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Earlier this month, at our annual Advanced Integration course, we presented the PRI Director’s Dedication Award to two very deserving individuals who have had such a positive impact on our Institute. The PRI Directors Dedication Award was established in 2012 to recognize individuals’ ongoing dedication to their advancement in PRI. Susan Henning and Joe Belding were the very first recipients of the PRI Director’s Dedication Award, back in 2012. And this year, we were so honored to present the PRI Directors Award to two of their colleagues, Lisa Mangino and Jean Massé. To date, we have presented this award to 20 individuals and an award recognition plaque, which is pictured above, is displayed at the Postural Restoration Institute® in Lincoln, Nebraska, recognizing each of the PRI Directors Dedication Award recipients.

Lisa Mangino and Jean Massé are physical therapists and colleagues, in Chapel Hill, NC. Lisa began her PRI journey 14 years ago, taking her first course (Myokinematic Restoration) in 2009 at the University of Duke, where she was employed. Not long after, in 2010, Jean Massé, who was influenced by co-workers and PRC therapists Susan Henning and Joe Belding at Advance Physical Therapy, completed her first PRI course. She went on to complete PRC credentialing in 2013.  

Jean is a nationally recognized Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association, since 1999. She continues to be a regular speaker at the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Physical Therapy on the subject of scoliosis and chronic pain. 

She and Lisa obtained the preliminary C1 and Advanced C2 Schroth scoliosis certification in 2013. They have been treating young and older people with scoliosis since.

Lisa completed PRC credentialing in 2014, the same year that she began working at Advance Physical Therapy in Chapel Hill, with Susan, Joe and Jean. And, they have all worked alongside each other for the past 10 years. 

Lisa’s passion is working with children, and as a pediatric therapist at Advance Physical Therapy, and the University of Duke Medical Center, she has touched the lives of so many children and families in her career. Her dedication to treating the child with neurological impairments led her to pursue certification in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), in 2009. Lisa obtained national recognition with her certification as a Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS) by the American Physical Therapy Association, in 2010. 

Over the years, Lisa and Jean have attended 10+ Advanced Integration courses. In 2017, they began teaching day 4 of the Advanced Integration course, on Curvature of the Spine, alongside colleague and mentor Susan Henning. And it was such an honor to have them here teaching day 4 of this course again this year!

In addition to their involvement with day 4 of the Advanced Integration course, they also co-authored Chapter 7 titled “Postural Restoration: A Tri-Planar Asymmetrical Framework for Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Scoliosis and Other Spinal Dysfunctions”, in the InTech open access book, “Innovations in Spinal Deformities and Postural Disorders”, back in 2017 with Susan Henning. And a couple years later, Lisa, Jean and Susan founded STRATER Scoliosis Institute, where they are dedicated to the education of physical therapy professionals for safe and effective treatment of scoliosis. Over the past 5 years, they have worked closely with PRI to receive permission to teach PRI copyrighted material in the STRATER level 1 and 2 courses. Katie Piraino, who is a PRC therapist, attended the STRATER level 2 course last month and emailed me shortly after. Her exact words were, “I just took the Strater Scoliosis 2 course. Only 15 participants, there should be 100’s they are so good!”

In addition to this dedication and involvement with education related to PRI and scoliosis, Lisa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours on course development over the past several years, including the former PRI Integration for Pediatrics affiliate course, and today’s Human Evolution course, which was taught for the first time in September 2022….and although it’s a relatively new course, it is already catching fire with PRINation.

In 2020, Lisa was also invited as an adjunct faculty member at High Point University, to teach a semester long selective course for Physical Therapy students titled, “Postural Restoration® - An Overview of Asymmetrical Human Movement”.

Congratulations to Lisa and Jean on such a deserving award! 

Posted December 27, 2023 at 10:22AM by
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We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) Class of 2023! This was a special week for us as we conducted PRC credentialing for our 20th year! From the first class in 2004 to this most recent group of clinicians, we have had 250 clinicians complete PRC credententialing, spanning 38 states and 7 countries. You can search PRI credentialed providers on our Find a Provider map

PRC credentialing is the result of completing multiple advanced PRI courses, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participating in practical and analytical testing. Earlier this week, 7 clinicians earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Louise Kelley, Skip George, and Jennifer Platt.

The Postural Restoration Institute® established this certification process in 2004 as a way to recognize and identify those individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute. The PRC credentialing program is available to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and chiropractors who have attended PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participate in both clinical and analytical testing. 

CLICK HERE to view the photo album. 

Back Row (L to R): Skip George, Alan Lee, Timas Peteraitis, Justin Baird, Brandon Le Burkien
Front Row (L to R): Louise Kelley, Greer Mackie, Diana Lee, Steven Blair, Ron Hruska, Jennifer Platt

Posted December 13, 2023 at 11:10AM by

They say the third time is a charm! I think we’ve been planning to take the “old Peds course” and now the new, remastered “Human Evolution” course to Alpine PT in Seattle WA three times, and in October, we finally did it, barring surgery and COVID! From my perspective, it was well worth the wait. Christopher Murhpy, Jeremiah Ferguson, Eli Zygmuntowicz, and Eva Bilo were the most gracious hosts and hostess. It was so great to have met you after hearing so many good things about you and your clinic.

We took a journey through the development of a human, highlighting critical sensory motor milestones, reviewed the literature supporting why these human developmental principles are important and connected it all with a description and application of 7 specific developmental processes. With over 100 videos of clinicial application through the lifespan, we were “in the clinic” with 8 patient cases for all of Day #2, from 15 months old to 70 years old.

