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PRI Integration for Geriatrics - Salem Oregon. Jacob Mullin and his growing team at First Call were very generous hosts for yet another PRI course. Old familiar faces like Ben, Mellet, Eric and John welcomed me back again after being a part of the 6 or 7 year training history with this organization. I am grateful that I have had the long term opportunity to learn so much with and from such a great group of passionate professionals. I love getting together with you guys because I know we are always going to laugh, learn and grow together.

A big thank you to Tracey Blain for coming all the way from Anchorage, Alaska and to Valerie Chai for coming all the way from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Yes, Malaysia. Your commitment to learning gave the rest of us perspective as we selfishly considered how hard it might have been for us to get up out of bed and drive across town to attend this course. And thank you Tracey for being an excellent example for the rest of the class as you demonstrated one of my all-time favorite techniques, appendix page 13. Gotta love the concept of going right to "get left" as opposed to going left to "get left".

The new course title was a big hit for this group. The recent change to include the word "Geriatric" in the title and the words "Immobile, Frail and Chronic" in the subtitle really connected for the class. Many examples of using the material for immobile, frail or chronic populations were discussed and the adaptations made really good sense to the group. Loved all the integrated discussion and the constant reference to elements of and phases of the gait cycle. It was exciting for me to have such detailed biomechanical discussions about such frail, immobile or geriatric populations. Michael Ball, PT, PRC was one of the lab assistants and he had a really good experience with this affiliate course material. After diving into the course and assisting with the new tests and techniques, he reported, "This course goes well beyond just treating geriatric populations. The appendix is filled with so many great integrated techniques. I now have more techniques to help my patients that may not be able to tolerate traditional PRI training. The seated assessment techniques were very useful in integrating all components of the gait cycle." Thank you Michael and thank you Mellet. I couldn't have asked for 2 more capable and willing lab assistants. The class was better because of you two. And thank you to everyone in attendance for such great questions and feedback throughout the course. The group based dialogue we enjoyed and the restates of key concepts throughout the course really enhanced what we all learned and were able to take home from this course. Until my next trip to beautiful Salem Oregon.

Posted January 19, 2018 at 3:26PM
Categories: Courses

Palm trees and a Santa Ana breeze was a refreshing respite for those who traveled from the cold parts of the country to Velocity in Redondo Beach Jan. 13-14 for Postural Respiration. Interdisciplinary was a theme as this course had P.T.'s, ATC's, D.C.'s, a D.C. Student, a DDS and an M.D. affiliated with UCLA who wants to learn PRI as part of a research project for high risk pregnancy. There was an added bonus: Chad Moreau, D.C., CSCS, PRC, the only other chiropractor who is a PRC, attended as a lab assistant. This was also the first time having two Chiro PRC's in the same course! Chad is a quiet force who also is a strength and conditioning coach for the L.A. Kings.  His clinical expertise and insights to his approach with his athlete patients painted a picture of how to apply PRI to high level athletes.

In addition, Miguel Aragoncillo, CSCS, PRT came out from Boston to assist. He is a PRT and will be entering PT school in the fall.

Chad and Miguel made the weekend a success for all of the students.

First time attendees can all relate to how overwhelming a primary course paradigm shift can be. This group asked questions (Shout out to Locatelli, Allyse, Beth, Waleed and everyone else!) that helped clarify scapular/rib positioning and TS/ST movement. This is a challenging issue for everyone then adding Superior T-4 on Sunday further paradigm shifts the group into the pathomechanics of respiration and rib/spine rotation. Thanks so much to Misao Tanioka for facilitating this weekend. She anticipated every need of the students and really helped make the weekend run smoothly. In addition, this was her first course as well! Needless to say, I love L.A.!

Posted January 18, 2018 at 3:22PM
Categories: Courses

We are excited to announce and congratulate our Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) Class of 2018! PRT is the result of completing multiple advanced PRI courses, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRT application, and successfully participating in practical and analytical testing. This past weekend, four professionals earned the designation of Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Neil Rampe and Jennifer Platt.

The Postural Restoration Institute® established this credentialing process in 2011 as a way to recognize and identify 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 PRT credential is available to Certified Athletic Trainers, Certified Athletic Therapists, Exercise Physiologists and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists who have completed the course requirements, application and testing process. With the addition of this class, there are now 50 PRT professionals throughout the U.S and Internationally.

PRT credentialed athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches and exercise physiologists offer a unique approach to physical medicine and fitness called Postural Restoration®. This approach addresses underlying biomechanics which can often lead to symptoms of pain and dysfunction. All mechanical influences on the body that restrict movement and contribute to improper joint and muscle position are considered, examined, and assessed. Techniques are utilized to restore proper alignment of the body while proper respiratory dynamics are considered. Management encompasses prevention and lifetime integration for long-term successful outcomes.

View and download the photos here.

Congratulations!

