Posts by James Anderson

Impingement and Instability, West Yorkshire, UK. We had a fantastic international group gathered at Leeds University for Europe's first installment of the secondary level course Impingement and Instability. A big thank you to Martin Higgins, PRC for all his help hosting this course and for nurturing the science of PRI in the U.K. and across Europe. We had chiropractors from Germany, Pilates teachers from Switzerland, Physiotherapists from Ireland, Athletic Trainers from America traveling with international groups in Europe, and osteopaths, physicians, physiotherapists, chiropractors, sports therapists, strength coaches and personal trainers from all different parts of England.

It was refreshing to address such a diverse audience from so many different places with such varying backgrounds. As a group, we came together to really appreciate the lateralizing influence of asymmetrical body systems on human performance. We evaluated the 3 planes of performance, with special attention on the frontal plane. This appreciation for counter acting the lateralized human system gave us an edge understanding instabilities across the calcaneus, femur, ilium and scapula. Non manual and manual techniques were explored in context with these areas of instability, with a focus placed on getting patients and clients up on their feet. Breathing, gait and management of neurological reference centers were central themes throughout the course.

In the end, this group demonstrated a strong passion and a willingness to learn and apply advanced PRI principles in spite of their backgrounds. It was fun to see experienced professionals reconsider previously adopted ideas about biomechanics and movement and be open to new ways of evaluating things. Their willing hearts and minds made this course especially enjoyable for an educator who has become accustomed to teaching professionals in the US who are not usually as willing to cross boundaries outside their particular professions so easily. Thank you all for your welcome mentality and for the European hospitality you all so graciously showed me. Cheers!

Posted April 14, 2017 at 4:44PM

Postural Respiration-Honolulu Hawaii. Thank you to my friend Randy Fukuji, PT who’s strong interest and passion is the primary reason we have been able to teach PRI on the beautiful islands of Hawaii over the last couple of years. And thank you to all the employees of the host clinic, Fukuji and Lum Physical Therapy Associates, for your kind hospitality and the Aloha Spirit I feel from each one of you each time I am with you. You guys are the best! And thank you to my lab assistant, Tina Haiser, PT, PRC for her expert assistance throughout the course.

I have been to Hawaii a few times and even taught Myokinematic Restoration on one trip, but on this trip, I learned that PRI is much more Hawaiian than I ever realized. In Hawaii, the word “ha” means breath, or the sacred breath of life that enlivens every living being and unites us as one in spirit. Kinda deep, but kinda cool. The word “aloha” is one of many Hawaiian words that contains “ha” in it. This word is a warm and gracious greeting, meaning both hello and goodbye. It also means love, affection, warmth, kindness, compassion, peace and mercy. When you say “aloha” to someone, you are expressing your warmth and kindheartedness toward them, and also acknowledging the sacred breath of life within them, affirming that their spirit is one with your spirit. Who knew Hawaiian hellos and goodbyes had such deep meaning?

When I began teaching Postural Respiration to these beautiful Hawaiian people, they soon saw the “ha” in our message. Attaining a state of exhalation on one side of the body to overcome pathological hyperinflation resonated with them. They understood saying goodbye to breath on one side of their body so they could say hello to breath on the other side of their body. It seemed to affirm something they already knew. It really came together for me when one of our gracious hosts and owner of the host site clinic, Art Lum, PT, stood up and expressed his desire to give each one of his patients an alo”ha” on the left side of their body so they can in turn realize alo”ha”, or the breath of life on the right side of their body. Wow. The truth and significance of what he was saying was powerful. I just stood there speechless for a few seconds, reflecting on some gems from my early PRI learning.

I thought back to some of my discussions about PRI breathing mechanics in my early years of mentorship with Ron Hruska. I remembered him saying, “James, this is not pursed lip breathing or powerful exhalation we are talking about. It is more like a complete sigh out or a long haaaaaa breath.” I thought I got it then, and maybe mechanically and neurologically I did get some of it. But the fuller meaning of this sacred word “ha” did not appear for me until this last weekend. Words like “aloha” and “mahalo” for these beautiful Hawaiian people are more than just direct translations of our English words “hello” and “thank you”. They are spiritual affirmations of the life giving breath within each of us and also expressions of unity, compassion and love. So mahalo Art, for helping me realize some things that people in your beautiful culture already know. And mahalo Ron, for giving me the early pieces of a science that would later help me appreciate the deeper meaning of the word “ha”.

