Posts by Ron Hruska

Teaching at Northeastern University a course on cervical influences on the body and cranium was so gratifying for so many reasons. It was our 6th course at this host site and after I experienced the warm hospitality and support it probably will not be the last. These people allowed me to get through the course objectives, which many of you know it is difficult because of my love for tangicial speech, and provide historical relationships between osteopathy and PRI concepts. Jen – you have made my job  easier because of your hospitality and administrative mission to distribute and receive all pertinent articles and items that the Institute needs. I love teaching this course, but each course has its own  personality and the attendees from the Northeast part of the USA, and Israel, the students, the nurse with her CSCS, and the dentist who works with athletes, all now have one thing in common; respect for the temporal rotation and sphenoid greater wing height. Dr. Portnoy thank you for all your contributions and your participation. It helped so much!  Boston’s knowledge and application of PRI principles is growing because of the staff at Northeastern University and people like Donna Behr, and Sean Fitzgerald who had assisted and work so hard as PRCs to endorse this Institute!

Posted July 18, 2016 at 3:43PM
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Recent course question: Is the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR) ever fully integrated, or is it constant presence throughout our lives?

The ATNR typically is inhibited by the age of 3.5 years. However when a lack of alternating head, trunk and appendage movement occurs, because of visual, auditory or tactile sensory orientation that reinforces homo-lateral movement, the retention of this primitive reflex can have an impact on behavioral formation of the body on rotation indefinitely.

Some of the retained symptoms include postural imbalance when the head is turned, difficulty in cross pattern movement of the trunk where one arm needs to move toward the controlled leg, hand-eye coordination difficulty over focus attention of the visual system, visual perception difficulties, cognitive learning challenges, excessive wrist and ankle tone visually on the right side, and bilateral functional integration difficulties in general.

The ATNR, like other reflexes that are considered to be associated with vision can be triggered or stimulated reflexively to some degree anytime in life when bilateral or alternating function is challenged by over referencing homo-lateral anti gravitational or positional strategies.

Posted June 29, 2016 at 6:11PM

Teaching Cervical Revolution this last year was truly amazing and one of the most inspirational and rewarding two days I’ve ever had, simply because of course attendee history and location. It was my first PRI course in a new building that reflects both traditional and non-traditional PRI approaches and applications. It was given to an audience that had a course attendee who has been a class participant since 2001 and a faculty member who has been a class participant since 1998 and a faculty member since 2008. Joan Hanson and Mike Cantrell, truly the honor was all mine. I love teaching this course because it represents our history, our scientific foundation and our future direction. The influence of the week on our postural, physiologic and psychologic behavior is unprecedented because of the magnitude that the foramen magnum has on pattern processing.

Posted May 18, 2016 at 9:40PM

First Call Home Health knows how to host a course! Mike Cantrell and I really enjoyed presenting the Cervical Revolution course material in their beautiful building and to their staff of both OTs and PTs who have taken many PRI courses in the past.  I honestly enjoyed receiving questions from attendees who do so much with the geriatric population and integrating cervical-cranial PRI concepts with all the attendees, and a dentist as they relate to all ages and many different patients and symptoms and diagnoses.  I met some great people that I hope to meet again and will not forget how warm of a reception and the rewarding response Mike and I received.

Posted February 16, 2016 at 10:11PM
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This was my first time in Austin and at STAR Physical Therapy. The host site and facilities were exceptional. The clinic is a total reflection of what we do in PRI. It was great having Mike validating terminology, process of examination, treatment, and clinical application. His ability to explain this course’s application will be very helpful for any course attendee who takes this course. The course also gave me the personal opportunity to learn what was meaningful to experienced PRI PTs, strength coaches, and ATCs. I want to have a special shout out to Eric Broberg, DDS who stuck with me both days to give input on the material as it relates to cervical orientation. This weekend of validation and confirmation was hopefully realized by all attendees to help realize when to use dentistry in the treatment of patients with neck dysfunction. 

