Posts by Jesse Ham

CMP, PRC, PRI Faculty Member

Just returned from a trip to the beautiful bay area in Oakland, with gracious hosts Tim Appleford and Naomi Schambelan at Lafayette Physical Therapy. Thank you so much Tim, Naomi and your team for working through unpredictable variables to allow what turned out to be a tremendous course!

From the start, this crowd of diverse movement scientists from a variety of professions proved they were dialed into the science of PRI and Pelvis Restoration. We had a series of great discussions regarding the theory, science and rationale for why frontal plane control of the inlet and outlet of the pelvis is important for integrating a triplanar system together and developing patterns to oppose one of three categories of patterns that often lead clients to us in our varied settings.

Our lab demonstration and interactive discussion about eight special tests to assess pelvis position and specific need for intervention was a joy for this instructor and for our ace lab assistant, Taylor Lewis. Sam Eisenberg, George Cuevas, Naomi Schambelan, Drew Yoder, Shuan Buchanan and Sura Choi among others were champs, helping with lab demonstrations of special tests and with demonstrations of how and when to utilize PRI techniques in designing individualized programs. I appreciated John Ursone, Marisa Gulizia and others for your on-point questions about PRI the science, particularly with regard to application. Thank you Robert “Luceeeente,” Crystal Palmer and really the whole gang for your senses of humor and keeping the positive flow throughout the course.

Thanks again Lafayette crew. This weekend was a celebration of learners and functional movement science—what a blast!

Posted August 15, 2018 at 4:47PM
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Hey PRI Nation!

This past weekend I had the pleasure of enjoying teaching Myokinematic Restoration at Indiana State University. Cody Inskeep, ATC who I met originally at a Pelvis Course in Seattle invited PRI back to his stomping grounds in Indiana, and I am very glad he did! This weekend's course was one involving learning on all fronts. We learned about muscles that move an acetabulum over a femur on one side compared to the other in the femoro-acetabular-ilio-sacro-pubic ring of bones and joints that affect position, balance normal asymmetry and allow us to optimize our gait and respiration. We touched on the fact that integration will involve muscular control of this pelvic ring to control both acetabulum and femur, what muscles in what position will assist in this venture, and toward the end of lab and lecture we discussed what we might consider learning if patients still have residual components of symptoms after acetabulo-femoral and femoral-acetabular lateralized control is established. This group was motivated and dynamic, attending for as many reasons as there were clinicians. Thanks Aaron Ford, DC and Canaan McClure for your story about why you attended your first course--a reference to PRI in a book by author Kate Bowler who noted PRI was the reason she could now fully function after a long span of ADL limitation, avoiding scheduled bilateral first rib removal. Thank you Sharon Wellbrook, DC and Tim Demchak, ATC for taking a weekend to learn principles of PRI that you can reference and teach your students in your respective learning institutions. Thank you Denny Wongosari, ATC, LMT among others for coming to learning functional strategies to allow your athletes to better perform. It was my pleasure working with all of these movement professionals as we worked to integrate Myokinematic tests, clinical reasoning and treatment strategies into their respective practices. Thank you Robert Pawlak for recognizing and initiating PRI science into your soon-to-be Orthopedic Surgery practice. Each of your stories encouraged this clinician-first faculty member with regard to the future of integrated medicine. Bravo!

 Thoroughly enjoyed lab sessions where Kelly (Kelly) Brock, DAT, LAT, ATC, Tim "The Beautiful Mess" Demchack, ATC, Wendy "PS I Love You" Schmidt, OT, former SD native Cara "Caragami" Lemon, ATC, among multiple others helped me demonstrate, nonmanual and manual techniques as well as theoretical principles to the class.

As a bonus this weekend, I got to visit the statue devoted of one of the greatest basketball players to put on short shorts--Larry Bird. The statue commemorates the 1979 ISU team that faced Magic Johnson's MSU for the national championship game and was soul food for this old baller. Also interestingly, I learned that Larry played one game of college baseball that year in an effort to increase attendance at ISU's baseball games--and it worked, of course. Thanks again Cody for your time, energy and for your insightful insider information on ISU history and thanks to each participant for making this course a blast!

