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Giving a PRI course on occlusal positional consideration and occlusal influences on human positional sensorium and pattern was one of the highlights of my career and life. “After 45 years of ‘pre-dental major’ exploration, non-conformist intuitive processing and integrative pattern exposure and recognition and ‘irrational’ clinical appreciation that was built off of ‘effect and cause’ experience, “I was prepared to present ‘post –dental’ reasonings and recommendations. This first power point slide is powerful because it reflects my 45 years of pre-dentistry and the foundations of PRI. It is a course designed for dentists who are interested in patterned occlusion and its relationship to human patterned asymmetrical and functional limitation.

This was the first time I gave this one day course – however, I have been preparing 45 years to discuss spheno-palatine influence on bite patterns, teeth behavior  and personalities, the five meanings of ‘OA’ as related to that frontal plane, occlusal-calcaneal cortical function, and occlusal impact on dynamic freedom.

I want to thank Jen Platt for her ‘first row’ student perspective and advice and for her patience and producer role, that she has perfected over the years of working with this director. Other shout outs to Hannah Janssen for her acting and functional performance and to Matt Hornung for his editing, visual production and camera mastery. Without my comrades at the Hruska Clinic, refinement and resolution of this vast subject matter would be tyrannical. Jason Masek MSPT, ATC, CSCS, PRC, Lori Thomsen MPT PRC, Torin Berge MPT , PRC, Dave Drummer DPT, PRC and Heidi Wise OD, FCOVD. Thank you for your patience, kindness and ongoing support. I love you all so much.

I also want to thank Rebecca Hohl DDS MS, Chris Campbell DDS, Mark Vanicek DDS, Susan Christensen, DDS, and their respective staffs. Without their integrative mindedness and effort, the research that supports the didactic information provided by this course would have limited clinical significance and measurable outcomes.

The feedback and input were invaluable and I am excited for the next opportunity to relate human patterned asymmetrical occlusal contact and referenced sense to the asymmetrical pattern that coincide or contribute to human pattern development and the behavior recognized  by the Postural Restoration Institute

Posted February 16, 2018 at 3:37PM by
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There I was in Hotlanta and as the rain poured down!  40 of us PRI nerds gathered at One On One Physical Therapy and spoke about all things Postural Respiration. I didn’t get to take very many pictures this time around because I was busier than a centipede at a toe-counting contest! Honestly, if I wasn’t answering questions...I was asking MORE questions. This audience was chock full of eager minds and new professionals visiting PRI concepts for the very first time. How honored I was to have the opportunity to go over the complexities of normal and abnormal respiration, the role of the diaphragm as a postural muscle and a respiratory muscle, rib kinematics as they relate to human asymmetry. I had two of my own former employees who are both Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) helping in the labs: Adrian Baker DPT, PRC and Kristin Spencer MPT, PRC. Adrian and Kristin were extremely helpful and valuable assets during the weekend and I am grateful to both of them. One On One Physical Therapy is a great host site and the facility was laid out nicely for a good class. Karen Davis Warren MPT, OCS, OTC made sure we had what we needed and I’m pretty sure she is planning on hosting another PRI course in the future. Present in the audience was Amos Mansfield ATC the head Athletic Trainer at Mercer University in Macon, GA. Amos is hosting Myokinematic Restoration at Mercer on March 3-4 and I would invite all to attend as this course dovetails very well with Postural Respiration. I look forward to seeing you all next month and in continuing PRI courses in the future. Let’s explore the science together!

Posted February 13, 2018 at 2:25PM by
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Hruska Clinic hosted visitors from Japan

Earlier this January we were blessed to host 2 gentlemen from Japan; Koichi YAMADA and Akira YOSHIMOTO; who came to Lincoln to see how our staff utilizes the science of Postural Restoration(R) in a clinical setting. They spent a day mentoring with us in the clinic as well as some time with the staff at PRI. Here is their testimonial in their best of English as well as some fun pictures from their time. Little do they know that we learned as much from them as we hope to have shared with them. We hope to continue to grow these types of relationships with passionate dedicated professionals wherever they are!