Posted March 17, 2017 at 2:47PM

Had a great weekend teaching Myokinematic Restoration with Wes Rosner and the rest of the staff at Velocity Sports Performance Southbay in Redondo Beach. Angelina Masino, Kenny Kallen and Yohei Arakaki, you guys were fantastic hosts and made sure we had everything we needed to deliver a great course to a large group of sports performance, strength and conditioning, movement and rehab professionals. Thank you to my lab assistants, Aimee Miyazawa, M.Ed, ATC, LAT, PRT and Matt Varca, DPT, PRC. You two were very helpful answering questions and assisting with exercise techniques in the lab portion of the course. The course attendees and I thank you for a job well done.

Nearly 75% of the class were first time attendees and that gave us the opportunity to spend a bigger part of the morning talking about PRI theoretical considerations and to help answer any unanswered or confusing questions they may have had about our science. I always love learning how people find their way to a PRI course, because everybody has a story and every story is unique in its own unique way. This weekend reminded me how much of an honor it is to be a course instructor and to act as voice for the institute as new professionals consider the tenants of the science and the possibility of using Postural Restoration in their future. It’s a special privilege to have the undivided attention of so many talented and capable professionals who have committed their time and their resources to learning about PRI. Thank you all for your interest and for the opportunity to spend two days together learning, practicing and integrating what we learn.

Thank you Aadil Ansari for traveling all the way from Connecticut to be with us. You get the furthest distance traveled award. Katie Piraino, your trip down from Alaska was a close second and the course was better because you made the effort to be here. Thanks for coming down. Rowena Tam and Timothy Von Behren, you two made me appreciate the value of having PT students in our courses. Locatelli Roa, your clarification questions and routine summaries of what you were learning helped the rest of us keep our thoughts together. Thanks for your participation and thank you for sharing your lunch with Matt and I on the second day. I have a new appreciation for Cuban food thanks to you. Gregg Miele and David Odom, you guys both had great insights on how PRI could be used well in performing arts, sports performance and general fitness populations. I enjoyed the class discussions and one on one discussions with you guys. Thanks for being there and thanks for sharing. John Dusel, thanks for taking time over the mid-season All-Star break to be with us. I know you travel constantly throughout the season and time on breaks is precious. I appreciate your interest. Tell Mike and Drew I appreciate the encouragement and mentorship they provide you guys. You're in a great place.

All in all, it was a great two days discussing performance of the pelvis and the hips from a PRI perspective. We evaluated the unmet needs of the left side of the pelvis and compared those to the unmet needs of the right side of the pelvis using a coloring exercise and a detailed discussion of the planes of movement for each respective muscle in the pelvic girdle. This helped us determine which component of the gait cycle was deficient on the left side and also the right side and know exactly which muscles to train to resolve the problem. We learned about pathological laxity in the hip joints and about a PRI concept called "ligamentous muscle” that helps close the deal with lax hip cases. And of course, we spent time learning and practicing the Hruska Adduction Lift Test, so we could monitor our progress and learn what we needed to do to put together the incomplete components of gait. Great job to a super great group of professionals. Thank you.

Posted February 22, 2017 at 7:25PM

Had a great weekend with the awesome team at Go Sports Therapy in Dallas/Fort Worth teaching Impingement & Instability to a high level group. The class included 5 PRI Credentialed professionals, with 2 of the 5 coming from the Go Sports Therapy team in Amy Goddard and Stephanie Irizarry. The other 3 were Texas standouts Jennifer Bullock, James Guzman and my fellow faculty member Sayuri Abe-Hiraishi. This doesn't even include all the great certified professionals down in and around Austin. Wow, when did Texas become so strong with PRI integration and application? Too cool. Secondary level courses always provide the opportunity to take the science of PRI to another level. And this group was ready. They were anxious to break the gait cycle into more detailed elements as they expanded their view of the all powerful frontal plane. They welcomed the neurological discussion associated with PRI Reference Centers and learned that right dominant breathing, patterned polyarticular muscle chains and an inability to perceive the left hemisphere and the left ground lead to a powerful PRI phenomena called Lateralization. This concept was discussed in context with calcaneal instability, patellar instability, Ilial instability and scapular instability. The demos were awesome, mostly because of the willing participation of guys like "K2" Kanno and "Q" Tran. You guys were great. Also thanks to Joe Vomvas, who traveled all the way from Toronto, to John Glenn from Ohio, to Eric Bunge from South Carolina, and Lyle Danley from Arizona. Thank you for traveling so far to be with us. And also thanks to my friend Jimmy Southard in the Mariners organization, for putting out another great protégé in Lyle Danley. You're a great mentor Jimmy.

