh Olinick emailed this document titled “Desired PRI Clinical Application for Integrated Gait Progression Activities: Facilitating Right Brachial Inhale and Left Brachial Exhale During Left Stance”. Ron and I had a chance to go through this with Josh, and we love what he has put together. Ron is looking forward to discussing this document further at the Advanced Integration course in December!

Foreword from Josh:

I should start with the disclaimer that this was not my idea.  I was talking with James Anderson a few years back and he suggested that I try taking the article he wrote on left AIC inhibition/ delay and modify for the brachial chains.  I took a quick stab at it then, but wasn’t really happy with what I had come up with.  At that time, I was over loaded by opening a new clinic and couldn’t commit the time needed, but the idea kept running around in my head.  I had some time this year to write it out.  I think what makes the Myokin content more easily understandable is that a human is either in right stance or left stance, and they are either in a Left AIC pattern or a Right AIC pattern (without compensations like a PEC).  But the brachial chains seemed more complicated to me because they were more directly related to phase of respiration.  Bramble and Carrier showed that humans differ from other animals in that they can take up to 6 steps per breath while running.  This suggests that respiratory influence on the AIC and stance phase is more easily overridden than in the brachial chain.  So rather than focusing on individual chain inhibitory musculature like James did in his article, I decided to take a step back and consider what a patient in a right brachial chain pattern needs during Left stance in a Right AIC pattern.  Well, the easy answer that is taught in the Postural Respiration course is “Right Trunk Rotation”.  The thing I kept running into though is that position of the trunk is dynamic during stance phase and that respiratory phase is independent of that.  The more complete answer I came to is that in early left stance the right trunk needs to be more open (sooner) to reduce “listing” onto the left LE, thus the right chest wall needs to have a more inhaled state.  Whereas in late left stance, the left trunk needs to remain closed (longer) to allow a right heel contact without premature compression of the Right rib cage (i.e. keeping the left rib cage exhaled longer).  This idea is similar to James’ work on inhibition and delay in that the patient needs to get their left ZOA sooner (while the right upper trunk is rotated to the left) and keep it longer (while the right upper trunk is rotating towards the right – regardless of phase of breathing).  Hopefully this can help others in activity choice during different phases of their patients plan of care!

Read the article HERE.

Posted June 16, 2017 at 6:13PM

This past week, at our Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium, we presented the PRI Director’s Dedication Award to two very deserving women who have had a tremendous impact on our Institute; Lori Thomsen and Jennifer Poulin. The PRI Director’s Dedication Award was established by the Board of Directors (Ron Hruska, Janie Ebmeier, Jennifer Platt and Bobbie Rappl) in 2012 to recognize individuals’ ongoing dedication to their advancement in PRI.

Past PRI Director’s Dedication Award recipients include: Susan Henning and Joe Belding (December 2012); Kyndall Boyle and James Anderson (April 2014); Michael Cantrell (December 2014); Jason Masek (April 2015); and Michal Niedzielski (December 2015). An award recognition plaque is currently being designed and constructed, and will be displayed at the Postural Restoration Institute®, recognizing each of the PRI Directors Dedication Award recipients.

Lori Thomsen graduated in 1995 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with her Masters in Physical Therapy. She was first introduced to PRI while working at RiverView Health in Crookston, MN in 2003. Lori was a member of the 2005 Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) class. Lori spent countless hours with Ron Hruska helping to organize and structure the Pelvis Restoration course, and joined the PRI faculty to begin teaching this course in 2010. Lori is a teacher at heart, both with her patients as well as colleagues in her PRI courses. You will see this demonstrated in the many videos, articles and blogs she has created over the years.

Jen Poulin graduated in 1991 from the University of Vermont with her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy. She attended her first PRI course (Protonics) in Burlington, VT in 2001. Jen and her husband Chris opened Poulin Performance and Rehabilitation in Burlington, VT in 2002. Jen was also a member of the 2005 Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) class. In 2012, Jen and her family moved to Southern Pines, NC and opened Sandhills Sports Performance, where their staff continues to grow, as they mentor them with PRI. After expressing her interest in teaching PRI to Ron, Jen joined the PRI faculty in 2009, teaching Myokinematic Restoration, and Pelvis Restoration beginning in 2013.

Thank you Lori and Jen for your ongoing dedication to the Postural Restoration Institute®, and congratulations on receiving the PRI Director’s Dedication Award!