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Posted February 1, 2018 at 4:05PM by

I can't begin to explain how much fun I had teaching this past weekend, for many reasons. One of the main reasons is the site host this past weekend was one of my very good friends, Suzie Maciel. Suzie and I went to PT school together, and we have been great friends ever since. She is responsible for PRI coming to Sacramento, as well as the success of our class this weekend. We had some IT issues, and Suzie was a real hero. My eternal gratitude, my friend!

We had a ton of great questions that helped us keep focused on our progression from normal mechanics to pathological mechanics. We were fortunate to have a very diverse class of rehab and strength professionals. It is both refreshing and exciting to have so many first-timers to the science of PRI. To have the privilege of introducing PRI to health care professionals, and sharing the ride with those eager to learn, is so enjoyable.

Our weekend started with a mechanical discussion and progressed to how patterned mechanics dictate muscular performance. We also discussed how we need to keep our muscles in the proper "Boy Band." There are times to be "Batman," and times to be Bruce Wayne. We discussed why the neuromechanics of patterned behavior leads to compensation, and how some compensation is expected, and others lead to pathology.

We were fortunate to have plenty of lab and demonstration time. My thanks to Dade Donovan, DC, for being our model for our repositioning demonstration. He has a classic L AIC presentation, and was the optimal model for our learning. , Additionally, Cole Hughlett, DPT, provided us the opportunity to learn how his testing revealed differing results when compared to Dade. We also had a great introduction to the Hruska Adduction and Abduction Lift tests, as well as how they are linked to the gait cycle. Which lead us into our discussion of how the hamstring is the gate keeper of the gait cycle. Susie Buchanan was a great model for us to learn and see how underlying every PEC is a L AIC.

My thanks to Robert "Pete" Lucente for his awesome and timely questions. Melissa Stahl, Teresa Wooden, Tim King, Joel, Smith, and Andrew Hughey kept us honest during lecture, and asked insightful questions during lab. And a huge thank you to Caleb Chiu, CSCS, PRT, for his help during the weekend. He is a fantastic lab assistant, and was invaluable in adding important points of discussion that needed to be clarified or emphasized more. An additional thank you to Taylor Lewis, MA CSCS, PRT, RKC II for his help during our labs. Having two certified individuals in the course really helped the course run smoothly and allow the first timers more access to how to apply the science of PRI from two very experienced practitioners.

Posted February 1, 2018 at 9:07AM by

Cervical Revolution Seattle! How excited I was to have the opportunity to visit the world of Alpine Physical Therapy. My hosts and co-owners of Alpine: Eli Zygmuntowicz DPT, OCS, Jeremiah Ferguson DPT, OCS and Chris (Murph) Murphy DPT, OCS are three very strong PRI enthusiasts. These guys are the ones to watch as PRI progresses in the northwest. In their new and very modern facility we began a journey into the world of cervical spine management as well as cranial strain patterns and dental integration. On hand were 9 dentists, many of whom were quite familiar with PRI. Kent Moberly DDS returned for another round of learning and we also had many PRC’s and Takuto Kondo ATC, CSCS, DNSET, PRT was on hand too! More and more people are enrolling in this class because, in spite of the daunting reputation that this course has, people are realizing that understanding the material is essential for adequate ability to successfully manage a significant number of patients who require a multi-disciplinary approach. By the end of this class, attendees were creating a local study group to continue what was started this past weekend! Dentists were excited, therapists were jazzed and I couldn’t have been more proud of them and the Postural Restoration Institute. I look forward to returning to Seattle someday soon! Oh and keep in mind that Postural Visual Integration is coming soon to Alpine Physical Therapy so register right away!!!

Posted January 24, 2018 at 2:31PM by
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