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Todd Robbins, PT hosted Postural Respiration at one of his facilities, Robbins Rehabilitation East, this past weekend in Easton, PA.  One of his trusted friends and former co-workers, Brian Buetel, PT, had been telling Todd about PRI since his first PRI expereince and strongly suggested to not only attend but to sponsor a PRI primary course. Todd jumped in to be the host while attending his first PRI course. He also brought and personally sponsered nine of his employees with him.  And what a weekend it was for all attendees with two thirds of the class brand new to PRI!

The first PRI course experience can be exciting, challenging, over-whelming, a refreshing change to a status quo, a paradigm shift and very much like being fed water by a fire hose! What is so fun for a faculty member is to see students repeat back a new awareness and concept, put it into an application they experience during the weekend and have an enthusiastic response of wanting more PRI. This weekend was full of these new awareness moments- like the before and after of a non-manual technique or a new way to look at testing that always can be traced back to what shape and position the diaphragm is in and how it drives position of a pelvis and ribcage. Another insight that is always big is that one the of the most important muscles of respiration is the left hamstring while IO's and TA's pull a ribcage down, in and back like "hay hooks". The class could see in a new way that muscles on the one side of the body are deficient and some are biased driving us laterally to an end-range position we rely on for a perception of stability.   Superior T-4 is always an added layer of discrimination of patho-mechanical accessory muscle respiration superimposed on top of dominate patterns and position. Watching apical expansion become positive on the left during lab after the Superior T-4, or get air into the right chest wall technique, and the reasoning behind it, was a huge eye opener for the entire class.


Many thanks to Todd Robbins, PT for bringing his PT staff to Postural Respiration.  It is a leap of faith to try a new approach and he and his crew jumped right in with energy and curiosity.  Big thanks to Brian Beutel, PT for sharing PRI with Todd and being the host site contact this weekend.  His help and support was an instructor's dream and I hope to return soon to Robbins Rehab East. They already have another PRI course subject scheduled for next year. And last but not least a HUGE thank you my vetran lab assistant, Jon Herting who was a valuable resource throughout the weekend!

Posted November 14, 2019 at 10:59AM by

Phoenix Arizona is a beautiful place to visit just about any time of the year, but early November in the Valley of the Sun is just about perfect. A big thank you to Jimmy Southard and the amazing staff of the LA Dodgers for hosting Postural Respiration, our flagship course. Also thank you to all of our wonderful course attendees and a special thanks to Aaron DeBord and Jim Wittekind for assisting me as lab instructors.

Postural Respiration hosted by the LA Dodgers, James Anderson, Postural Restoration Institute

The recently updated Postural Respiration course is fun to teach for many reasons. First of all, the research associated with the presentation on day one is comprehensive and clarifies concepts that have been fundamental to this institute since its onset. Emphasis on powerful PRI principles like Left Posterior Mediastinal Expansion, Right Apical Chest Wall Expansion, Autonomic Sense and Limited Functional Patterns take on new meaning in context with these newly included research articles.

Postural Respiration Primary Course, Postural Restoration Institute

Postural Respiration Manual Technique, Postural Restoration Institute

Another highlight is a new test to assess Standing Posterior Mediastinum Expansion. This group took the time to appreciate the the critical nature of this concept and to experiment with this new test and it really paid off. Many new ideas for utilization in a variety of settings were discussed and shared. Many eyes were opened up to what this institute has always been able to offer upright rotational performance and the autonomic variability for athletic performance and standing upright training activities. Fun to see and experience.

Standing Posterior Mediastinum Reach Test, Postural Restoration Institute

Thank you Jimmy Southard and thank you LA Dodgers! Always a world class organization with world class hospitality.

Posted November 13, 2019 at 10:27AM by

This was the last offering of Myokinematic Restoration for 2019. And what a way to end the year! We had a great group of chiropractors, athletic trainers, physical therapists and PT assistants,  strength coaches, personal trainers, and cranial therapists.  I was very excited to get to sunny northern California, as the we got 4-6 inches of snow the day before I left. Which made for a miserable Halloween.  

Fortunately, only treats and no tricks with PRI! This course affords us the luxury of spending a lot of time in lab.  Nearly 40% of the class is spent in lab, which provides the attendee ample opportunity to find, feel, and experience the science of PRI. This course also provides ample time for us to discuss, explain, and digest the Hruska Adduction and Abduction Lift Tests as a means of determining one's ability to walk and breathe. If walking and breathing require compensation, everything will require compensation.  

We had a great discussion about sympathetic vs. parasympathetic nervous system activity related to pelvic positioning, foot and ankle performance, and how the acetabulum position dictates femoral activity.  

My thanks to Shaun Buchanan and Joan Shepherd Mellows for hosting us and all the logistical work that goes into a successful weekend.  My thanks to Jenn Gaskin, Brian Schulman, John Garland, Cody Gilliss, Michael Serrano, and Tracy Henry for all of their great questions and help during demonstrations.  

