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As a result of the COVID-19 virus pandemic and having to cancel several recent and upcoming courses, we are excited to be offering our first LIVE STREAM course next month. PRI's first live stream course will be our Cervical Revolution course taught by Ron Hruska on April 18-19th. To keep the excitement going, we will then be hosting our newest secondary course, Cranial Resolution on May 16-17th. *As a reminder, completion of the Cervical Revolution course is required to register for the Cranial Resolution course, so if you are interested in attending the live stream Cranial Resolution course in May, but you have not yet taken the Cervical Revolution course, be sure to sign up for the April 18-19th live stream event.

We are working with our AV company to set this up so that these live stream courses will be engaging, interactive and include demonstration of objective testing and/or non-manual techniques, in addition to course attendees being able to ask questions throughout the course. All that’s needed on your end is reliable internet access, a webcam, microphone and speaker (or a smart phone can be used if you do not have a computer or laptop with this capability). The course manual will be shipped directly to you, and you can still participate in a live PRI course while adhering to social distancing recommendations within your own home or clinic.

Registration for the live stream courses will be available on our website later this week! The courses will take place from 8am-5pm CT each day, and certificates of completion/CE credit will be awarded the following week after completion of the course evaluation survey and short post-test. For more information on whether your state/organization is approved for CE approval, please visit our website. And, if you have any questions, please call us.

Do you have a group of colleagues interested in participating in a live stream course together? Just like we do with our home study courses, we will be offering group discounts. If you have 2-4 individuals interested in registering, you will each recieve 10% off, and if you have 5 or more individuals, you will each receive 15% off. Please call us for more information on registering with a group!

We are grateful to be living in a timeframe where virtual learning platforms like this are available, and we are really looking forward to the opportunity to engage with #PRINation from all across the globe during these live stream courses. Together, we will continue to "Trust the Process". 

Posted March 23, 2020 at 7:00PM
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"Watching individuals with Parkinson’s Disease participate in boxing when I spent time with Jennifer Smart in North Carolina last Fall, reminded me of the need for the human spirit to elongate appendages while concurrent body contraction occurs. The movement of flexing a shoulder as the elbow extends disengages the neck, momentarily and reflexively. It is art, it is personal, it is rhythmic and it is limited coordination done by someone, who for a moment, recognizes a functional beneficial event that required regaining balance from a floor the arm uses to “strike”. Beautiful un-timed imbalance followed by a timed balance act for regaining postural control, without needing or requiring tremor. Such a rewarding basal ganglia bi-hemispheric activity to watch, but more importantly to experience. Shortly after arriving back to Lincoln, I bought and hung a bag in our clinic. Now if I could just learn how to dance around the bag as it pushes me around when I punch it, as it punches me. I decided that it probably would be best to wait and listen to Kristy Rose Follmar, a former World Champion professional boxer, before I hurt myself."

-Ron Hruska

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Kristy Rose Follmar, ACSM, CPT, EIM is a 2003 graduate of Ball State University, with a degree in Telecommunications/Marketing and Sociology, a certified fitness professional and a retired World Champion professional boxer. Follmar was approached in 2006 by Rock Steady’s founder, former elected Indianapolis Prosecutor Scott Newman, to help build Rock Steady Boxing, a non-profit exercise program dedicated to help ease the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms.

Newman, a young on-set Parkinson’s sufferer, discovered that intense exercise using a non-contact boxing-style training regimen was slowing down the progression of his symptoms. Follmar understands through her experience as a professional athlete the benefits that boxing style training can bring to people with Parkinson’s in addition to Parkinson’s specific exercise.   

Kristy Rose Follmar is one of the architects of The Rock Steady Boxing Method, a curriculum that combats the physical and emotional effects of Parkinson’s. Follmar uses her experience of professional boxing and formal education in the fitness industry to design curriculums specific to varying levels of Parkinson’s disease.

Kristy’s presentation is titled “Rock Steady Boxing: The Fight Against Parkinson’s & Community-Based Medical Collaboratives”. This presentation will cover our history and an intro to Rock Steady: our story, our methodology and message of Hope to help people with Parkinson's Fight Back against their disease.  Also, a discussion about how Rock Steady has developed a community-based collaborative between local healthcare professionals and community-based Rock Steady programs.

If you have not registered for the 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium, be sure to register soon. The early registration rate of $525 ends on March 26th!

Posted March 10, 2020 at 4:10PM
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Jennifer Smart, DPT, PRC is the headliner for our 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium. This symposium topic came together as a result of the extraordinary work she has been doing with those managing Parkinson’s Disease in her community, and the engaging discussions she has had with Ron over the past couple years. Jen is a clinician at heart, but also one who is current with the research and medical advancements that have been made for those experiencing extrapyramidal symptoms.