We had an important conversation about the overwhelming benefits of crawling on hands and knees, and how important this skill is to painfree, grounded, postural development and walking as we age. This skill (at any age, really) brings sensory attention to all of our bases of support (right and left, front and back), helps to use and to integrate primitive tonic neck reflexes, provides a sense of upper extremity self-referencing on the maturation of cephalic-caudal independence, allows us to feel a grounded sense of gravtiy in a primitive form of forward locomotor movement, AND to explore our worlds from a new visual persepctive for cognitive processing!  And that’s only one of the 10 milestones we recognized.

A couple of the attendees came up to me and said, “As you were talking, I was writing patients names down because this course applies to so many of them”. We might not be crawling for locomotion as adults, but as we are cleaning out a bottom cabinet, gardening on hands and knees, pushing a grocery cart in the grocery store, rolling over in bed, lowering ourselves to play with our pets or children, or walking upstairs (or downstairs backwards – WHAT?), we are using the skills that were hopefully laid down in the developmental years. If these skills were not wired developmentally, or if an injury or insult changed that developmental fortification, there’s a good chance one might be pursuing PT, which is why your patients might be in your clinic. This course was created to help us all better understand these cross-referenced connections for better patient outcomes.

I hope to see you in one of 2 live stream offerings in January or September of 2024, or maybe I’ll get to shake your hand in person in Malvern PA in April. Thanks again to the fine folks at Alpine PT, and to everyone who attended, nodded, questioned, and participated. Your presence was enriching to me and to the group’s learning. I appreciate you all!

Posted November 30, 2023 at 3:41PM by
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**Be at the Forefront of Postural Restoration in New York City!**

FuncPhysio Physical Therapy, a Postural Restoration Center in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, is on an exciting journey to expand our interdisciplinary network. We are looking for a passionate and skilled physical therapist who wants to dive into the world of Postural Restoration. If you have a strong background or a keen interest in this field and are driven to make an impact in patient care, you're the perfect fit for our team!

**FuncPhysio**
- **one-on-one care:** Join a practice where you can spend one-on-one care with a patient for 60min. Use your knowledge and skills and integrate holistic treatment to provide personalized care.
- **Expanding Networks:** Be a key player in expanding our Postural Restoration Integrated (PRI) network, connecting with dentists, optometrists, and other PRI professionals.
- **Community Impact:** Have the opportunity to make a difference in the community with PRI.

**Position Summary:**
We are seeking a dynamic and motivated clinician who is passionate about employing Postural Restoration principles in our practice. Our ideal candidate is someone who has a deep passion for helping patients, is eager to learn and excel in this specialized area, and is enthusiastic about growing professional networks within the community. 


**Position Offer:**
A full-time (or part-time, if preferred) role. You'll play a vital part in creating and nurturing interdisciplinary networks in the bustling community of New York City.


**If you are interested in** We are excited to meet you! Please send your resume to y.takada@funcphysio.com

Our website: www.funcphysio.com

Posted November 23, 2023 at 8:02PM by

In the middle of the hustling pace of mid-town Manhattan off of Madison Ave. is a health oasis called "Mocean" and is the location of last week's Cervical Revolution. The facility is as modern and up-to-date of any I have ever seen and it was a pleasure to work with a wide range of professionals from physical therapy, chiropractic and strength and conditioning movement specialists.


Cervical Revolution is the course that is the gateway from the primary courses, especially Postural Respiration, to the cranium. Through the anterior neck flows airway, blood flow, food, sound and especially translational movement of the jaw and rotation of the cranium. There is lymph flow, CSF flow, nerve flow including autonomics, motor control and somatic sense inside the spinal column as well as outside of it. The ability to turn a neck is essential for upright human evolution and existence, and when rotational transverse plane is lost, a functional "de-evolution" results.


Since Cervical Revolution is a secondary course, having a primary course foundation is critical especially when the dominant pattern and position of the cervical spine and cranium is essentially "right stance".  In the primary courses it is much easier to see patterns and position in the pelvis and rib cage that dictates sacrum and sternum position. In this course, since it is harder to see obvious movement in the cranium or the position of cranial bones like the sphenoid and temporal bones via vectors of stress over time driven by atlas underneath an occipital bone, the basic concepts of atlas/occipital patterns and position were described in detail repetitively to provide a basic and sound foundation. Once  this  sound foundation of atlas under occipital bone, driving sphenoid position and temporal bone rhythm, directing mandible position is established, cranial torsion as a patho-mechanical presentation can be introduced with testing and treatment.


This course is also a gateway into the occlusal system and how position of jaw and bite influence not only the cranium and neck but the entire "stomatognathic" system as well. Atlas and occiput are the main neuro-articulation that are defined as the position of those two bones drives not only cranium and jaw but has an effect on the entire system.

This group of students was really sharp and had some of the best questions that helped inform and teach the entire group. There was plenty of time for lab and demonstration and the basics of this course were reinforced over the entire weekend.


Big shout out to Joe Giangrasso for being my tour guide and subway guru. Not only that, but it was Joe, Mike Zhao, Liz Cash who enthusiastically promoted the course and showed up with their "A" game of attention and participation. Thank you to Emily for coming out from Texas, Alex from Chicago but most especially Lenny from London and Wing Ho from Hong Kong! Wing Ho flew in the day before, flying coach, for 15 hours! Huge shout out to Aleena for being our lab assistant. She is a fire ball of energy and PRI knowledge and is a pleasure to know and have as support staff for any course. Thank you especially to Josh Park for hosting PRI at Mocean!

Posted October 31, 2023 at 1:19PM by
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