But this weekend wouldn't have worked nearly as well if it weren't for Will Waterman, PRC, and Tim Dempsey, PRT. They were fantastic lab assistants and were a great help during the entire course. Without a doubt, they were instrumental to helping this diverse group digest this information. Looking forward to 2020!

Posted November 11, 2019 at 11:04AM by
Categories: Clinicians Courses Science

Lima, Ohio. Home of the KewPee Burger!

This weekend I travelled to Lima Ohio to teach my last course of 2019. It is not the easiest site to get to, but it was so worth the effort. This course had 18 attendees of varying backgrounds. It’s nice to teach to a group of professionals with different perspectives. There were PT’s, PTA’s, Chiropractic Physicians, Athletic Trainers, Strength Coaches and a Pilates Instructor.  


We spent the weekend discussing optimizing patterns, breathing and compensations of the Pelvic girdle as they relate to frontal plane control of Inlets and Outlets. Most of the attendees were new to the science so teaching this integrated introductory course allows us to explore the integration of thoracic diaphragmatic breathing with Pelvis respiration to balance posture and gait.  Pelvis Restoration is known for its complex acronyms. I tried to move away from overuse of acronyms, and discussed proper position of inlets and outlets during upright function. I think this helped the new learner shift their perspective from orthopeadic thinking to the neurologic ANS control of patterns.

On Sunday, “Treatment Day!”, we discussed a pathway for treatment of the L AIC, PEC and the  Patho PEC patterned individual. We explored the triplanar position of the iliacus as it relates to swing and stance and sacro-iliac dysfunction. This is always an awesome opportunity to bring concepts of inhibition and activation of the same muscle in different planes of movement. This course allows me to dive deep into rabbit roles of pelvic respiration and thoracic diaphragm position. We had a great time integrating breathing throughout the weekend. By Sunday afternoon, the light bulbs were going off as were the “Ah-Ha” moments.

I enjoyed the banter with both Jason Russell, DC and Nick Goins, DC throughout the weekend. They were my Glut Gait guys! Jason, be nicer to Nick!
Carri Baumback, PT took her first course 10 years ago with Ron and brought her co-worker and friend Cynthia Nieberding, PT. It was great having them in the front row, not afraid to ask questions! Next time we have dinner ladies!

Alex Maag and his staff took very good care of me and our class. The interest in PRI in that great state of Ohio is growing. I look forward to seeing these clinicians grow and develop their PRI knowledge.


“When you go to Lima, you eat a KewPee Burger and rub the babies belly” - James Anderson
Well, I ate the burger but couldn’t reach the belly. Next time…..

Posted November 6, 2019 at 10:42AM by
Categories: Clinicians Courses Science

Robert Newhelfen, DC, founder of Motus Integrative Health, describes his clinic as “a full integrative health clinic bringing new and unique treatment options to the people of Northwest Indiana.” In keeping with this vision, his clinic hosted Postural Respiration, a unique and integrative approach to addressing postural influences of rib torsion, inconsistent breathing patterns, habitual use of accessory respiratory musculature, and a positionally-restricted diaphragm. As in most PRI courses, we had an interdisciplinary group of course attendees, comprised of PTs, chiropractors, ATCs, and strength and conditioning experts in professional baseball and soccer. Also in attendance was Ruth Hennessey, MM, a vocal specialist well-known in the world of singing. Thank you, Ruth, for your insights into how singers develop faulty breathing strategies and retain undesirable tension that can affect their voice.

   

From the get-go, we discussed human asymmetry, most notably of the right and left hemi-diaphragms, leading to predictable patterns of muscle activity and movement. Our inherent asymmetry gives us a starting point from which we  shift our bodies and rotate. It is what an infant relies on to make its way from the womb to the external world. This applies to every developmental milestone, from crawling to running. However, when patterned muscle activity "goes rogue", from too much sitting or engaging in the same, repetitive activities, day in and day out, the results are patterned restrictions, injury, and fatigue.  

Course attendees served as one another’s case studies as they compiled PRI objective data to assess for both lower and upper body neuromuscular dys-synchrony and to guide treatment. Thank you to Rebecca Custer, DPT, and Wynne Conklin, CPT, our templates for the entire class for right BC over-activity and its pathological sibling, superior T4 syndrome. We discussed how this syndrome limits first rib mobility. The first rib is the driver behind the mechanics of the entire thorax and, therefore, must remain mobile! This course was updated a year ago. It includes a new test for the brachial chain as well as where, when, and what inhibition techniques fit into the treatment scheme. If you haven’t taken Postural Respiration in a while, it’s time for a refresher!


 
Thank you everyone for your thoughtful questions. Nate Kloosterman, DPT, OCS, gets the prize for most questions asked, keeping this instructor on her toes. A special thank you goes to Adrian Gutierrez, DC, for handling the set-up, food, sign-in, etc.   You were a gracious host and helped make this weekend an enjoyable experience.

Posted November 5, 2019 at 10:16AM by
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