Posts by Jennifer Platt

Holly Spence, PT, PRC presented earlier this month at the OBI Bioesthetic Dentistry Annual Session in New York City. Holly presented alongside Gayle Myers, MD and Dara Chira, DMD. Their interdisciplinary presentation was titled "Adjunctive Therapy to Joint Stabilization and Splint Design". Within her presentation, Holly introduced the attendees to PRI concepts of asymmetry, the relationship between proper respiratory mechanics, its influence on forward head position and centric relation of the TM joint from a PRI perspective. In the first part of their presentation, they introduced what they each do, followed by their assessment methods and when they know to refer to each other, and they concluded with case studies to demonstrate how they treat patients in an integrative fashion. CLICK HERE to view Holly's portion of the presentation. Thanks Holly for sharing your interdisciplinary story with this dental group. I am sure you helped inspire the attendees to look at building an interdisciplinary team!

Posted October 16, 2017 at 4:47PM

“Innovations in Spinal Deformities and Postural Disorders” was just released on September 27th. We are so proud of Susan Henning, Jean Massé and Lisa Mangino from Advance Physical Therapy in Chapel Hill, NC, who spent countless hours summarizing their clinical experience utilizing Postural Restoration® with scoliosis and other spinal dysfunctions! Chapter 7 titled “Postural Restoration: A Tri-Planar Asymmetrical Framework for Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Scoliosis and Other Spinal Dysfunctions” is sure to be a popular reference for all PRI professionals who work with patients or clients with curvature of the spine.

I had a chance to get a little more information on Susan’s path of learning and teaching about scoliosis. She began her dive into and interest in scoliosis after attending the Advanced Integration course over 10 years ago, and shortly after she attended a Schroth Method course which expanded her focus and insight into working with that population. In 2014, Susan presented at our Annual Interdisciplinary Integration, where her presentation focused on the similarities of the Schroth and Postural Restoration® methodologies.  While attending the International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) meeting in 2016, Susan was introduced to Josette Bettany-Saltikov, PT, PhD, and she had the opportunity to introduce her to some of the PRI concepts. Josette began writing “Innovations in Spinal Deformities and Postural Disorders” with Dr. Sanja Schreiber and they asked Susan to contribute a chapter on Postural Restoration®. After the abstract for the book was accepted, Susan brought her colleagues Jean and Lisa on board to help write the chapter. They ended up finishing it in only 6 months! We are so thankful for all of the hard work they all put into making this chapter a reality.

We are also excited to have Susan, Jean and Lisa teaching the scoliosis section (day 4) of the Advanced Integration course this year, and in future years. If you are working with patients who have scoliosis, be sure to check out this chapter, and register for the Advanced Integration course! Their expertise of curvatures of the spine will provide course attendees with new material on treatment for non-pathological and pathological scoliosis curves, juvenile kyphosis and torticollis.

Posted October 10, 2017 at 3:07PM
Categories: Articles Books

We are excited to announce the release of our newest Myokinematic Restoration online home study course! Ron Hruska, MPA, PT is the instructor for the newest version of this course, which has over 15 hours of content. Over the past year, our faculty and staff worked together to update the structure and flow of this course. The core material has not changed, however the layout of the course manual and how the material is presented has been updated based on your feedback. More detailed treatment algorithms for non-pathological Left AIC and pathological Left AIC patterned individuals are now included, along with Myokinematic Restoration Inhibition program considerations. We hope you enjoy the update!

If you completed the Myokinematic Restoration online home study course between January 1, 2017 and August 1, 2017, we would like to offer you 2 weeks complimentary access to this newer version. Please contact us to receive your complimentary access (you will not receive additional CEUs).  

Register

Posted August 7, 2017 at 3:24PM
Categories: Courses Videos

As we approach the upcoming application deadline for our Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) credentialing program, we are excited to announce that we have added additional eligible certifications. PRT credentialing was established in 2011 for Athletic Trainers (with Certification through the BOC), Strength and Conditioning Coaches (with CSCS Certification through the NSCA or SCCC Certification through the CSCCa) 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.

Annually, the PRI Board of Directors reviews certifications, evaluating their post-secondary education requirements, scope of practice standards, and continuing education requirements, in consideration for eligibility for our PRT credentialing program. Two years ago, Athletic Therapists (with Certification through the CATA) were added to the list of eligible candidates. Now eligible to apply for PRT: Certified Exercise Physiologists, Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologists, and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists (with Certification through the ACSM).

Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) applications are due annually on October 15th, and our next testing program will take place on January 8-9th, following the Impingement & Instability course in Lincoln. If you have any questions about the PRT application or testing process, please contact Jen.

Posted August 4, 2017 at 7:33PM

Ron Hruska will be presenting at the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD) Annual Meeting pre-conference workshop in Puerto Rico, on September 13, 2017. The pre-conference workshop titled "A Collaborative Approach to Restoration of Airway, Posture and Breathing" will include Greg Johnson, Brad Gilden and Ron Hruska.

Synopsis of Ron's Workshop Presentation (4 Hours)
Pharyngeal airway volume, facial-skeletal asymmetries, maxillary or mandibular retrognathic occlusion and cranio-verticality usually correspond with functional patterns of prevalent lateral vertical cervical posture, lateral biased forward cervical posture and lateral trusive mandibular passive rest position and functional activity. A review of the literature will result in very little evidence suggesting that these prevalent patterns of hemi-diaphragmatic respiration, unilateral function of the cranium, mandible and cervical complex can contribute to overall airway, oro-pharyngeal, or cranial expansion. Yet the evidence of predominance and prevalence of unilateral cervical dysfunction, thoracic curvature of the spine (scoliosis) and eye dominance as related to temporal mandibular dysfunction and pain is overwhelming.

Based on his experience working directly with dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, speech therapists, audiologists, physical and occupational therapists, athletic trainers and strength and conditioning specialists over the last 27 years, he will share his observations and treatment intervention recommendations as they relate to patients who are experiencing symptoms related to predictable and prevalent integrated thoracic, cervical and cranial lateralized function and torsion. An overview of cervical position will be given as it relates to the most common patterns of the cranium and mandibular function. Guidelines implementing the dentist, physical or occupational therapist, and possibly optometrist will be provided to establish acceptable maxillary and mandibular myosseous and occlusal function. Osteopathic considerations and concepts will help support the foundation for this integrative model that is presently being implemented by many nationally and internationally Postural Restoration Institute® educated health care professionals and dentists.

CLICK HERE for more information on the AAPMD Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico. If you are interested in attending this pre-conference workshop, anybody that signs up for the pre-conference will receive $150 off the conference fee. The discount code is: WORKSHOP

Posted July 26, 2017 at 6:53PM

Summer is nearly half over, which means Fall is quickly approaching, and PRC applications will be due soon! Reminder that the Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) credentialing program deadline is September 15th. The PRC credentialing program is limited to the first 30 applicants each year. Two copies of each application (including full text of the articles used in the article review portion) must be mailed to PRI, and received no later than September 15th to be considered for testing this December. Please be sure that all items on the PRC application checklist are submitted. Please note that the PRC application is updated each year, so please print the most up to date application. To print an application, CLICK HERE!

PRC testing is scheduled for December 11-12th (following the four day Advanced Integration course) in Lincoln, NE.

*International clinicians who are interested in applying should contact me ASAP, as additional educational information must be submitted by August 1st (extended from July 15th) for review and approval by the PRI Board of Directors to determine eligibility for the PRC credentialing program.

Are you planning to apply this year? If so, please let me know! Also, if you are preparing your application, and have any questions, please call or email me!

Posted July 18, 2017 at 2:14PM

We are excited to announce and congratulate our second Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) Class in 2017! This was our first summer testing date, and we plan to offer this every three years, in addition to the annual January testing program. 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, five gentleman earned the designation of Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Gibbie Duval 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 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 46 PRT professionals throughout the U.S and Internationally.

PRT credentialed athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches 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.

Congratulations!

Pictured below from left to right: (Back Row) Jonathan Rowe, Gibbie Duval, Sean Light; (Front Row) Ron Hruska, Yusuke Nakayama, Jonathan Lam, Jennifer Platt and Joshua Ogden

Posted June 27, 2017 at 2:36PM

Josh Olinick emailed this document titled “Desired PRI Clinical Application for Integrated Gait Progression Activities: Facilitating Right Brachial Inhale and Left Brachial Exhale During Left Stance”. Ron and I had a chance to go through this with Josh, and we love what he has put together. Ron is looking forward to discussing this document further at the Advanced Integration course in December!

