Posts by Dan Houglum

MSPT, ATC/L, PRC

As a PRI Instructor, it's not often we have the opportunity to have a true "home game," but that's what we had this weekend with Myokinemtic Restoration. I had the opportunity to teach and collaborate with a great group of individuals with diverse backgrounds in my home clinic. And, since it was a home game, it was great to collaborate with my co-worker, Donna Parise Byrne, PT, PRC. We had a fantastic discussion about the positional tests in PRI, and how to look at them differently now that we can find and appreciate the human asymmetry inherent in the L AIC pattern. We had the opportunity to find and feel muscles during the lab section, and we had a great demo regarding how to approach an individual who has a more of a PEC presentation than a L AIC presentation. We talked about there are times to be "Batman," and times to be "Bruce Wayne." We talked about our Internal Rotation Boy Band and why we need to keep the band together. And we talked about how the hamstring is the Gate Keeper of the Gait Cycle. My thanks to Zach Lloyd, Jayson Leisenring, and Elizabeth Manning for being our models for the course, and allowing us to learn from them. It was great to have my friend of 15 years, Rick Noelte, in attendance as well. And great questions and dialogue with Susan Rocchini, Erik Smith, Aaron Doering, Julia Glick, Hetal Patel, and Kim Greenstein. Everyone in the entire group had great questions, and it was a pleasure to have everyone at our "home game!"

Posted September 12, 2017 at 1:39PM

The Pacific Northwest was our host location for Myokinematic Restoration. What a gorgeous location and perfect weather we had in Everett, WA. Thanks to our host facility, ATI and Betsy Baker-Bold. We had a fantastic mix of individuals who were new to PRI, and those who have taken several PRI courses in the past. Not only that, but we had a great mix of fitness, strength, and rehab professionals, as well. I had never visited the Seattle area previously, and I was not disappointed. Thanks to Betsy, as well as Amy Malinowski and Chris Nicholson, who were kind enough to help in lab and show me some great places to eat. We spent a great deal of time exploring what makes us "Batman", and how to get more "Bruce Wayne" in our lives, as well as what it takes for us to get our "Boy Band" back together. And we were fortunate to have a lot of lab time so we could explore what it felt like to facilitate and, more importantly, inhibit polyarticular chains of muscles. My thanks to William Trujillo for letting us use him as my lab "volunteer." Thanks to Greg Lewerenz, Curtis Van Wyck, Xavier Williams, Sarah Black, Sarah Somers, and Julianne Clark for your great questions and keeping us on track. Great weekend!

Posted August 22, 2017 at 4:24PM
Categories: Courses

PRI Nation made our maiden voyage into the Milwaukee area last weekend! I felt very honored to be the one to introduce PRI to an area that, as I found out during the course, is very interested in learning more about the science of PRI. We had 27 attendees who were learning about PRI for the first time, which was a great thrill. A big shout out to Sarah Petrich, DPT, PRC, who made the drive in from Minneapolis to be my lab assistant for the weekend. She was a great help and kept us on track with timely questions to promote further dialogue and explanation, such as "why and how is a resistance band in PRI used for 'assistance' rather than 'resistance'?" Another huge "Thank You" to Allen Weeks, DPT, who was gracious enough to be one of our main models for demonstration purposes, and allowed us to see and feel what a 4/5 Hruska Adduction Lift test looked and felt like. He allowed at least 15 of us an opportunity to slide under his leg so we could feel and see what a solid 4/5 Adduction Lift Test felt like as an examiner. Another huge thanks to Aurora and Marquette University for hosting the course, and special thanks to Gina Black, DPT, for all of her help as well. It was so exciting to see first time attendees like Brandon Yoder, ATC, Chris Turner, PT, Eric Davis, PTA, Nate Hornung, DPT, Eric Stone, CSCS, Ike Ogata, ATC, and Mark Payares, DPT, ask great questions about the gait pattern and how to apply PRI in their environment, as well as experience their own asymmetrical human form. It was also very rewarding to see familiar faces like Kali Frantz, ATC, Julie Martin, ATC, Jenna Wooten, CSCS, Kate Bowers, ATC, and Tenshi Furumi, ATC, coming back to attend another PRI course. It was a great weekend of skeleton sheets, asymmetrical patterned movement behavior, comparing the gait cycle to an interstate interchange, and needing less "Batman" and more "Bruce Wayne" in our lives!

Posted June 12, 2017 at 4:47PM

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