Posts by Jennifer Platt

We are excited to announce that Gabe Adams, and his father Ron will be joining us at our annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium on Thursday, April 19th from 5:45-7pm for a “Conversational Presentation.” Gabe Adams was born in Brazil with Hanhart Syndrome, a genetic disorder, leaving him with no arms or legs. Adopted by his Utah family, Gabe is an amazing example of rising to the challenge. Despite his challenges, Gabe is an extremely independent 19 year old young man, and lives an amazingly “normal” life. He even made the dance teams at both Davis and Desert Hills High Schools. He recently graduated high school and has begun his career as a motivational speaker. James Anderson introduced us to Gabe a few weeks ago, and we knew right away that we wanted to meet this incredible young man and his parents. With our upcoming Symposium topic, “Postural Restriction: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Alignment of Functional Patterns”, we will have several speakers discussing neurological and soft tissue tension. After seeing Gabe move with very little tension or resistance placed on his body, including dancing, climbing stairs, and being so incredibly independent with daily life activities, we knew this would be a great opportunity for all of us to learn more about Gabe and how he navigates through life with his trunk, head and neck. There is no doubt Gabe’s story will inspire you, and the opportunity to meet and learn from Gabe about his movement patterns and how he has gotten to where he is today is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will not only impact your professional practice, but also your personal life.

To learn more about Gabe, please visit www.limbitlessgabe.com. A limited number of seats are still available for our Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium on April 19-20th in Lincoln, NE. CLICK HERE to register today!

Posted April 2, 2018 at 3:31PM
Categories: Courses

We recently received a copy of PRT Jessica Kisiel’s newly released book Winning The Injury Game – Alignment Strategies for Healing and Performance, and wanted to share the news with PRI Nation. Below are a few words from Jessica about her story and inspiration for writing the book.

“I was diagnosed with severe hip osteoarthritis (OA) at the peak of my professional mountain biking career. The devastating pain in my hip and back made it impossible for me to cycle comfortably. Upon receiving an orthopedic surgeon’s advice to prolong a hip replacement as long as possible, I set out to find an alternative path to healing. Winning the Injury Game tells the story of my journey from pain and desperation back to hope and competitive athletics. This book shares the lessons I learned as a patient and coach, providing a mix of personal and client experiences with professional knowledge. I am happy to say that I have not had that hip replacement, and I still enjoy playing a variety of sports. The aim of Winning the Injury Game is to help you to do the same. You can overcome your injury—and you can confidently return to pain-free activity for the long-term!”

Do you have patients or clients who want to learn more about their pain and the process of recovery from someone who has experienced what they are going through, and has an understanding of the importance of alignment, balance, wellness, and performance? If so, you should check out this personal and inspiring book, which includes many references to Postural Restoration®.

Jessica is offering a 10% discount to PRI providers, which can be purchased on her website The Pain Free Athlete, using the code PRI10 . PRI does not sell or benefit from the sale of this book.

Posted January 23, 2018 at 10:52PM

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 5:51PM

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
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