Her growing interest in Parkinson’s Disease began around 2015 when her best friend was diagnosed. This was the year she completed the PRC credentialing program, and shortly after neurologist, Dr. Jay Alberts, published research showing how, when a person with PD rides on the back of a tandem that is being pedaled at a cadence of 80-90 RPM, a variety of their PD symptoms decrease. After dissecting the research, Jen bought a tandem bike, and her and her friend rode for over an hour 3 times a week at the specified cadence. Others with PD heard what they were doing, and she ended up getting several tandem bikes and set them up on stationary trainers at a local gym, where she coordinated having members of the local cycling community ride on the front to set the cadence while people with PD rode on the back. “Park’n Ride” was officially started as a non-profit in January 2015.

Based on the success of this cycling program, Jen has become a regional expert on Parkinson’s Disease, where individuals have moved to her small coastal town of Oriental, North Carolina after their diagnosis. She became certified in LSVT BIG, Parkinson’s Wellness and Recovery (PWR!) and Rock Steady Boxing, which are all evidence-based, Parkinson’s-specific programs. Jen has attended the Parkinson’s World Congress and has even volunteered for a week with Becky Farley, PT, PhD who developed LSVT BIG and PWR. In 2017, Jen received a grant from the National Parkinson’s Foundation to organize and run a two-day event, called the Parkinson’s Exercise Program (PEP) Retreat, which was designed to help both patients and medical providers better understand how to use exercise as an evidence-based treatment for PD.

In her own words, “What I have taken away from all of this training, from working extensively with this population, and from the currently exploding literature regarding the benefits of specific exercise programs for PD, is that, perhaps unknowingly, the components that make each of these treatment techniques so effective, are the components that are based on the science of PRI. People with PD, just like all of us, need to be able to rhythmically alternate, but their disease, or somewhere along their journey towards developing this disease, this ability to rhythmically alternate was compromised so they needed to develop involuntary tics, muscle spasms, tremors, restless legs, dystonia and/or postural changes to help them to get to the other side, to help them to alternate. This is now the message that I am trying to get across in both the prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s, and so many other, syndromes or diseases.”

Ron had the opportunity to spend a couple days with Jen in her hometown a few months ago, and had this to say about his experience, “Jennifer is probably one of the most, if not the most respected, individuals in this community. Everyone who lives there knows how much she cares about humanity in general, and how much she dedicates herself to each individual specific needs and limitations. Her compassion, her wealth of knowledge on Parkinson’s Disease, her multi-level of experience, and her successful outcomes are immediately recognized by anyone who observes her classes, talks to her patients or witnesses the respect wherever she goes in this community. I am humbled by all of this and my admiration for her selflessness is unsurpassed.”

Read more about Jen’s upcoming presentations at our 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration below:

An Overview of the Science of Movement Disorders as They Relate to Sensory Input and Autonomic-Driven Postural Compensations
This presentation will review various types of movement disorders, examining their association with each other and with other non-motor symptoms, which may appear independently or as prodromal symptoms for various movement disorder syndromes, such as Parkinson’s disease. Current theories as to the causes of movement disorders will be explored, including evidence supporting basal ganglia oscillatory dysfunction, how and why this dysfunction may occur and techniques that are being employed to influence it, including pharmacological, surgical (especially the use of deep brain and/or implanted spinal stimulation) and physical activity interventions. Emphasis will be placed on the evidence supporting how intrinsic oscillations are being altered by afferent stimulation.

Afferentation Techniques and How to Clinically Incorporate Them into the Treatment of Movement Disorders
This presentation will be more clinically applicable, providing information about the current, evidence-based programs that are being used for people with Movement Disorders, examining their common effective elements regarding the movements involved in the activity, the dosage (time and intensity) of the activity, and the auditory, visual and tactile cues that are being used during the activity.  Emphasis will be placed on using specific afferentation techniques during these activities in order to alter the need to use pathological postural compensations, or movement disorders, to create a sense of stability and/or a method of mobility.  

A Review of Perspective and Progression Influences on Treatment and Management of Patients with Parkinson’s Disease
In this presentation, Jennifer Smart and Ron Hruska will discuss treatment and management of patients with Parkinson’s Disease and review several cases in which they have had the opportunity to collaborate together. Management discussion will include group exercise application, in addition to individual rehabilitation considerations.