Posted April 28, 2017 at 3:18PM
Categories: Clinicians

We are less than 2 months away from the Postural Restoration Trained™(PRT) application deadline for the first ever summer testing date. As we announced this past summer, we are now offering a summer testing date once every 3 years, to help accomodate several Athletic Trainers and Strength and Conditioning Coaches who have expressed an interest in completing the PRT credentialing program, but due to the schedule of the teams that they work with, they are unable to get away to attend the annual testing date in January.

PRT applications for the summer testing date are due on March 15th, and testing will take place on June 23-24th at the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska. Please note that there will not be an Impingement & Instability course offered in conjunction with this testing date, therefore all applicants will need to take this required course elsewhere prior to testing.  

Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) is a credential available to Athletic Trainers (with Certification through the BOC), Athletic Therapists (with Certification through the CATA) and Strength and Conditioning Coaches (with CSCS Certification through the NSCA or SCCC Certification through the CSCCa). For more information on the course requirements and to download the application, CLICK HERE!

If you are planning to apply for PRT, and have any questions, please email me!

Posted January 29, 2017 at 4:00PM

We are excited to announce that PRI will be featured throughout 2017 on public television networks' "Voices in America with James Earl Jones" educational segment. The video segment has been distrubuted to public television networks in all 50 states. While airing schedules are not available to us, you might hear from patients or clients who happen to see this educational segment on Postural Restoration®.

In addition to the educational segment that they will be airing on public television, two other segments: "PRI in 6 Minutes" and "PRI in 60 Seconds" were produced and made available to us, and will be on our home page soon (see below). You are welcome to embed these videos onto your personal or professional website to help educate patients, clients, and the general public on the history behind the science of Postural Restoration®.

The "PRI in 60 Seconds" commercial will also be airing nationally on CNBC on Friday, January 6th at 8:30pm Eastern, 7:30pm Central, 6:30pm Mountain and 5:30pm Pacific time. So, set your DVRs or tune in to CNBC tomorrow night! Please note the commercial airing could land anywhere within an hour of the above scheduled times. In the past, we have been told that they have typically aired within 15 minutes of the schedule. Following this national airing, it will continue to air on CNBC in several different regions across the country.

Posted January 5, 2017 at 3:08PM
Categories: Videos Science

Another month has come and passed, which means the application deadline for our Postural Restoration Trained™(PRT) credentialing program is approaching quickly. We have some exciting news for our PRT credentialing program this year! Over the past few years, we have had several Athletic Trainers and Strength and Conditioning Coaches express an interest in completing the PRT credentialing program, but due to the schedule of the teams that they work with, they are unable to get away to attend testing in January. Therefore, we will begin offering a summer testing date which will take place once every 3 years, beginning in 2017. This next year, we will offer our traditional winter testing date on January 9-10th, and our summer testing date will take place on June 23-24th, 2017.

PRT applications for the winter testing date are due on October 15th, 2016. Testing will take place on January 9-10th (following the Impingement & Instability course) at the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska.

PRT applications for the summer testing date will be due on March 15, 2017. Testing will take place on June 23-24th at the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska. Please note that there will not be an Impingement & Instability course offered in conjunction with this testing date, therefore all applicants will need to take this required course elsewhere prior to testing.  

Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) is a credential available to Athletic Trainers (with Certification through the BOC), Athletic Therapists (with Certification through the CATA) and Strength and Conditioning Coaches (with CSCS Certification through the NSCA or SCCC Certification through the CSCCa). For more information on the course requirements and to download the application, CLICK HERE!

If you are planning to apply for PRT, and have any questions, please email me!

Posted August 16, 2016 at 4:15PM

Can I use PRI materials when presenting an inservice, on my blog, or in an article, etc? This is a question that we are asked nearly every week.

All techniques, materials, and content created by the Postural Restoration Institute® (PRI) its employees and staff, and displayed or presented in any manner or format including but not limited to manuals, brochures, electronic presentations, CDs and DVDs, photographs, and web sites, are the proprietary intellectual property of Postural Restoration Institute, LLC and its founder Ron Hruska.  This content is protected by the copyright laws of the United States and by the 172 countries who are a signatory to the Berne Convention which established and provides copyright protection globally. 

This content may not be duplicated, published, displayed, or otherwise communicated or distributed in any country and in any language, without prior written permission from the Postural Restoration Institute, LLC.  

Permission to use this content can be obtained by contacting the Postural Restoration Institute, LLC. Permission requests are reviewed in a timely manner and in most cases, there is no fee for obtaining permission to use PRI content. Permission inquiries can be submitted using our new online PRI Copyright Permission Request Form.

