Posts by Ron Hruska

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
Categories: Courses

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
Categories: Courses

Happy New Year!

A message from Ron

"I want to take this opportunity to thank every one of you who have attended a PRI course in the past. You are part of a family of people who are growing an Institute of passion and pride. Our board of directors, faculty and credentialed professionals have helped us grow from a total of 46 courses in 2010 to 85 courses scheduled in 2015. We now have over 150 national and international credentialed professionals! I am excited to now have a Director of Affiliate Courses and a Director of Faculty Development. I feel this will make it easier for future course attendees and PRI family to apply PRI conceptually and practically. In the last 5 years, we have more than doubled our annual course attendance and we have added four new affiliate courses. All of the courses continue to focus on multidisciplinary evidence and research, supporting asymmetrical concepts and integrative practice. Course attendance of the athletic trainers, strength coaches, chiropractors and dentists have also increase in the last few years and therefore, so have our credentialing programs. I truly feel blessed to work every day with the staff, directors and faculty who are family to me; and I am grateful for all of you who have or are considering becoming a part of this unique family and growing Institute."

Our 2015 Brochure is also out you can check it out here.

Posted January 2, 2015 at 8:00PM
Categories: Courses

The cortical, pre-frontal lobe and temporal power that was in the room at this last weekend’s course in Phoenix at East Valley Spine and Sports Medicine was unbelievable!!  The 25 class attendees had close to 200 PRI courses behind them.  Some of them had taken 15 to 16 courses prior to this one.  We rolled through TMCC with constant and consistent integrated thinking that will help with the revisions that will be made for the upcoming Cervical Revolution: An Integrated Approach to the Treatment of Patterned Cervical Rotation, being taught in early 2015. Thank you East Valley Spine and Sports Medicine for a wonderful weekend of cranial “ expansion” and for your ongoing hospitality over the years with all the PRI courses you host!

Posted October 23, 2014 at 10:16PM
Categories: Courses

John Nyland did a nice job commenting on sports specialization in his editorial article in the June issue of JOSPT. If you have access to this article, be sure to take a look at it. Experiencing diversification in "physical, cognitive, affective and psychosocial environments" at all ages, probably also contributes to transfer of learning between cognitive, psychobehavioral and physical neurological processes.

Posted June 23, 2014 at 9:42PM
Categories: Athletics Articles

I just recently finished reading "It's a Jungle In There" by David Rosenbaum. This cognitive psychology overview, with a Darwinian perspective, touched on 'perceiving more than is really there'. Phenomena often reflect "top-down" processing. The term refers to high-level interpretation biasing perception, so perception is not just dictated by immediate sensory data or "bottom-up" processing, but is also shaped by expectations. Over-competition and under-cooperation among relevant neural representatives can bias perception.

The last course I taught in Richmond, VA was Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration, and it was attended by a number of 'neural representatives' that were once "bottom-up" processors and are now "top-down" perceivers. I really enjoyed their cooperation and non-competitive communication!

Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:23PM
Categories: Clinicians Books

This was the second time that I had the pleasure of teaching at Finish Line Physical Therapy in New York City, and I am always grateful for their genuine appreciation and interest in PRI. After a weekend of Postural Respiration, I know most of them will not forget how to integrate left abdominals with left posterior mediastinum and right lateral thoracic expansion. I hope they became "lifted" as much as they "lifted" me on a wonderful rainy weekend in New York!

Posted April 2, 2014 at 2:27PM
Categories: Courses

This is one title of a slide from the many that Susan Henning will use to present historical perspectives and current overviews on how to slow, halt, or reverse spinal curve progression. She has a strong experienced-based background on this subject and her presentation is already preceded by her clinical passion and genuine caring personality. Susan’s willingness to share her story about two complimentary programs in a manner that will help you better explain to a young person the reason for curve patterns and “trunk changes”, is a gift to us. I know no other person like Susan, that can facilitate a proprioceptive, kinesthetic, and respiratory self awareness attitude or a self-correcting program like Susan can. This, in my opinion, will be the hallmark of our 2014 symposium!

Registration is still available for the upcoming 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium, being held April 10-11, 2014. CLICK HERE learn more and get registered today!

Posted March 25, 2014 at 6:29PM
Categories: Courses Clinicians

After reviewing Emily's presentation material, attendees will learn how to drive their diaphragm and therefore control both gravitational forces and barometric forces. This physical therapist and yoga teacher will explore the ancient concepts and modern application of yoga breathing techniques (pranayama) to help the PRI clinician fully experience and appreciate the power of the diaphragm contraction. She will offer guidance and suggestions that can immediately be implemented into a client's work out program to maximize respiratory and performance awareness. I can't wait for this uplifting two hour talk!

There is still space available for the 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium. To register, CLICK HERE!

Posted March 21, 2014 at 1:00PM
Categories: Courses Clinicians

In May of 2006, I taught a Postural Respiration course in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I met Julie Hereford for the first time at that course and was in awe of her knowledge on the subject of sleep.  She was asked to be a presenter at the 2010 PRI Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium and along with Dr. J. Paul Rutledge, they introduced sleep to us like no one had before.  Dr. Julie Hereford, PT, DPT has now published a book that will provide rehabilitation professionals with a source of information that will help them gain a better understanding of sleep and its impact on the rehabilitation process.  If you want to know how sleep can increase cortisol levels or reduce glucose tolerance or increase sympathetic nervous system activity, you will enjoy this read.  Dr. Hereford has always been an advocate of sleep being tied to consolidation of motor learning.  “It follows that dysfunctional sleep may interfere with the ability to incorporate particular restorative movement patterns that are learned and practiced during a rehabilitation session unless the appropriate stage of sleep is achieved within a specific time frame.”  I believe the reader and clinician will not be disappointed with any of the four sections of this book and will be introduced to disordered sleep as it relates to systemic challenging disease and dysfunctional patterns.  Therefore, Sleep and Rehabilitation: A Guide for Health Professionals is a must for book shelves of those who appreciate the need for sleep and its intricate effects on performance.

Posted February 25, 2014 at 7:47PM
Categories: Clinicians Books
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