Posted May 10, 2018 at 2:35PM
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I returned this past weekend from a tremendous weekend of learning with an authentic group of learners in Colorado where Pelvis Restoration was on tap. I had the pleasure of being hosted once again by Jonathan Pope and his team at Train Rogue/Ethos Colorado Training Facility and I was reconnected with my friend Craig Deppershmidt, DPT, PRC as well as newly certified Karen Stillahn, PT, DPT, ATC, PRC who combined to provide a luxury PRC tag team during labs, much appreciated by all in the course. From LMT to OT to PT to DC to ATC to CSCS, this group of movement scientists brought it!

This course was packed with great discussions about LAIC and a bilateral AIC pattern that can lead us to using a PEC pattern to overstabilize a system that can lead to pain and/or pathology. We had thorough discussion of inlet and outlet function, urogenital diaphragm function related to position and relative order of operations for allowing anterior pelvic diaphragm function. We dove deep into how special tests correlate with one another to give a thorough, layered assessment of position, the pattern involved, compensation for said pattern, and pathology if present. From there, this group was keyed in on great clinical application of developing appropriate PRI facilitation programs to oppose the respective patterns identified, with inhibition components implemented when needed, with specificity attained with special tests. Pelvic and thoracic diaphragms were center stage.

We enjoyed a good discussion and lab series with case studies in the fold, with treatment appendix reference and application being the focus of discussion late. This group was engaged, focused, with great clinical questions and facilitation of discussion by Craig, Charles Fairbanks, Margaret Randolph, James Park and others. Thank you Kyler Crouse, Ellen Kindelsperger, Jonathan Pope, Sharon Petty, Nathan Olson and others for your time and assistance during lab demonstrations.

Thank you all for a weekend that flew by, so engaged with this lively, friendly group that I forgot to take any group pictures! Colorado intense! Thanks again to all.

Posted April 13, 2018 at 5:51PM
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Hello PRI family! I just returned from the great Northeast in Maine where I enjoyed teaching a Pelvis Restoration course with a diverse group of movement scientists from many professions.

Many thanks to the team at Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Physical Therapy for welcoming PRI into their beautiful clinic. Special thanks to Brian Bisson for leading the hosting effort and taking time to make my experience in fluid, top to bottom, so we could stay focused on restoring pelvis function. Thank you also for Michael Mullins, PTA, ATC, PRC for continuing to be an ambassador for the science of PRI in the Northeast and beyond, for putting me up and for the best scallops I've ever had! A+ for all hosts!

This course was filled with eager clinicians who were particularly interested in how to integrate a pelvis with a L AIC and/or a PEC overlay so their clients can return to full function and meet their functional and athletic goals. There was a good discussion and a long span of time taken demonstrating about how to reposition a PEC patient effectively from day one with focus on instant clinical application for a variety of settings. There were many with excellent questions about facilitation techniques and what muscles specifically are involved on which side and how each of said lengthened or shortened state muscle affects each quadrant of the inlet and the outlet--a very intuitive group!

Thank you Kyle Neagle DC, Amy McManus DPT, CSCS, Rick Sirois MS, LATC, CSCS, Sarah Coughlin LMT and others for your help with modeling patterns during lab demonstrations. What a thorough job this group did during lab demonstrations of both tests and techniques! Looking forward to seeing this group of learners in PRI circles for years to come, thanks to each for your attention and learning effort last weekend!

Posted March 30, 2018 at 5:40PM
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This past weekend I had the pleasure of returning to ATI Physical Therapy in beautiful Everett, WA just outside Seattle. Betsy Baker Bold has been serving PRI as a hub in the greater Seattle area for many years and we at PRI were once again welcomed into her clinic at ATI with open arms for a learning adventure, this time for Myokinematic Restoration. With Erin Rajca, DPT, PRC to assist with lab and Agnes as the backdrop screen for the projector, we had a high quality environment to take in some high quality PRI movement science. Meg Tyner, DPT, ATC, CSCS from New York earned the rockstar award for her ~3,000 mile journey to Seattle!

Matthew Krings, PT, Jaclyn Stoerzbach, DPT, Diane Wiggin, PT, and Stefanie Wren, PT among many others provided thorough and insightful questions regarding asymmetrical polyarticular chains of muscle and how to integrate these and other PRI principles into practice. Thank you Hollie Young, PT, Jonathan Losch, SPT, Michael Murphy, DPT, OCS Kyle LaLiberte, ACSM EP-C, Alexa Degel, DPT and others for your help during the various lab demonstrations of manual and non-manual techniques throughout the course designed to attenuate and balance normally asymmetrical laterality of an AIC pattern.