Foreword from Josh:

I should start with the disclaimer that this was not my idea.  I was talking with James Anderson a few years back and he suggested that I try taking the article he wrote on left AIC inhibition/ delay and modify for the brachial chains.  I took a quick stab at it then, but wasn’t really happy with what I had come up with.  At that time, I was over loaded by opening a new clinic and couldn’t commit the time needed, but the idea kept running around in my head.  I had some time this year to write it out.  I think what makes the Myokin content more easily understandable is that a human is either in right stance or left stance, and they are either in a Left AIC pattern or a Right AIC pattern (without compensations like a PEC).  But the brachial chains seemed more complicated to me because they were more directly related to phase of respiration.  Bramble and Carrier showed that humans differ from other animals in that they can take up to 6 steps per breath while running.  This suggests that respiratory influence on the AIC and stance phase is more easily overridden than in the brachial chain.  So rather than focusing on individual chain inhibitory musculature like James did in his article, I decided to take a step back and consider what a patient in a right brachial chain pattern needs during Left stance in a Right AIC pattern.  Well, the easy answer that is taught in the Postural Respiration course is “Right Trunk Rotation”.  The thing I kept running into though is that position of the trunk is dynamic during stance phase and that respiratory phase is independent of that.  The more complete answer I came to is that in early left stance the right trunk needs to be more open (sooner) to reduce “listing” onto the left LE, thus the right chest wall needs to have a more inhaled state.  Whereas in late left stance, the left trunk needs to remain closed (longer) to allow a right heel contact without premature compression of the Right rib cage (i.e. keeping the left rib cage exhaled longer).  This idea is similar to James’ work on inhibition and delay in that the patient needs to get their left ZOA sooner (while the right upper trunk is rotated to the left) and keep it longer (while the right upper trunk is rotating towards the right – regardless of phase of breathing).  Hopefully this can help others in activity choice during different phases of their patients plan of care!

Read the article HERE.

Posted June 16, 2017 at 6:13PM

This past week, at our Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium, we presented the PRI Director’s Dedication Award to two very deserving women who have had a tremendous impact on our Institute; Lori Thomsen and Jennifer Poulin. The PRI Director’s Dedication Award was established by the Board of Directors (Ron Hruska, Janie Ebmeier, Jennifer Platt and Bobbie Rappl) 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); and Michal Niedzielski (December 2015). An award recognition plaque is currently being designed and constructed, and will be displayed at the Postural Restoration Institute®, recognizing each of the PRI Directors Dedication Award recipients.

Lori Thomsen graduated in 1995 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with her Masters in Physical Therapy. She was first introduced to PRI while working at RiverView Health in Crookston, MN in 2003. Lori was a member of the 2005 Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) class. Lori spent countless hours with Ron Hruska helping to organize and structure the Pelvis Restoration course, and joined the PRI faculty to begin teaching this course in 2010. Lori is a teacher at heart, both with her patients as well as colleagues in her PRI courses. You will see this demonstrated in the many videos, articles and blogs she has created over the years.

Jen Poulin graduated in 1991 from the University of Vermont with her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy. She attended her first PRI course (Protonics) in Burlington, VT in 2001. Jen and her husband Chris opened Poulin Performance and Rehabilitation in Burlington, VT in 2002. Jen was also a member of the 2005 Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) class. In 2012, Jen and her family moved to Southern Pines, NC and opened Sandhills Sports Performance, where their staff continues to grow, as they mentor them with PRI. After expressing her interest in teaching PRI to Ron, Jen joined the PRI faculty in 2009, teaching Myokinematic Restoration, and Pelvis Restoration beginning in 2013.

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

Posted April 28, 2017 at 3:18PM
Categories: Clinicians

We are less than 2 months away from the Postural Restoration Trained™(PRT) application deadline for the first ever summer testing date. As we announced this past summer, we are now offering a summer testing date once every 3 years, to help accomodate several Athletic Trainers and Strength and Conditioning Coaches who have expressed an interest in completing the PRT credentialing program, but due to the schedule of the teams that they work with, they are unable to get away to attend the annual testing date in January.

PRT applications for the summer testing date are due on March 15th, and testing will take place on June 23-24th at the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska. Please note that there will not be an Impingement & Instability course offered in conjunction with this testing date, therefore all applicants will need to take this required course elsewhere prior to testing.  

Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) is a credential available to Athletic Trainers (with Certification through the BOC), Athletic Therapists (with Certification through the CATA) and Strength and Conditioning Coaches (with CSCS Certification through the NSCA or SCCC Certification through the CSCCa). For more information on the course requirements and to download the application, CLICK HERE!

If you are planning to apply for PRT, and have any questions, please email me!

Posted January 29, 2017 at 4:00PM
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