Posted February 2, 2017 at 5:10PM

Mike Cantrell and I are excited to announce the official launch of our new business venture: Applied Integration Consulting.

Mike and I are offering formal consulting opportunities in an outreach format for rehab patients, fitness clients and performance athletes. We have built our company around our strong desire to mentor industry professionals looking to enhance successful application of Postural Restoration® in their own setting.

Feedback has been excellent!

“Co-treatments in the clinic with James Anderson were invaluable in progressing our clinical application of PRI practice and solidifying our methodology. Our time together was packed with countless clinical pearls and was helpful in motivating our team of clinicians”.  Amy Goddard-Go Sports Therapy, Coppell, TX

“I can’t begin to say how incredibly helpful Mike has been. He has mentored me, guided me with my clients and provided me with the skills that have empowered me. Thanks Mike”.  Debbie Teller-Busy Bodies Personal Training, Newport News, VA

“James identified key breakthroughs with our challenging clients so they could enjoy continued success with their training. Thanks for being a powerful resource to our team of strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers and physical therapists.” Adam Vogel-Pure Performance, Needham, MA

For more information or to take advantage of this service, please call (402) 871-8060. To learn more about Applied Integration Consulting, click here.

Posted January 9, 2017 at 3:00PM

Had a great couple of days teaching the PRI Integration for Baseball course in beautiful Port St. Lucie, Florida. It was my first opportunity to present this course with our new instructor, Ben Hagar, DPT, PRC and he did a fantastic job. You know things are going well integrating a new instructor when nobody in the room knew that this was his first time presenting and everybody did a great job connecting with the material. As a current MLB Physical Therapist and a long time protege of course author Allen Gruver, PT, ATC, PRC, Ben made the transition to Affiliate Course Instructor look pretty easy. Thanks for your high level of professionalism, your eye for detail and your commitment to making sure the course was a great experience for every single course attendee. It was truly an honor to mentor you and to get to work with you presenting this course Ben.

Also a big thank you to the New York Mets organization for being such a great host site for the course. We felt right at home with your staff and really sensed we were in an environment committed to getting better and working to help those around you get better. You were willing to learn with us, share so much of what you knew and contribute to a collaborative environment that really made for a great course. We look forward to being able to share more of our science with your staff in the future.

As for the highlights, Ben's slow motion video analysis of phases of throwing and hitting really set the stage for relevant and successful application of PRI to the patterned baseball athlete. The sitting trunk rotation test, the quadruped thorax on scapula movement assessment test and the standing eversion with abduction test were provided to help determine which components of rotational body function were deficient for both the right and left handed baseball player. The practical lab for each of these tests really gave the course attendee valuable insight into which components of movement needed to be addressed in order to restore tri-planer movement variability to the overarm rotational athlete. The Left AIC/Right BC pattern was presented in great detail, as well as the respiratory-driven Superior T4 Syndrome and the repetitive rotation-driven Superior T8 Syndrome, with treatment and training recommendations given for each presentation. Sidebar discussions about softball, volleyball, golf, handball and football, using the same conceptual model of analyzing rotational movement were very insightful to professionals working in these settings. It became clear to the group that the content of this course has application way beyond just baseball.

Posted November 29, 2016 at 4:12PM

Mike and the crew at the West Chester location of Premier Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine were great hosts and really took a liking to the Postural Respiration course material. Most of the class were present when they hosted Myokinematic Restoration 1 year earlier with Jennifer Poulin and they felt this course really helped bring the 2 courses together. It was so great to team teach this course with Louise Kelly and see the group come alive as their understanding of both courses was brought together. Its not as common to be able to team up with another one of our faculty, like Louise and I were able to do, but its definitely a treat for both of us and for the course attendees, because we all are able to learn so much from each other.

I was the primary presenter for the first half of the first day, introducing concepts associated with thoracoabdominal pathomechanics and outlining the framework for the course. Louise took the lead during the second half of the first day as we transitioned into the L AIC pattern and both non-manual and manual techniques for treating this pattern. She also was the primary presenter for the first half of the second day, moving into the R BC and Superior T4 Syndrome issues. She did a fantastic job going over rib mechanics, compensatory breathing patterns and methods to treat both of these conditions. The manual techniques were especially helpful to this group and they came to appreciate the different manual approaches they needed to take for different types of compensatory thoracic patterns. We had a lot of fun in the lab for the manual rib techniques and it was great to have someone as experienced and helpful as Louise to help it all go so well.

