Posts by Ron Hruska

If someone were to ask me to describe the ideal setting, attendees, topic, and timelines for a PRI Course that I would want to organize and create, I would have responded the following way.   First, I would truly like to instruct and teach in our PRI home, our Institute, our place of study, work and fun, our resource center, our reference center, and our service center where we can serve nourishment both in the form of food and didactical discussion.   Second, I would invite a mix of course attendees and disciplines that were new to PRI; and some that took the first offered PRI courses offered years ago. (Joan Hanson and Lori Thompsen you will always remain young in my heart and mind).  Third, I would limit the class to 20 attendees to maximize the individual interaction and participation.  Fourth, I would want to have lunch with all of them and talk about things that they wanted to talk about with me. Fifth, I would pick objectives and subject matter related to the head, neck, teeth, vision, and neuro-patterning.   Sixth, I would hold the course on a Friday and Saturday and I would do it at the astronomical beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere or mid-March.   And finally, I would like to participate with some professionals that I work with in this community, since I lecture and talk to so many attendees, that work in different disciplines and also in different communities.   Pat Brinkman-Falter BSDH, MS, RDH,CO,  Susan Christiansen DDS,  Janae Greer PT, DPT,  and Charissa Johnson PT,ATC, thank you for coming to this community educational course.   I respect and appreciate you all so much.   I look forward to each and every course that is hosted here in Lincoln Nebraska, home of the PRI minds.  

Posted March 30, 2017 at 7:11PM

After working with Dr. Heidi Wise for almost a decade, I have come to the realization that I learned the most about postural destabilization and de-patterning from her.   Our vestibular system thrives on imbalance.  We are upright processing, bipedal minded and protective patterned humans and our dependency on stability often limits sequential, reciprocal, and comprehensive interdependency which is needed for us to manage and handle complexity and creativity.   I have witnessed this in the work that we do in PRI Vision on a weekly basis.   Our visual perspectives can have a lasting impact on our behavioral and functional processing of input that is “new” or complex, only if it is flexible and accommodating to our need to remain calm.  Dr. Wise will discuss how “optic flow” and the visual “lens” that is necessary for relaxation, can influence our need to remain flexible, calm, interdependent and egomotion minded. She has become a gift to our worlds of dependency and over achievement.   We are sharing her with you and her presentation will be a take home gift. 

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Posted March 30, 2017 at 3:43PM

Our ability to acquire new passions, interests, and behavior requires recognition of our nescience and curiosity.   I met Wren McLaughlin, I believe, in 2012, at a Temporal Mandibular Cervical course and remember how much diverse interest this women’s health clinical specialist had in so many areas.   In an unintentional way she has a psychoenergetic sense to her that has resonated with me ever since;  yet she reminded me that she has never taken a “psychology” course.  Her gift of coherence is truly remarkable and her students get a course on psychology every time they hear her.   That is why I am so happy she agreed to talk about how to fully stay creative by establishing a stable sense of self for those new, challenging, provoking and “unstable” opportunities or patterns that you do not want to miss or recognize for life changing enjoyment.  This could be the presentation that you will not forget because of the way she “unlocks” those that are too certain and too stable.   It is not too late to unlock your schedule and register for this symposium to hear this speaker. 

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Posted March 23, 2017 at 3:07PM

There is not a week that goes by in my world of PRI practice that someone does not either lament about or experience dizziness, motion sickness or nauseousness.    I had the opportunity to talk Dr. Thomas Stoffregen over two years ago about his work related to Motion Sickness and since then have read many, is not most of his articles that have been published on motion sickness as a movement disorder.  He works at the School of Kinesiology in Minneapolis MN and I can still recall the very first article I read that he wrote about this topic of “motion sickness” happening when we acquire unstable control of bodily orientation.  Also he believes recovery begins when we reacquire stable control of the body.  His suggestion that the symptoms similar to motion sickness or those that are related to motion sickness, arise from a temporary or transient movement disorder.  This was very intriguing to me, because of my recognition of similar events that occur at a time where adaption to asymmetry appeared to be very highly correlated with symptoms of dizziness, nauseousness and motion sickness.  These correlations were becoming even more evident based when the patients I evaluated were also being evaluated and co-treated with other integrative disciplines. 