The non-manual techniques provided in your appendix are intended for use with patients or clients and may be photocopied and distributed without written permission. Be sure to use the techniques without modification while including the copyright information found on the bottom of the page. Modification of any technique is prohibited. Digital copies of all PRI non-manual techniques are available on CD and can be purchased via our website.

For more information about correct use of PRI Copyrighted Materials and FAQ's, please read our "PRI Guide to Use of Copyrighted Materials".

Posted August 1, 2016 at 2:11PM
Categories: Science

Summer is nearly half over, which means Fall is quickly approaching, and PRC applications will be due soon! Reminder that the Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) credentialing program deadline is September 15th, and since it will likely be another large group, we will limit the credentialing program to the first 30 applicants. Two copies of each application (including full text of the articles used in the article review portion) must be mailed to PRI, and received by September 15th to be considered for testing this December. Please be sure that all items on the PRC application checklist are submitted. Please note that the PRC application has been updated this year. To print an application, CLICK HERE!

PRC testing is scheduled for December 12-13th (following the four day Advanced Integration course) in Lincoln, NE.

*International clinicians who are interested in applying should contact me ASAP, as additional educational information must be submitted by August 1st for review and approval by the PRI Board of Directors to determine eligibility for the PRC credentialing program.

Are you planning to apply this year? If so, please let me know! Also, if you are preparing your application, and have any questions, please call or email me!

Posted July 20, 2016 at 3:14PM

We looked forward to the PRI Faculty Retreat primarily because we would be 'together'. Sy and Kenny, we sure missed you! Together to learn from each other; and together to teach based on how our non-millennial and millennial course attendees learn. It was an awesome 2 day experience to feel the energy in the room, sense the respect for each other and our personal differences and similarities, and experience the passion and pride that this Institute fosters. 

Each of us has a better understanding of how we become excited, why we like to teach and learn PRI concepts and applications, and what we get out of it and from it. We had so much fun hearing Mike Cantrell talk about power point presentation considerations, case study presentations, and electronic media and writing, watching the skits put on by the PRI staff, watching everyone bowl (or try to bowl), and relaxing at the lake (yes Nebraska has a few lakes)!

Presentations on inter-instructor reliability of PRI testing, course scheduling considerations, who's attending courses and what their credentials mean, copyright updates, consulting and liability issues were hopefully helpful for present and all future PRI faculty members.

We came together to learn from each other and we left together with unified PRI expectations and goals for tomorrows teaching opportunities and challenges!

Ron and Jen

The "Millennials" pictured below won the bowling tournament!

Posted June 9, 2016 at 7:07PM

We will be closed on Friday, April 1st (no this is not an April Fool's joke) to move into our new PRI Headquarters. We will not have access to phone or email, but hope to be up and running again by Monday, April 4th. Have a great weekend!

Posted March 31, 2016 at 9:34PM

In a phone conversation with Valerie Dejean discussing her Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium presentation, she asked us if we do any sort of entertainment as part of the symposium. Ron and I of course listened intently as she shared with us the story of her friend, Rhonda Musak, an actress and acting coach, who was preparing to debut her autobiographical, self-written solo show, “Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain.” We are so excited to bring Rhonda from NYC to Lincoln to present her solo show at this year’s symposium. Her personal journey will tie directly into this year’s topic, and we couldn’t have found a better fit for an entertaining piece at this year’s symposium!

Rhonda Musak is an actress and acting coach in New York City. She recently had the pleasure of performing in Vancouver, BC as she launched the world premiere of her self-written solo show, Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain, at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, followed-up by a sold-out run in NYC at the United Solo Theatre Festival. Rhonda has appeared in numerous New York City productions including the title role of Ondine – which was produced by her company, Deep Water Productions. Other favorites include: The Good Person of Setzuan, Measure for Measure and The Marriage Proposal. Rhonda has toured nationally and has performed regionally. She is a graduate of the National Shakespeare Conservatory. As an acting coach, Rhonda blends powerful acting techniques together with transformational Ericksonian solution focused life coaching at her acting studio: Art & Soul Acting – www.artandsoulacting.com.

Rhonda Musak brings a world premiered funny and moving piece that takes the audience on a triumphant, auto-biographical journey through the trials and tribulations of being different, and ultimately to self-discovery and healing:
“She squeaks by with a pile of self-help books and coaches in every corner.  Is she dumb?  Why can’t she function normally in the world?  When a mysterious pain dismantles her coping strategies, Rhonda Badonda embarks on a journey that leads her to the Paris Opera, Mozart, and the ultimate face-off…with her brain.”


Rhonda Badonda from Rhonda Musak on Vimeo.


Posted March 23, 2016 at 3:01PM
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