While in the Philadelphia area, I had the opportunity to take in some of the sights and sounds this great city has to offer. I went to the Rodin Sculpture Museum and also to the Barnes Foundation Museum of Art on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It was just the tip of the iceberg of Philadelphia museums, but its all I had time for. Next time I want to go to the Philadelphia Art Museum and run up the stairs to the front door, just like Rocky Balboa. I've been to the statue of Balboa out in front of the museum, but I've never taken the time to go inside and enjoy the art. Too many museums, not enough time. Philadelphia is definitely one of my favorite cities, when it comes to art and culture.

Posted November 14, 2016 at 5:14PM

Impingement and Instability. Had a great weekend at Bon Secours in Richmond Virginia exploring the frontal plane implications of foot and ankle function, knee function, hip and pelvic function, thoracic and shoulder function and cervical function. Appreciating what the frontal plane ankle does for the frontal plane hip and vice versa was a big part of our morning on the first day. We learned about neurological reference centers and then applied the patterned differences between the right and left side to the gait cycle. During the second half of the first day, we discussed the knee joint and worked on how to correctly diagnose and treat both compensation and orientation issues between the femur and the tibia and vice versa. The frontal plane influence up to the diaphragm as a basis to the transverse plane performance above the sacral base was a big part of our morning on the second day. This gave us added insight to treating instabilities that could be experienced at the hips, ischial seat or impingement issues commonly seen across the hips. That left the afternoon of day two to talk about the thorax and scapula, with a special emphasis on the scapular-thoracic instabilities that can develop on top of the thoraco-scapular patterns commonly seen. Manual techniques to treat Sibson's fascia, the right intercostal wall and the left pec major were also shown and discussed in great detail. It was fun to practice techniques together and to provide properly referenced cuing for our patients during exercise to help us all become better at delivering PRI.

Posted October 31, 2016 at 9:18PM

PRI Integration for the Home. Seattle Washington. Jill Moynahan and the team at Providence Homecare in Renton Washington were fantastic hosts for a great weekend with a super group of people in a very beautiful place. Thank you for your kind hospitality and the opportunity to enjoy such a fun weekend together. The class enjoyed going over the new and improved PRI Integration for the Home material, including the new ADL exercises and the standing resisted squat progressions. A couple of attendees who had taken the course prior to the new updates said it was totally worth attending again, simply because they were able to learn about and practice these new techniques. And if you haven't had the opportunity, Seattle Washington is a beautiful and super fun place to visit. My wife Karen was able to make the trip with me and we enjoyed going to great places like the Seattle Art Museum, the Pike Street Market, the Space Needle, Lake Washington and the Columbia Tower. The view of Puget Sound and the City of Seattle from the rotating restaurant at the top of the Space Needle really gave us an appreciation of the majestic beauty the great Northwest has to offer. Thank you Seattle for your ongoing interest in PRI and our opportunity to visit your beautiful city.

Posted October 24, 2016 at 7:55PM
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I spent a great weekend at the Fortius Sport and Health complex in beautiful Vancouver British Columbia. What an awesome host site. And what a super group of professionals attending, most of whom were attending their first ever live PRI course. Ryan, you were a great host and all the attendees were great, especially considering that we were holding the course on the weekend of Thanksgiving in Canada (and the Toronto Blue Jays were back in the playoffs!). Thanks for spending time with us and missing or rescheduling your Thanksgiving turkey dinners. As for the majestic beauty of Vancouver, this is God's Country. Wow! Reminded me of my youth growing up near beautiful Glacier National Park in NW Montana. And when I went on a walk around the lake across from the complex and saw a "Caution, Bears in the Area" sign, I felt right at home. Fortunately, I didn't run into any bears or other wild animals.

But it was beautiful. As for the Myokinematic Restoration course, this weekend was a nostalgic experience for me. One, because my PRI journey started with this course and it has been my pleasure to have taught it so many times over the years to so many new and energetic attendees, both live and through the home study. Two, because I realized I will not be teaching this course as much in the future because of my expanding affiliate course responsibilities and because we have a growing number of new faculty members who will have the responsibility of teaching our primary courses. I'm excited for our institute's growth and development, but I must say, a reflective weekend like this in such a beautiful place really made me miss those early years of PRI and all those great experiences. A big "thank you" to anyone who has ever shared a Myokin moment with me over the years. You are what makes it all worth it!

Posted October 17, 2016 at 4:34PM
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