Posts by Jennifer Platt

Jason Robey, MS, ATC, CSCS, PRT sent us this excellent article from the current issue of Journal of Sports Rehabilitation, Effects of Respiratory-Muscle Exercise on Spinal Curvature. The device used with swimmers in this study for respiratory-muscle training is similar to the PowerLung trainer shown on the products page of our website. The study concluded that respiratory-muscle training exercises do influence spinal curvature, improving postural stability! We have added this article to the reference list for our Postural Respiration and Advanced Integration courses.

Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:59PM

As the Postural Restoration Certification (PRC) Application Deadline of September 15th approaches I wanted to share some common questions I’m receiving…

Q: Despite having attended many PRI courses I’m not confident that I know the information well enough to pass an exam. Who could possibly understand it as well as Ron:) Any advice on preparing for this?
A: Your apprehension is shared by many who have successfully completed the PRC process! It’s important to keep in mind that the information tested is that from Myokinematic Restoration, Postural Respiration and Advanced Integration courses.  Information from other PRI courses will definitely help advance your overall knowledge base and strengthen your application but the course information from these other courses is not specifically tested. The exam was created in 2004 and for the most part remains unchanged. So even as the science continues to evolve, the basic fundamentals are what is important to consider in preparing. One more thing to consider is that the PRC Application Process itself it designed to prepare you for PRC testing and the information that you’ll receive back from our Application Review Committee will have specific comments to assist you in preparing. The Committee will make an overall recommendation as to whether your application demonstrates your readiness for PRC.

Q: If I have previously attended the Advanced Integration course, is it necessary to repeat the course immediately prior to PRC testing?
A: No. You are not required to attend the Advanced Integration course again. If you would like to attend the course in preparation for testing, you will receive a 20% discount on the tuition fee. In years past, the Advanced Integration course has provided an opportunity for the PRC class to form relationships and friendships that last for many years to come. After the first day of the course, we introduce the PRC candidates to each other. From there it’s typical to see study groups forming in the evenings over coffee or even nights of dancing and music:)You can study and prepare for PRC together or socialize and build relationships with colleagues who share your passion for Postural Restoration! The course is an excellent opportunity to review and advance your understanding of integrative concepts as you prepare for the PRC process!

Q: I have not yet attended Advanced Integration but plan to in December. Can I also apply for PRC this year?
A: Yes. In this case, please indicate your intention to attend Advanced Integration in December on your PRC application. Keep in mind that we recommend a minimum of 2-3 years of PRI experience prior to applying for PRC.

Q: I will be submitting my PRC application this year. Should I go ahead and make travel arrangements?
A: No. Please wait until after the PRC Application Review process is complete. You will want to consider all Reviewer feedback prior to making a final decision about attending the PRC process in December. Your application review will be complete by October 15th allowing plenty of time for travel arrangements.

Please feel free to email me any additional questions you might have.

Posted June 17, 2011 at 2:08PM

In case you haven’t heard….PRI has a Facebook page! Visit our page for continued updates on what’s happening at the Institute. We would also like to encourage you to post stories of your own onto our Facebook page! This could include: anonymous case studies, photos (if permission is received), and questions for your colleagues. Let’s take advantage of this online networking opportunity to grow and learn with your PRI colleagues! 

Posted May 16, 2011 at 8:40PM

Greetings PRI therapists!  Many of you have e-mailed or called me waiting for our recommended shoe list for 2011. HERE IT IS!.  All of us at the Hruska Clinic spent well over two hours evaluating and trying on shoes for this 2011 list.  Please know that there may be shoes that are not included on this list that we did not examine.  I would encourage you to examine shoes that you are questioning for a good heel counter, minimal to no lateral heel give, ability for your patients to find and feel their arches and to push off their big toe when walking. Most importantly, make sure your patients can maintain neutrality with PRI tests with their shoes.  What works for one patient can be different for another.  It’s difficult to evaluate all the shoes on the market.

You will see a “S-M-L” after each shoe and this is referring to the build of the individual that the shoe works for (ie. small, medium, large).  In addition, I have identified if the shoe is motion control, stability or neutral for your added information.

I can’t identify another shoe as awesome as the 2009 Asics Foundation, but I will continue on my quest for shoe greatness.  Shoes change every 12 to 18 months and the 2010 model of the Foundation is good but it’s not “greatness” like the predecessor.  Also, don’t grab your AED when you see a Mizuno on the list.  Jason, Dave, Jen and I all tried it on and validated it’s presence on the list.  Shocking, but they did change the design so make sure it’s the WaveRider 14.

I would encourage you to go to your local running store and assess these shoes for yourself so you can make appropriate recommendations for your patients. 

We hope this helps you all out!

Lori Thomsen

Posted February 25, 2011 at 5:50PM
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Last weekend, more than 20 Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) Therapists gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah for the 3rd National PRC Conference! The conference was deemed a great success and included the following presentations:

Jen Poulin - Importance of the Glute Med
Lori Thomsen - Interdisciplinary Integration and Vision Update; Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & New PRI Tests
Mike Cantrell - Postural Respiration Updates and Algorithms
James Anderson - Gait: Inhibition or Delay
Gibbie Duval, Jacob Wurth and J.R. Epley - Keynote Speakers on PRI in Strength & Conditioning

It was a great time of networking and sharing our passion for PRI!

Posted February 22, 2011 at 4:30PM

After 2 years of planning, Estelle LeClair, MPT, PRC of Essex Physical Therapy in Essex Junction, Vermont is proud to announce her plan for the first PRI Aquatic System!  Planning and design work is well under way with the pool scheduled to arrive this summer and open in the in 2012. We are excited to work with the Postural Restoration team to begin treating patients in the pool using the PRI principles that work for so many on land.  A huge thank you to Ron for bringing the science of Postural Restoration to aquatic design so that we are able to help more patients integrate PRI principles into daily living.  We are thrilled to be bringing this technology to Vermont, where PRI concepts are widely utilized in many physical therapy clinics and look forward to the collaborative efforts to improve patient outcomes through the use of this facility.

Posted February 8, 2011 at 9:19PM
Categories: Clinicians
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