Dr. Stoffregen will be presenting on both days of this year’s Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium and his experience and research will help all of us understand how those who have spent life on the moving sea and require a period of adaptation to “get their sea legs” can also help us better understand ways to control and stabilize the moving body with “their land legs”.   I have enjoyed every conversation I have had with him and look forward to meeting him personally because of his passion to study an area that I see every day, or week, with patients who believe they are on a water based vessel.   His direct comment to me was, “I would like to relate classical motion sickness to dizziness, migraine, concussion and quantitative ‘signatures’ of health that may exist in patterns of bodily movement.”   If you are working with patients who have dizziness and sea legs when on land you do not want to miss this presentation and discussion on how it relates to PRI patterns!

To learn more about Interdisciplinary Integration click HERE.

Posted March 13, 2017 at 2:11PM

Posted March 10, 2017 at 5:32PM

The word “symposium” means a formal meeting at which experts deliver addresses on a topic that relates to a collection of opinions on a subject.    Remodeling dynamic perception and behavior for appropriate functional periods of time and places of neurologic “instability” is the subject of this year’s 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium.  There probably is not a greater influencer on neuro-mechanical “over” or “hyper”compensation and “over” or “hyper” stabilization than pain.  That is why we asked Sue Falsone PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, RYT to give her perspective on the topic of pain and its influences on our intervention programs.   Her experience and practical methods that can be implemented to identify pain generators should help our patients, clients and athletes decrease this “over” or “hyper” drive for protection, stabilization and patterning.  The course attendee will not only appreciate the many perspectives of pain influencing functional outcomes but will also listen to a very well known and positive minded speaker who knows how to relate motor control or lack of to pain.

To learn more click here.

Posted March 3, 2017 at 8:47PM

I attended  a Myokinematic Restoration course this last weekend in NYC and I was scheduled to teach the course, but had the most wonderful opportunity to attend the course, as an attendee and an instructor assistant.  First of all, I always enjoy going to New York because it offers me the ability to spend time with my two grandsons, Maxwell and Dash, who live in the heart of the Meatpacking District.  I always enjoy the culture and the eclectic backgrounds of course attendees who live and come to PRI courses in  New York City.  And I appreciate, so much, the hospitality of the Finish Line Physical Therapy  staff.  Michael Conlon has become a good friend of ours and has accommodated us over the last few years in the most gracious manner.   However, this trip allowed me to see a new PRI faculty member instruct and mentor and teach me on how to “apply examination and assessment skills to neuromuscular dyssychrony and postural asymmetries that affect stability and function of the lower half”, or how to apply the third outlined objective for this course, in a manner that I have never experienced before. Dan Houglum MSPT, ATC/L, PRC held my attention the entire two days  and took me on a course that was historically and clinically presented through his lens, as a student of mine 20 years ago and as a PRI seasoned clinician and now a faculty member today.    Dan not only is one of our most prepared presentors but one of our most precision based and practical minded clinicians.  His comments on how “resistance” becomes “assistance” still resonates as I write this.  I was so proud to be his student and so humbled to be his assistant and know that any future course attendee that has the opportunity to hear him and listen to him will also be engaged and listened to, by him. 

Posted March 2, 2017 at 4:44PM

Message from Ron: Our ability to execute purposeful, controllable and stable movement often depends on how we use or do not use our teeth for occlusal reference.  On the second day of this year’s Spring Symposium, Elizabeth Caughey, DDS will present her perspectives on how to use dental occlusion to free up or retrain over-stabilizing muscle of the head and neck.  Her presentation will enlighten anyone who wants to know more about bite splints that can positively destabilize over used or programmed muscles of the neck through re-programming effort from the masticatory system and proprioception received from the teeth.  Elizabeth is an energetic practitioner and I feel so honored to have her speak on a topic that she is so passionate about.  I am sure she will enlighten us on how to work with dentists who are interested in reducing neck tension that often correlates with facial pain.

Elizabeth's Talk:

Deprogramming versus Destabilization: A Dentist’s Perspective on Effective Splint Design

For years dentists have treated facial pain with bite splints of every design. This talk will compare the limitations of simple dental deprogramming, against the greater goals of destabilization necessary to reduce cervical tension.  We will also cover key elements of splint design needed to awaken the dental sense organ and masticatory system, for the purposes of informing the body of proprioception and how to move through space.

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Posted February 3, 2017 at 4:34PM

Message from Ron:

I have been following Benoît Bardy and reading his work and materials for a number of years and am personally looking forward to hearing him discuss how our patients use “self-produced” and “environmental” information to stabilize or destabilize postural synergies.   There have been so many instances in my life where the need to destabilize a dynamic movement pattern preceded the need for stabilizing a pattern that appears to exist because of weakness.   Benoît has a gift to interface the unique individual characteristics of postural control (motor signature) to the same individual’s characteristics of social interaction and response to the “existence” of others.   His work will have an impact on how we look at social interactions that may be restraining ideal movement and motor “synchronization”.  Just this verbiage gets me excited!