Posted January 22, 2016 at 9:36PM
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Betsy Baker-Bold, Zach Hawthorne, Amie Holbrook, Kari Koos, Melissa Parsons, Janine Peacock, Erin Rajca, Deb Scheibe, Jamie Ablutz, Mark Bouma, Erin Coomer,  Trish Gallant are the best hosts a speaker could have. I truely enjoyed teaching at Olympic Physical Therapy. This organization has been a leader in promoting PRI over the last few years and taking a course at their sites is a wonderful experience in itself.  It was a perfect environment to present Cevical Revolution. The supportive experience will be a memorable one for me becasue of the multi-disciplinary involvement and in depth inquisitive interaction. I also love when course attendees dress in violet.

Elizabeth Caughey, Susan Grote, Andra DeVoght, Kim Eckhardt

Posted November 13, 2015 at 4:48PM
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Teaching at Finish Line Physical Therapy this weekend was so rewarding for many reasons. Spending time with old friends and making new friends at this course was as rewarding as spending the entire weekend with Mike Cantrell. We both learned so much from each other and were fueled by the passion of those who pursue and practice PRI applications. I really enjoy teaching Cervical Revolution and am excited for anyone taking the course in the future regardless if a Georgian or a Nebraska farm boy teach it!

Posted September 24, 2015 at 2:07PM
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Traveling to the middle of Nebraska to teach Myokinematics at the heart of Nebraska in Kearney was such a treat! Seeing old acquaintances and meeting new associates after smelling fresh alfalfa, seeing crop dusters flying and pivots moving water while traveling down I-80 reminded me of my roots and family ties. The Athletic Training Education professors and graduates reflect the values and beliefs of what make this country great. This particular course, therefore, centered around practical, meaningful, and purposeful PRI technique applications so that outcomes would also be great.

Posted August 3, 2015 at 9:32PM
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I loved March! I have met so many new people, re-visited with people I haven't seen for years, and re-kindled passion with those that appear everywhere I turn. March started out like a lion for me. The first weekend of three in a row which 'focused' on PRI Vision at Bethesda, Maryland. I enjoyed teaching with Dr. Wise our revised Postural-Visual Integration course information and really feel that all 'eyes' were on target. We watched snow fall and periphery move us. The Point Performance team were such wonderful hosts. Thank you Erin, Joanna, Sean, Allison, Louise and Haim for being such great visionaries!

The next weekend, I traveled to my favorite Canadian city, Montreal, home of CoreXcellence. These practitioners and trainers love PRI and I loved teaching Postural Respiration with Heather Jenny. This was Heather's first opportunity to co-teach as she continues training to teach this course in the Fall, and she did a great job! It's all about the gas and these two days went by fast, because we loved talking about airflow, gas exchange and breathing in general. Don, Rich, Oz, Vito, Christopher, Ora, Leah, Jeff and Echo were awesome hosts! I have never eaten more oysters or had better food. Thank you all so much! I look forward to my next trip to your expanding company.

Chapel Hill, NC was home for me on March 14th and 15th. The staff at Advance Physical Therapy always are gracious with their time and event hosting. Susan, Lisa, Jean, Joe, and Matthew are also family to me. I really enjoyed presenting revised material on Cervical Revolution and again their input was invaluable. There were as many familiar PRI faces in the room, and it was a very humbling and emotional experience for me. Presenting this material to these guys was like coming "full circle" in my career. There was wonderful conversation as the result of having 3 dentists in the class. I would encourage any future Cervical Revolution course attendees to invite his or her local dentists, who might be interested in how occlusion can improve PRI outcomes, to also come to this particular course. The interdisciplinary interaction was awesome!

So March came in for me like a lion and is leaving me as a lamb, because I am enjoying every minute preparing for the upcoming Interdisciplinary Integration Annual Symposium that is approaching in less than 3 weeks. It will also be another highlight of my year and I encourage you to look into attending, because this year's symposium is all about our "need to succeed!" I love Spring Madness!