Pictured below from left to right: (Back Row) Ron Hruska, Neil Rampe, Eric Menchi, Yoshi Mitsuyama,  (Front Row) Jessica Tidswell, Stephen DiLustro, Jennifer Platt

Posted January 12, 2018 at 10:01AM

COMING SOON:  PRIME Newsletter

As we look forward to what is to come in 2018 here at the Hruska Clinic's PRIME program have decided that we would love to be able to better Engage with our patients and referral sources and other people who may be interested in what is going on with our program.  So we have decided that we will be starting a newsletter that we will send out to update anyone who is interested. Our hope is to provide information on how our multi-disciplinary program works, what types of patients benefit, how we decide who would benefit from our program and some information on concepts and patterns that we see clinically.  If you are interested, see the PRIME website here for more information and to sign up for our newsletter. 

Posted January 12, 2018 at 9:17AM

Over lunch Ron and I were talking and I showed him an blog that PRT Miguel Aragoncillo wrote. We both loved the lessons that he learned and his thought processes. Read the blog HERE.

Posted January 5, 2018 at 1:42PM

We are proud to announce that the Hruska Clinic's Jason Masek will be presenting at the annual NSCA Coaches conference in Jan 2018. Click here for more information and details on the NSCA Coaches conference.

To read Jason's initial blog from the Hruska Clinic blog on this topic click here.

Posted December 27, 2017 at 9:29AM

The PRI office will be closed December 25 and 26th to celebrate Christmas with our friends and family, we will resume normal business hours on December 27th.

Posted December 22, 2017 at 3:37PM

We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) Class of 2017! 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. Fifteen Physical Therapists earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Lori Thomsen, Mike Cantrell, and Jennifer Platt earlier this week.

The Postural Restoration Institute established a 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. To date, 189 professionals have earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC).

To view the photo album click HERE.

Back Row (L to R): Michael Cantrell, Henry Lu, Tommy Conway, Michael DeMille, Will Waterman, Jason Miller, Anthony Iannarino, Kyle Babin,

Front Row (L to R): Ron Hruska, Karen Stillahn, Addie Holzmann, Alicia Ferriere, Michael Meurrier, Lesley Callaham, Jessica Thomas, Laurie Gribschaw, Shirly Rozenfeld, Lori Thomsen, Jennifer Platt

Posted December 19, 2017 at 3:19PM

This week, at our Annual Advanced Integration course, we presented the PRI Director’s Dedication Award to two very deserving people who have had a tremendous impact on our Institute; Kentaro (Kenny) Ishii and Sayuri (Sy) Abe-Hiraishi. The PRI Director’s Dedication Award was established by the Board of Directors in 2012 to recognize individuals’ ongoing dedication to their advancement in PRI.

Past PRI Director’s Dedication Award recipients include: Susan Henning and Joe Belding (December 2012); Kyndall Boyle and James Anderson (April 2014); Michael Cantrell (December 2014); Jason Masek (April 2015); Michal Niedzielski (December 2015); and Jennifer Poulin and Lori Thomsen (April 2017).

Kenny is currently employed by Sporting KC as their Head Athletic Trainer and Rehabilitation Coordinator.  Kenny took his first PRI course in 2009 and was a member of the first PRT class of 2012. Kenny encouraged us to consider expanding PRI into Japan, and he has played a large role in making it possible. He has translated and teaches Myokinematic Restoration and Postural Respiration and is currently translating Pelvis Restoration.

Sy is a faculty member at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She took her first course in 2012 and was a member of the PRT class of 2014.  She has also played a large role in getting PRI Japan established, including assisting Kenny with translation of the Japanese course manuals, and assisting with the development of the PRI Japan website.

Kenny and Sy taught the first course (Myokinematic Restoration) in Japan in July 2015. In 2016, they began teaching Postural Respiration, and will begin offering Pelvis Restoration in 2018.

Thank you Kenny and Sy for your ongoing dedication to the Postural Restoration Institute®, and congratulations on receiving the PRI Director’s Dedication Award!

Posted December 8, 2017 at 11:51AM

James and I recently taught the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement at a great Facility outside of DC in Frederick MD. A big thank you to Josh Funk and his staff at Rehab 2 Perform for hosting! It was an awesome weekend with a good mix of PRI experienced professionals and first timers. Thank you all who attended! We were able to introduce the science of PRI as well as the neurorespiratory mechanical relationships of core stabilization, rotational control, and breathing. Sagittal, frontal and transverse plane mechanics were broken down and key relationships were taught for movement analysis and proper execution with PRI activities.

This course wrapped up the 2017 schedule. I am very thankful for a great year and even more appreciative of the feedback and ability to learn from others every time we share this material! The Fitness and Movement course continues to evolve and improve. James and I are excited to launch some new content for 2018 including new PRI activities and improved programming recommendations. I wish all a blessed Holiday season! Thanks for the continual support and hope to see you at one of our courses in 2018! Happy Holidays!

Posted November 28, 2017 at 10:14AM
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