Benoît's Talks:

Information-Induced Destabilization of Posture and Movement

In this presentation, the role of information in the (de-)stabilization of postural dynamics will be addressed. I will present the postural system as a complex dynamical system composed of many interacting degrees of freedom, giving rise at the behavioral level to functional, adaptive, and efficient postural synergies. I will show how endogenous (i.e., self-produced) and exogenous (i.e., from the environment) information can be used to modulate the postural system for functional purposes, for instance during learning and rehabilitation. Illustrations will include (i) vision-based rehabilitation of posture after stroke, (ii) coupling of sound and posture during standing, (iii) music-induced stabilization of walking and running in both healthy participants and patients suffering from Parkinson's Disease.

Interpersonal Synchronization of Posture and Movement

The coordination between body segments during standing and walking, or between the body and the environment, has classically been studied individually. However, social interactions are essential parts of our daily life, and they constraint the way we stand or move in a group. In this presentation, I will review the recent literature on interpersonal coordination of posture and movement — the study of motor synchronization between people, and will illustrate the circular relation between postural control and social rapports: the way we stand and move in a group influences, and is in return influenced by, our social interactions. Recent results will be presented showing in various postural synchronization tasks the existence of individual motor signatures (IMS), how these IMS are influenced by the presence of others, and the way technology can be used to facilitate postural synchronization. The consequences for the rehabilitation of patients suffering from social disorders (schizophrenia, autism, social phobia) will be addressed.

Bio:

Benoît G. Bardy earned his B.S., M.S., and PhD (1991) in Movement Sciences at the University of Marseille in France. He was awarded a Georges Lurcy fellowship and a NATO postdoctoral fellowship to continue his research on perception and action in virtual reality at Brown University in Rhode Island, USA. Upon completion of the fellowship he returned to Marseille and worked as a lecturer in Movement Sciences, developing research on perception-action and postural control. Selected as a new professor at the University of Paris (Paris-Sud) in 1999, he created there a Research Center in Sport Sciences, and entered the Institut Universitaire de France as a junior member (2001-2006). In 2005, Benoît returned to the south of France and founded a few years later EuroMov, the new European center for research, technology and innovation in movement sciences (www.euromov.eu). EuroMov is a new concept in the country, at the crossover between fundamental and clinical sciences, technological development, and health-oriented entrepreneurship. Today the center welcomes in a brand new (2500 m2) building located in Montpellier around 100 researchers, engineers, and entrepreneurs from 12 countries collaborating on various scientific and R&D projects related to Movement for Health, in general. The center hosts iMose – Interactive MOtion Simulator at EuroMov – the largest motion-based simulator in France (http://euromov.eu/project/i-mose-lab/). In 2012, Benoît was re-inducted into the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF, 22th promotion) as a senior member.

Benoît’s research is concerned with dynamical approaches to problems of coordination and control of movement, in real and virtual situations, with a particular interest for personalized technology-oriented rehabilitation. Benoît is the author of 200+ scientific articles and 380+ lectures, communications, and conferences worldwide. He is the current coordinator (2013-2016) of two large-scaled European research projects. ALTEREGO (www.euromov.eu/alterego) develops innovative rehabilitation methods to improve relational deficits of patients suffering from social disorders using virtual reality and humanoid robotics. BEAT-HEALTH (www.euromov.eu/beathealth) exploits the tight link between music and movement and delivers embodied, flexible, and personalized rhythmical auditory stimulation (RAS) in order to enhance health (walking in PD patients) and wellness (Running across the lifespan).

Benoît is consulting expert and an evaluator for the H2020 research program of the European Commission.

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Posted January 26, 2017 at 9:50PM
Categories: Courses

The Postural-Visual Integration course will only be offered on two occasions prior to the 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium scheduled on April 20-21, 2017. By attending the Postural-Visual Integratoin course, you will gain a better understanding on how vision influences the centering of body mass when in a single stance, and how over-focusing influences foot placement. This information will enhance the processing and application of information provided at the Spring Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium on Induced Destabilization, Interpersonal Synchronization and Depatterning through Visual Perspectives. You therefore may want to consider attending a Postural-Visual Integration course in early 2017 in either Chapel Hill, NC on Feb 4-5th, or Minneapolis, MN on Mar 11-12th, if you are planning on attending the 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium and have not yet taken the Postural-Visual Integration course.

Posted December 28, 2016 at 5:29PM
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