Posted March 5, 2020 at 5:33PM
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We are just a couple weeks away from the Postural Restoration Trained™(PRT) application deadline for summer testing. PRT summer testing is available once every 3 years to help accomodate 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, 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 July 17-18th 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), Strength and Conditioning Coaches (with CSCS Certification through the NSCA or SCCC Certification through the CSCCa, Certified Special Population Specialist (with CSPS Certification through the NSCA and completion of a Bachelor's degree or higher degree), and Exercise Physiologists (with Certification through the ACSM). 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 February 27, 2020 at 3:22PM

We are excited about the opportunity to be involved with the Breathe Hawaii 2020 Conference at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani on September 17-19, 2020! The Super Early Bird rate of $510 is available until February 28, 2020. Organized by Dr. Rosalba Courtney, this inaugural Breathing and Health Conference will bring together international leaders from the breathing world. They come from a range of health professions and have made important contributions and provide unique perspectives related to the role of breathing in therapy and in health. The goal of this multidisiplinary conference is to "Bring the Pieces Together" and raise awareness across professions of the importance of the work being done in the field of breathing health and to build multidisciplinary collaboration.

Rosalba and the other event organizers are bringing together a great group of multidisciplary speakers to present from the fields of physiotherapy, speech pathology, orofacial myology, dental medicine, pulmonary medicine, otolaryngology, and psychology. To view the full speaker list and schedule, click here! Ron Hruska will be presenting a workshop on day one titled "Top PRI Techniques for Establishing a Balanced ZOA", and he will also be presenting during the Postural and Musculoskeletal Issues and Breathing session on "The Diaphragm and its Effects on Posture, Movement, Breathing and Body Function".

We couldn't think of a better excuse to visit the beautiful beaches of Waikiki Beach! If you are interested in registering or learning more about the conference, please CLICK HERE!

You can also follow the Breathe Hawaii 2020 social media pages below for more information.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/breathehawaii2020
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/breathe_hawaii_conference/
Twitter https://twitter.com/2020Breathe

Posted January 15, 2020 at 4:00PM

We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) Class of 2019! PRC credentialing is the result of completing multiple advanced PRI courses, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participating in practical and analytical testing. This week, 14 clinicians earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Lori Thomsen, Jennifer Poulin, and Jennifer Platt earlier this week.

The Postural Restoration Institute established a certification process in 2004 as a way to recognize and identify those 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 PRC credentialing program is available to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and chiropractors who have attended PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participate in both clinical and analytical testing. To date, 215 professionals have earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC).

To view/download the photos click here.

PRC Class of 2019; Certification; Postural Restoration Institute

Back Row (from L to R): Jennifer Poulin, Eric Ley, Craig Stasio, Brian Coleman, Samantha Red Anderson, Laura Mills, Noelle Ekonomou, Brent Henderly
Front Row (from L to R): Ron Hruska, Maureen Moore, Rachel Rand Smith, Valerie Chai, Lisa Simmons, Carol Jacobs, Kazufumi Nishimura, Michelin Carroll, Jennifer Platt, Lori Thomsen

Posted December 12, 2019 at 4:24PM

Those of you who have been around for a while now hopefully recognize the family nature surrounding our Institute. Our faculty are like family to us, our credentialed providers are a family and quite honestly all of you, #PRINation, are one big family.

Families support one another, in any way possible. It’s for that reason that we want to share with you the fight that one of our closest family member’s is currently battling. On June 3rd, faculty member Jesse Ham’s daughter, Jenna, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoid Leukemia (ALL). She has spent much of the past two months at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls (5 hours from home). Jenna is a fighter and her faith is strong, as is the case for her entire family.

Please keep Jesse, Jenna and the entire Ham family in your thoughts and prayers. If you are interested in following Jenna’s story and her courageous fight with ALL, a Caringbridge page has been set up. In addition, a GoFundMe account has also been organized to help their family get through this battle which has presented several hurdles financially, if you feel the desire to help further.

Thank you #PRINation for being a part of our Institute’s family!

Posted July 25, 2019 at 4:37PM

This image popped up on my "Facebook Memories" this morning, and it was perfect timing because I was planning to do a post this week with some tips for preparing your application for PRC or PRT credentialing. Eight years ago, I was practicing full time as a PT at the Hruska Clinic. I began taking courses when I was still in PT school, had an awesome clinical instructor Lori Thomsen for one of my final clinical rotations, and landed my dream job after graduation at the Hruska Clinic. I was surrounded by the best mentors ever, yet I must admit that I was a little scared at the thought of completing the PRC application and testing. However, having been on both sides (a scared and nervous applicant 8 years ago, and now the Director of Education and Credentialing running the show), I want to take a moment to share some tips and more information to ease your anxiety about the process.