On Sunday morning we woke to what I understand to be a relatively large snowfall for the area. This group of attentive, enthusiastic learners not only arrived early, but stayed engaged throughout and added to course content with well-considered discussion throughout. This Instructor thoroughly enjoyed dialogue regarding origins of pathology due to compensatory patterns as well as discussions of what, when and how to address post-operative patients with the same symptoms before and after procedures using PRI principles for AF and FA movement.

Thank you again Betsy, Erin, Agnes and the whole crew I learned with this weekend--and Tuline Kinaci, ATC for reminding us all that our traits are as habituated as they are innate. Once again, Seattle wowed me.

Posted February 22, 2018 at 4:39PM
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Just returned from a visit to Anchorage, AK and a pleasant, engaged crowd at The Physical Therapy Place. This outsider felt as welcome as I could possibly be for a casserole-eatin' cat from the lower 48!

 Many thanks to Joy Backstrum, PT, PRC, and Katie Piraino, PT from the Physical Therapy Place, a PRC Center, for a delightful weekend that started before the course officially began with high quality music and highest quality people stirred up, ready to learn about the science of PRI. We enjoyed a host of discussions from this group of 2/3 new and 1/3 with varying histories of PR coursework as we journeyed through a lumbopelvicfemoral coursework with a room filled primarily with PT's, PTA's and personal trainers.

We discussed application of the principles of balanced asymmetry through lecture and lab time with acetabulofemoral and femoroacetabular neuromechanical positions, discussed functional laterality and how 'overly normal' individuals often times find their way into a clinical setting. A lively group with excellent attention to detail, we discussed the details of how special tests give information that allows the Myokinematic algorithm to guide treatment to an integrated state to allow laterality both right and left.

Thank you Alec and Jaclyn Levesque for your curious and objective assessment of the science of PRI, and congratulations in your new adventure with the most important job of your lives! Thank you Mary Ann Ghosn for the reasonable and rational questions throughout the course, to Owen Mandanas for your unique dental perspective and input. Thank you Dave Lyons and Fred "Not Dave" Lief, as well as Lauren Schritter, Corina Carlson, Jay Cherok among others for your help with lab demonstrations and illustrations throughout the course.

Thoroughly enjoyed my brief stint on the edge of the last frontier learning with all who attended! Thank you again Alaska crew!

Posted November 3, 2017 at 1:31PM

This past weekend I enjoyed, and loved, my time with nearly forty movement scientists in the city of brotherly love. I enjoyed having a tremendously diverse group of professionals, from personal trainers like Aven Johnson, OTR's like Wing Chin, Exercise Physiologists like Bryant Aguilar, Pilates Instructors like Susan Milosky, Inpatient Neuro PT's like Christopher Carroll, PTA's like Dustin Friesen, Associate Professor/ATC's like Nicole Cattano, and PT's like Matt Hinsey and Jessica Jennings. My time in Philadelphia and nearby suburb of Cherry Hill, NJ hosted by Jon Herting and TTR Performance was a great experience, my first at this location. Jon and his team allowed me to be dialed solely into the task of introducing nearly 30 PRI hatchlings to the science!

This weekend was especially unique because we were honored to have lab assistants Jon Herting as well as Takashi Onuki, MS, ATC, CSCS, PES, PRT, PRI coordinator in Japan and budding PRI Instructor. I had the opportunity to hang with this future faculty member and daddy of daughters who brought a great teacher's perspective that I was able to appreciate and learn from. Thanks Takashi!

Through this course, we discussed the normality of asymmetry, the group of "amigos" that we use to oppose a right lateralized system, with some great conversation and discussion via an interactive group of professionals about how to implement PRI principles from the "it's all neural all the time" hemiparesis client to the "it's game on all the time" competitive athlete setting. Thank you Elizabeth Young, Ken Guzzardo, Brian Dougherty, Ray Carr, Connor "CJ" Conway, Anthony Blubello, Tara Amato, Ryan Wolff and Courtney Pierre for your assistance with demonstration of PRI techniques and treatment strategies! You all made the course real! Thank you Zach Mitchell, Colin Kidwell and Rushi Shahiwala for keeping a steady flow of good questions for discussion flowing. Lastly, thank you "table Jay", Jennifer Bolster, Jimmy Jo among many others for enjoying a laugh here and there during the course.

