Posts by Jesse Ham

CMP, PRC, PRI Faculty Member

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
Categories: Courses

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
Categories: Courses

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
Categories: Courses Website

Just enjoyed a beautiful weekend in Everett, WA working with a dynamic group of movement scientists at ATI Physical Therapy on the triplanar lumbo-sacro-pubo-femoral dynamics that encompasses Pelvis Restoration. Host PT's Jenifer Rhodes, Alexa Degel, Christopher Nicholson, Ashley Fulkerson along with excellent lab assist from PT, PRC Zach Hawthorne made for a tremendous learning environment, and we had a brief Betsy Baker Bold sighting!

This group took Pelvis Restoration in stride, engaging in discussions about theory, exercise technique prescription, integration and application of PRI to ADL's, strength training and high level dynamic stability of sports from bicycling to Cirque du Soleil endeavours. Thank you Ricky Morant, James Matson, Phillip Wehrman, Erin Bremond, Andrew Dingwall and Kaitlyn McNamara for your assistance with demonstration of various exercise techniques and principles of Pelvis Restoration. Excellent work Kate Johnson on the hands team, Julianne Clark for the posterior cranial vision showcase, Sam Briend and Lea Bell for your inquisitive and insightful addition to the class. Tina Mclean earned furthest travel honor and was a joyful contributor to discussion about clinical application during case studies as well!

Thank you to each from a very enthusiastic group who came to the Puget Sound area to enjoy Pelvis Restoration!

No fools this April weekend! Just returned from a trip to the Metroplex of Texas and enjoyed a weekend with some friends from northern Texas to speak to a predominantly first time PRI crowd about the big science of acetabulofemoral and femoralacetabular movement as a part of lumbo-pelvic-femoral movement.

This group of scientists was as hospitable as they get, with representatives from stateside physiotherapists like Dana Martin, ATC students like Patrick Ebke, school coaches like Mario Saldivar, strength coaches like Justin Roach, PT/ATC's like Stephen Laplante, PTA's like Lindsey Wheeler and ATC's like Yoshimi Toguchi to name a few. We broke down the notion of strength as a function of triplanar neuromechanical position first and discussed the need to be aware of AF pathology, and how to do so. More importantly, we had good lab and detailed case study sample discussions about the application of our coursework to clients from all fields. Thank you Miles McGriff for the excellent discussion about integrating the science of PRI in a respectful, professional fashion among the multiple disciplines this science spans. Thank you Kelli Cutshall and Stephanie Hill, the giggle sisters, for keeping attentive and lively throughout the course.

Thank you Adrian "Commander" Pettaway, James "TSA" Edwards and Tim Garland for being willing participants during discussions and commentary. Tandra Langford, your founded PRI science clinical questions added depth to the discussion, Laura Paley and Steven Coppolecchia you were invaluable in assisting our course by serving as examples during lab time.

Finally, thank you Charles in charge Ferruzza, Jared Whitmire and the EXOS team for your time and effort in hosting the course in the "everything's big in Texas" facility. Beautiful!

Thanks again for a great weekend!

Thank you to the warm and gracious Therapydia team of Michelle Cotter PT, DPT, Joe Cicinelli PT, DPT, PRC, Kimberly Parker, PT, Andy Tsui, PT and Sian Smale, PT, and tour guide extraordinaire as well as all who came out to Saint Francis (San Francisco) this past weekend for Pelvis Restoration! What an engaging group of movement scientists I was able to relate with to teach pubosacral statics and dynamics this weekend. We discussed how to use objective tests to identify and establish a position and plan of care for patients requiring inhibition and facilitation to rectify overlengthened or overshortened components of polyarticular chains of muscle affecting pelvis position. Thanks Joe Cicinelli, PT, DPT, PRC for the engaging questions and lab assist during the course as well as great conversation during and after, thanks Gabe Metzger, PT for keeping the lid on the cranium after soaking this stuff up. Great, well-rounded group of newbies, "couplers" and a few seasoned vets filling in gaps. My hero of the weekend was Grace Lucuab, DPT for bringing her Hesch Institute articulating mini-pelvis into the fold, as this instructor has looked high and low for an option like this one to offer to participants in the future! Sweet! Thanks Nhon Lam, DC, was a steady contributor with excellent discussion topics, Khan Vy, CSCS for your straight-forward pragmatism, and Scott Williams, PT, for being ready to throw down and integrate Pelvis immediately after returning to clinic! So many more in a great group of contributors, thanks to each of you! We laughed a bit as we learned 'dead people move differently,' the value of taking the stick out of the spokes (inhibit) before starting to ride, and that reading is optional! Thank you San Francisco for the journey this weekend, you left an indelible mark on your instructor.

Posted February 15, 2017 at 8:46PM

Last weekend I had the pleasure of teaching Pelvis Restoration to an engaged group of movement scientists from a wide variety of settings who converged in Bethesda to enjoy a weekend of learning about the dynamics of pelvis movement, function and performance. Many thanks to Haim Hechtmann for keeping an eye out to ensure that Point Performance was up and running, to Alison Haynes and Daniel Rodrigues for their diligence with the behind the scenes action of host site duties and to Louise Kelley for being a gracious host coordinator to us all amidst her daughter's state championship field hockey weekend! Great host, great field hockey fan and great mom as well!

This instructor enjoyed the intense attention and energy paid by first PRI course attendees including Jill Tender, Sebi Varghese, James Murphy, Nicholas Deacon, Stephanie Currey among others as well as the highly integrated discussions of pubosacral dynamics initiated by Nicholas Jan, Julie Shein, Zachary Cohen, Eileen Kokosinski and 2016 PRC applicant Joshua Funk. I appreciate the energy, effort and assistance of Clarisse Labor and Nicholas Deacon who provided us with their effort during technique demonstration for management of PEC and the always underlying Left AIC patterned movers as the course progressed. Louise Kelley was her usual subtle, but effective leader in the crowd during discussions and lab demonstrations, enabling a lively group to engage in the learning process to the fullest--thank you again Louise!

As is the case so very often, I leave Point Performance refreshed and excited about the future of the application of the science of PRI. Thank you each for your contribution to this weekend's Pelvis Restoration learning event--what a blast!

Posted November 17, 2016 at 2:56PM

Fresh off of a weekend in Big Sky Country of western Montana! I thoroughly enjoyed the countryside and the crew that assembled to learn about triplanar AF hole control! Thank you gracious hosts Angie Robertson, Dale Koch and St. Peter's Physical Therapy for your efforts to make a great weekend of learning possible. I enjoyed this group of movement scientists, many of whom were new to the arena of PRI, as we discussed acetabulofemoral and femoroacetabular mechanics for neuro patients, high level competitive athletes and industrial athletes alike. We enjoyed a lively discussion about integration of known principles of rehab with PRI paradigm of retraining a system of movement with specific attention to identifying pathologies and applying PRI treatment paradigms to rectify them. Thank you Susan "NC" Fain and Rob "Blue Shirt" Gillespie for keeping the instructor on his toes, thank you Bob Sahli and Meg Zimmer for integrating with the group on multiple fronts. Thanks Lindsey Flint, Aric Thorne-Thomsen, Dale and Patient Paul Mann for helping model demonstration of testing and treatment techniques during lab. Stephen Dobelbower provided the coolest name to say and some great dialogue as well. So many engaging clinicians determined to learn how identify asymmetry, facilitate and integrate--thanks again Montana Myokin crew!

Posted September 23, 2016 at 3:17PM
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