Top 3 tips for preparing your PRC or PRT application:


1. Set aside larger chunks of time to work on your application.
When I first started my application, I was working on it for a couple hours at a time in the evening, or when I had a patient cancellation during the day. But, I found that by the time I would get my stuff out (all of my course binders, my case study patient charts, stacks of research articles, etc), and I mentally prepared myself to get started, I didn't have much time to get actual work done on my application. Therefore, I found my groove when I set aside a full Saturday (which is what this picture is representing from 8 years ago). I set up a table to work, had all of my course manuals accessible and I got major work done! I did this a couple more days over the next couple months and finished the application. It isn't too late to start on your application for this year, if you are able to dedicate a couple weekends to the process.

2. The review committee isn't looking for perfection.

The application review is a peer-reviewed process (PRCs and PRTs). Each application is reviewed by two members of the review committee for which you are applying (either PRC or PRT), and their recommendations are provided for review by Ron and myself. Based on their feedback, we then determine if the applicant is prepared for testing, and the applicant then receives the reviewer's feedback. None of us are perfect in what we do, and thus the review committee is not looking for perfection. Rather, they want to see your 'thought process' and 'decision-making' with the PRI concepts from the four pre-requisite courses displayed on paper throughout your application. Therefore, I would recommend that even if you look back at a case study or client program that you put together and think "wow, I would have totally not selected that technique now that I know more...." (that is fine), you can still use that case study, and at the end of your case study discussion, reflect on what you would do different now (and why....knowing what you know now, that you didn't know then).

3. The application in itself is an educational experience.

I hear this often when people are here for PRC and PRT testing, and I felt the same way myself. I learned SO much when I was preparing my application. It forced me to review content from the courses and find answers to questions that I still had myself. I vividly remember that I didn't fully understand the Superior T4 Syndrome until this day 8 years ago, when I went back and studied my manual, watched the home study course again and reviewed the manual techniques. I had an 'ah-ha' moment in preparing my application that day. The application made me reflect on my decision making process, consider what I might do different now, identify favorite techniques (which is difficult when there are so many), and it allowed me to realize how much I did know (even though there was still a lot I didn't know). This last one is important. Preparing your application is not an easy task, and it takes a lot of time, but it should give you a little boost of confidence (you are studying for the exam while you prepare your application), and that is the hidden gem. Last but not least, the feedback from the reviewer's is so incredibly helpful!

If you are considering applying for PRC or PRT, and you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me! The PRC application deadline (for testing in December) is September 15th and the PRT application deadline (for testing in January) is October 15th. 

I also plan to share more information and answer questions throughout the week on social media, so if you are on Instagram or Facebook, follow PRI and ask away!

Lastly, in case anyone was wondering how that triathalon went the next day (8 years ago), it was an experience that I have chosen not to do again, but I must admit I was not fully prepared for what I signed up for (it was a last minute decision and challenge with some friends)...but we survived!

The Non-Manual Techniques Collection for the Cervical Revolution course is now available for purchase as a Digital Download! The digital download collection includes PDF handouts for the PRI Non-Manual Techniques which are discussed and included in the Cervical Revolution course. Some techniques do crossover from the Primary Courses Non-Manual Techniques Collections, however many of the techniques are new to the Cervical Revolution course, and have never been available for purchase on a CD or Digital Download.

The Cervical Revolution Non-Manual Techniques Collection has three sections, and a total of 26 techniques:

  • Non-Manual Repositioning (5)
  • Left Sidebending Repatterning (9)
  • Right Torsion Repatterning (12)

CLICK HERE to purchase the Cervical Revolution Non-Manual Techniques Collection for only $35! *Please note: you must complete the corresponding Cervical Revolution course prior to purchasing this product.

Posted June 11, 2019 at 9:45PM
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We are excited to announce the release of our updated Postural Respiration home study course!

If you ordered this online home study course in the past 6 months (while we were editing), we would like to offer you 2 weeks complimentary access to view this updated version. Please check your email for more information on how to begin your complimentary access.

This new version is co-taught by James Anderson and Ron Hruska (and their pal SYMBA - the rib cage model), and features over 17 hours of content, including case study discussions. Over the past year, our faculty and staff worked together to update the content, structure and flow of this course, and we hope you enjoy the finished product as much as we have!

*Please note that we are still waiting to hear back from a handful of states on CE approval for this updated version of the home study course, so please be sure to check the up-to-date list of Accreditation/CE approval on our website, and contact us if you have any questions about whether the updated course is approved in your state.

Postural Respiration demonstration with SYMBA by James Anderson Postural Restoration Institute

Posted May 20, 2019 at 9:21PM
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