Posts by Janie Ebmeier

Day about going back to school to learn about vision and its influence on patterned balance and the vestibular system? Ron Hruska will start off by giving an overview on how working with optometrists has helped him establish timely, good neuro-mechanical postural change, complimenting Postural Restoration Institute goals of improving reciprocal balance and function. A didactic day of functional optokinetic learning. Learn about associated vision and vestibular patterns of people who rely on back and neck extension, and their right extremities. Dr. James Nedrow’s discussion about neuro-optometry in the treatment of visual midline shift and post traumatic visual dysfunction will enlighten any professional who treats patients with dizziness, headaches and perceptual issues. Both Dr. Nedrow and Ron are members of NORA, the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and see eye-to-eye on the need for increased vision-vestibular integration in the future of orthopedic, neurologic, pediatric and geriatric treatment programs. What an ‘eye-opening’ day!

Posted February 22, 2009 at 5:59PM
Categories: Courses

Day can expect to hear a passionate dentist talk about the importance of temporal mandibular disc position on maintaining cranial symmetry.  His unique approach to treating craniofacial pain and dental discrepancies through a gnathic orthopedic positioning approach has complimented Ron Hruska’s approach of reducing neuromuscular patterns of the ‘head, neck face’, through integrative muscle and respiratory re-positioning.  The two have been working together for over two years and have successfully integrated unconventional cranial and postural methods to maintain a cranial, occlusal and cervical-thoracic lumbar stability.  I see this as a great opportunity for a physical and occupational therapist and podiatrist to recognize the opportunities and the rewards of working with dentistry in establishing postural alignment or neutrality of the head, neck and trunk.  Dentists should feel more comfortable working with physical and occupational therapists and podiatrists, knowledgeable about the Postural Restoration Institute philosophies, after taking this course.  What a ‘team’ day!

Posted February 20, 2009 at 6:03PM
Categories: Courses

As the Interdisciplinary Integration course approaches, I thought I would provide some timely input and updates.  Our speakers are excited about this event and are working on each of their presentations and trying to condense their material down to one day.  Since there will be a different speaker each day, I thought I would provide some insight on how each unique day will “feel”. 

Day One...could be compared to our ‘Technique of the Week’.  If you are interested in why an orthotic is important for challenging habitual postural and gait patterns, or what purpose a PRI orthotic serves in reducing neuromotor pathomechanics, or when should you consider using specific orthotics and muscle integration to establish PRI outcomes, or who specifically should experience specific support from a specific appropriate footwear, you should think about where you are going to be that day.  Dr. Paul Coffin, Ron Hruska and Ann Riglein have been working together for more than 8 years, what more can I say.

Posted February 19, 2009 at 6:05PM
Categories: Courses

Michael Mullin of OA Physical Therapy Center in Portland, Maine recently shared with us a great article that discusses forced exhalation rather than valsalva maneuver during maximal force productivity. Click here to read more.

Posted January 30, 2009 at 5:30PM
Categories: Articles

Megan Bollinger, MPT of Peak Performance in Bemidji, MN was kind enough to share with us her patient’s account of treatment with Postural Restoration. 

45 Years of Chronic Pain—Then Postural Restoration Crossed My Path

When I was about 5 years old, I fell off a chair and had a brain concussion that affected my vision.  I still remember what it looked like to have triple vision, then everything being all white, then all black – all the while feeling nauseous and having a pounding headache.  The following year I was riding on the rock wagon in our farm field, kicking at the wheel (which I knew I wasn’t supposed to do), when it caught my foot and the next thing I remembered was seeing the sky come into view as the wagon rolled across my left hip.  The field was just plowed, so I was pushed down into the dirt when I was run over, and walked away with just scratches and a tire track across my upper thigh. Read more here.

Posted January 26, 2009 at 6:04PM
Categories: Clinicians

Christel was recently recognized by her company for her achievement of PRC.

Crookston, MN – RiverView Rehab Services physical therapist Christel Parvey recently earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certification (PRC). Postural restoration is a physical therapy technique that aims to restore a more neutral posture for individuals. Parvey is one of only 40 physical therapists in the nation to achieve this certification.

Click here to read more.

Posted January 21, 2009 at 6:14PM
Categories: Clinicians

Postural Restoration trained therapists and trainers are familiar with the collaboration that is often necessary for successful outcomes.  They work hard to nurture professional relationships in their area for this integration to best occur. If you are a PR trained therapist and are working on developing your relationship with other disciplines further, consider inviting these individuals to attend our first Interdisciplinary Integration course.  Click here for our short advertisement to send to a friend, colleague or local professional with whom you are working with or hope to work with in the future!

Posted January 14, 2009 at 6:26PM
Categories: Courses

Wishing you all a happy & healthy new year!

Posted January 1, 2009 at 6:53PM

Ron Hruska recently received the following email from a PRI trained therapist:

When I told Julie I had been to another of your courses, she asked if I had thanked you for fixing her headaches and jaw pain!  I admitted that I had not, so now I will.
Here is how you fixed Julie without ever meeting her:
You created Postural Restoration.
You taught PRI to Karen Jiran.
I took the Myokinematic Restoration Course at the APTA conference 2005 and learned about PRI.
Julie moved back to Minnesota from Seattle. 
We scheduled Julie an appointment to see Karen in Woodbury to evaluate her headaches and jaw pain.
Julie did her PRI exercises.
Gradually she had far fewer problems with her jaw and fewer headaches.  She could sleep better and had more energy. 
Julie got a job and bought her first car.
Julie now shares an apartment with her pug, Pagoda.  She does her exercises when she needs to.  She sews quilts for her creative therapy.
So Julie would like to thank you for fixing her!
Thank you from the whole family.

Posted December 31, 2008 at 5:10PM
Categories: Clinicians

Impingement & Instability scheduled in Gilbert, Arizona on January 10-11 has been confirmed. We are also extending the early registration deadline for this course to December 29th. When registering online, you will automatically be charged the late tuition rate. We will then process a refund for the difference. You can also give us a call instead of completing the online form. Allen Gruver of Foothills Rehab will be hosting the course! Hope you can make it!

Posted December 29, 2008 at 5:15PM
Categories: Courses
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