Posted March 30, 2015 at 8:18PM
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On January 24, 2015 I revealed my collective thoughts and recommendations on how to assess and manage the patient who is in a Left Side Bending or Right Torsion cranial position, with underlying Right Temporal Mandibular Cervical Cranial patterned muscle. The course attendees were so helpful in providing insight on how to make the course better in the future, were so patient with me and my supercilious tangents, and were so understanding on the difficulty I was having in delivering 35 years of integrated thoughts on dentistry, physical medicine, respiratory function, osteopathy, and neurologic behavior in only two days. However, these were the same people that have nurtured me over many years and have supported me in ways they will never truly understand. Individuals who have demonstrated passion for what they do, belief in that they can make a difference if they think differently, and courage to be unconventional, brave, and transgressive to the end; all traits of a Renaissance practitioner. I wish I could talk about each and every one of them in this message, but want to identify four who have initiated and revolutionized our industry and practice outcomes. If it was not for the insight and risk taking of Michelin Carroll in 1998, maybe 1997, I would never have been introduced to the great people of Vermont at a very tentative and somewhat tortuous time of my life, nor established a good foundation for PRI in an area where cortical and creative correspondence is at an unbelievable level. She and many others around her made Burlington Vermont my second home for many years. Friendly, family and fun come to my mind in those years. I have been there countless times since and would never be able to accurately account for all the courses and topics I talked on over the last 15 to 17 years in this great state. Michelin fueled the Institute in those early years and her sincere desire to promote these concepts, of a Midwesterner, whom she never met before, gave me the confidence and support that I will forever be grateful for. Two nights before the course I met with Holly Spence at her clinic, Cornerstone Physical Therapy, to consult with her and assess a cervical cranial patient whom she is treating. I have known Holly also for more than 15 years and her interest in Integrating Physical Therapy  with Dentistry has always intrigued and  impressed me. She is one of the nicest and most humble people you will ever meet, but most importantly she is resilient. She gets it! She gets that occlusion and cranial orthopedics patterns are directly related. I love being around her because of the manner in which she instructs, teaches and represents integration with a multi-disciplinary mind and with a positive, calm and patient delivery of, what can be, inflammable science. Holly, was invited to come to Brazil in 2013 and talk about collaborative treatment for the complex dento-facial patient using PRI concepts, good physical therapy intervention when needed and the biopsychological implications associated with a team approach. She is such a blessing and it was so awesome to have her presence in this class for so many reasons. In 2004 I met a spirited and ardent individual who along with Holly became certified in Postural Restoration in 2007. Estelle LeClair  and her family have endured the pain, frustration and hardship associated with the construction, design and manufacturing of two PRI pools. I enjoyed giving an inservice to her staff the day before this course, because I had the opportunity to once again experience the programmed directed flow of water to inhibit patterns of neuromuscular function and retrain new integrated references for upright dryland operation facilitated by gravity and the ground. Her hard work over the last 6 years, ongoing spirit of resolve and determination has created two beautiful pools, the PRIORI and PRISM PASSAGE. I still can feel the sequential flow of water provided by the Hemi – Hula Hoop and Rotation Cove stations that reduces torsion on the back, neck and hips with so many possible applications and processes. She is a pioneer and a role model for all of us and I will always feel indebted to her for her stamina and willingness to pave the way for PRI Aquatic future opportunities. On the evening of the first day of the course I had the wonderful opportunity to peruse the two PRI Course manuals that Michal Niedzielski had translated into Polish. Miokinematyczna odbudowa wzorcow zespolu ledzwiowo-miedniczno-udowego (Myokinematic Restoration An Integrated Approach To Treatment of Patterned Lumbo-Pelvic-Femoral Pathomechanics) and Poprawa funkcji knompleksu piersiowao-brzusznego (Postural Restoration An Integrated Approach to Treatment of Patterned Thoraco-Abdominal Pathomechanics) are the first two PRI courses ever translated in a language other than English. Michal, for those who know him, is full of energy and expression. I really love this man. I have met his family, have gone to Poland to understand his culture and feel that we have a special relationship because of his questioning, eagerness to learn and need to understand my “mind”. As I get older I feel honored to have him as a friend and colleague and someone who I will always respect for his undying commitment to excel and exceed regardless of language barriers, cultural differences, and beliefs surrounding postural asymmetries and disparities. He became a member of the PRC family in 2007, however, I feel he has been a family member long before that with his first attendance of a course that I taught many, many years ago. I am not sure Michal even knows how many courses he has attended since then, but I respect him so much and envision he will continue to promote and provide the direction for those who speak his language, both English and Polish. This truly was four days of Renaissance, Recollection and Revolvement, and these four people reflect what I truly believe we all strive for, Respect.

Posted February 13, 2015 at 3:42PM
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