Overall, much was learned, and much brotherly (and sisterly) love was doled this weekend. Thanks for everything Jon and the Philly crowd!

Posted October 5, 2017 at 1:57PM
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Just returned from the Sunshine State where I enjoyed a weekend with a warm group of mostly Floridian movement scientists discussing acetabular-femoral position's effect on laterality and the ability to enjoy balance in gait for the full gamut of athletes--seated to high flying. Thoroughly enjoyed the discussions about integrating PRI primary course principles into all populations, treating forwardly rotated coxal bones with triplanar effectiveness, and application of specific, appropriate techniques.

Thank you South Lake Hosptial's Lynn Rizzo for your energy and passion for a career rejuvenated with PRI principles to serve your patients better. Thank you Megan Bollinger for your first class lab assist and for the opportunity to meet your husband. Thank you Mary Jo Murphy for your engaging discussion regarding application of PR regarding compliance, to Hector Cabezas, Courtney "Co" Stearn and Bergi Dixon and Christian Marks for your engaging attitudes and questions throughout. Thanks Alphonso Jones, Jeff Banfield, Martin Ramiz and Will Zihlman for helping showcase particular neuromechanical patterned tendencies during our lab.

On a weekend where most participants had been through a couple weeks of significant change prior to and following Hurricane Irma, I felt nothing but welcomed by all course participants during a weekend that passed like a blink! Thanks Orlando, looking forward to PRI nation flourishing in your region!

Posted September 28, 2017 at 3:30PM
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Last weekend I had my first opportunity to speak to a group of movement professionals in the Behrakis Building at Northeastern University. Katie Delude and the team at Northeastern came highly regarded, and I learned why. Katie covered the lead role, Mike helped me with wifi codes and Kyle with integrating into the projector and sound. Thanks to the Northwestern team for pitching in!

This weekend was a rather large group of folks ranging from CSCS to LMT, to ATC to PT to SPT and strength coach, so I was blessed to have high quality lab instructors during our many lab sessions--hats off to Anita Furbush PT, PRC, Michael Mullin ATC, PTA, PRC and Donna Behr, DPT, PRC for giving us 'numbas' as instructors during lab. Great focus from both the class and the PRC instructors during lab time!

This weekend we discussed the inlet and outlet of the pelvis from many perspectives, the engineer and the welder perspectives in particular, as both have merit. "Best to be both" as contemporary movement science is concerned in relation to application integration of inlet and outlet position, stability and dynamic functional ability.

Thank you Benjamin Abbott, Sam Hammer, Edilio Flores, Payal Patel, Meghan Johnson, Adam "Slippery" Babcock, Katelyn Yerardi among others for their volunteering during various different components of lab time. Being able to watch and sense the course material makes the whole experience notably more effective on several fronts. To Michael Camporini, Joseph Erdos, Lori Rose and many others, thank you for your engaging, timely questions about varying components of the course as we covered rich content.

A lively group of engaging and passionate movement professionals made last weekend in Beantown at Northeastern noteworthy. High quality across the board!

"Two short days" in Denver, CO at Ethos Colorado Training Facility went by swiftly! Thank you Jonathan Pope and the Ethos team for graciously hosting our Lumbo-pelvic-femoral discussion and application lab. I thoroughly enjoyed my time introducing and helping to refine the implementation of PRI science to a sharp, articulate, interactive group of strength trainers like Stephanie Zoccatelli, massage therapists like Libby Tegeler, ATC's like Daniel Waterman, physical therapy assistants like Richard Johnson and physical therapists like Amanda Quanstrom.

Thank you Matt "Big Fish" Malloy, Brittany Marlow, Craig Weller, "Sir" Rachel Voyles, and Gentle Jason Bushie for assisting with lab demonstration. Thank you Amanda Quanstrom, Maria Kyong and Daniel Waterman for timely and apt questions to stimulate thought and flesh out details of AF and FA mobility, position and triplanar dynamics and functional implementation of acquired positions to oppose compensatory "tall truck" strategies.

Thoroughly enjoyed my time with this group of enthusiastic learners! Be well, and here's to "four...long...years" and then some, implementing your strategies with clients!

Posted May 25, 2017 at 3:53PM
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