Posts by Jennifer Platt

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
Categories: Products

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
Categories: Courses

This past week, at our Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium, we presented the PRI Director’s Dedication Award to three very deserving individuals who have had a tremendous impact on our Institute over the years; Donna Parise Byrne, Dan Houglum, and Josh Olinick. 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); Michal Niedzielski (December 2015); Jennifer Poulin and Lori Thomsen (April 2017); and Kentaro Ishii and Sayuri Abe-Hiraishi (December 2017). An award recognition plaque is displayed at the Postural Restoration Institute® in Lincoln, Nebraska, recognizing each of the PRI Directors Dedication Award recipients.

Donna Parise Byrne attended her first PRI course in 2009, and has taken 28 PRI courses since that time. She was a member of the 2012 Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) class. Donna's background and love for Pilates led to discussions with Ron Hruska about PRI's integration with Pilates very early on in her PRI journey. This later led to her involvement with the PRI Affiliate Course, PRI Integration for Pilates, which was offered for the first time in 2017. Those who have attended this course, have loved it, and we look forward to watching it grow in attendance in the coming years. Donna owns Pilates Central in Wilmette, Illinois, where she has hosted several PRI courses over the years.

Dan Houglum attended his first PRI course in 2004, and over the past 16 years he has attended 45 PRI courses. He was also a member of the 2012 Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) class. Dan spent much of his early career working in corporate PT/rehab settings, and in 2015 he opened Houglum Physical Therapy so that he could offer one-on-one hour long patient care at two locations: Pilates Central (with PRC colleague Donna Parise Byrne) in Wilmette, Illinois, and The Trainer's Club in Deerfield, Illinois. Dan joined the PRI Faculty in 2016, and teaches Myokinematic Restoration. His students love him, and his background in athletic training, corporate PT, and now private practice offers a great blend of experience to all of those attending. He has put together a wonderful white paper to help colleagues and students further titled, Hruska Abduction and Adduction Lift Tests as Related to the Gait Cycle.

Josh Olinick attended his first PRI course in 2006 as a PT student, after being introduced to PRI by Kyndy Boyle (a past PRI Directors Dedication Award Recipient) who was on faculty at Elon University. Josh and his wife Katie own STEPS for Recovery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a clinic which offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Over the past 14 years, Josh has taken 31 PRI courses. He was a member of the 2011 Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) class. In 2010, Josh co-authored "The Value of Blowing up a Balloon" with Kyndy Boyle and Cynthia Lewis, which was published in the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. Josh's background in engineering makes his brain fit for PRI, and he is always askign great questions, he frequently submits ideas and white papers (see all of his papers on his bio here) to help others learn and understand PRI better, and he always has his patient's and other PRI colleague's back. In his spare time, he has hand-crafted around a dozen PRI logos in all kinds of woods, which are proudly displayed in clinics across the country.

Congratulations to all three of these wonderful individuals. We are so honored and proud to know you and have you associated with our Institute! CLICK HERE to view all of the photos from the award presentations.

We are excited to announce a couple changes to the application process for our PRC and PRT credentialing programs.

  • Rolling Admissions Process - We will now accept applications throughout the year, and applicants will receive feedback from the application review committee within two months. This will allow applicants who complete their application early the opportunity to have more time to prepare for testing
     
  • PRI Credentialing Scholarship - This scholarship is available to candidates who may otherwise be dissuaded from applying for PRC or PRT credentialing solely by their current financial circumstances. Scholarship essays are due on June 15th each year, and the essays will be reviewed by the PRI Directors. The scholarship recipient will be notified by July 15th. If the recipient does not accept the scholarship and complete the credentialing application and testing that year, the scholarship will be awarded to an alternate. Depending on the number of applications each year, the Board of Directors may choose to select more than one scholarship recipient.

These changes are effectively immediately. If you have any questions with these changes, or any questions with the PRC or PRT credentialing process in general, please contact me at platt.jennifer@posturalrestoration.com or 888-691-4583.

We were excited to see a newly published article this past week titled "Effects of Two Different Recovery Postures during High-Intensity Interval Training". This study was performed at Western Washington University, and includes PRC therapist Wren McLaughlin as one of the authors. While on faculty at Western Washington University, Wren was instrumental in sharing some PRI concepts with her colleagues and students. This study examined the effects of two different recovery postures, hands on head (HH) and hands on knees (HK) as a form of immediate recovery from high-intensity interval training. The researchers wanted to explore the effects of maximizing a diaphragmatic zone of apposition (ZOA) through a flexed spinal posture (hands on knees) rather than an extended posture (hands on head), during recovery breathing.

The results of their study indicated that the hands on knee posture significantly improved HR recovery, tidal volume, and carbon dioxide elimination in comparison with the hands on head posture. Thank you Joana, Lorrie, David, Wren and Dylan for your work on this study, and for publishing these results for the world to see. You have provided such valuable data that will hopefully result in a new recovery position (and a deeper understanding of its benefits) for clinicians, coaches, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, and athletes around the world!

Posted February 26, 2019 at 11:01PM
Categories: Athletics
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