Posts by Janie Ebmeier

Thanks to Josh Olinick for sending us this email…

Just in case you guys don’t have this yet…(I keep realizing {and envying} the brilliance)

Vitruvius, the architect, says in his work on architecture that the measurements of the human body are distributed by Nature as follows that is that 4 fingers make 1 palm, and 4 palms make 1 foot, 6 palms make 1 cubit; 4 cubits make a man’s height. And 4 cubits make one pace and 24 palms make a man; and these measures he used in his buildings. If you open your legs so much as to decrease your height 1/14 and spread and raise your arms till your middle fingers touch the level of the top of your head you must know that the centre of the outspread limbs will be in the navel and the space between the legs will be an equilateral triangle.

The length of a man’s outspread arms is equal to his height.

From the roots of the hair to the bottom of the chin is the tenth of a man’s height; from the bottom of the chin to the top of his head is one eighth of his height; from the top of the breast to the top of his head will be one sixth of a man. From the top of the breast to the roots of the hair will be the seventh part of the whole man. From the nipples to the top of the head will be the fourth part of a man. The greatest width of the shoulders contains in itself the fourth part of the man. From the elbow to the tip of the hand will be the fifth part of a man; and from the elbow to the angle of the armpit will be the eighth part of the man. The whole hand will be the tenth part of the man; the beginning of the genitals marks the middle of the man. The foot is the seventh part of the man. From the sole of the foot to below the knee will be the fourth part of the man. From below the knee to the beginning of the genitals will be the fourth part of the man. The distance from the bottom of the chin to the nose and from the roots of the hair to the eyebrows is, in each case the same, and like the ear, a third of the face.

The preceding is the complete translation of the text accompanying Leonardo DaVinci’s Vitruvian Man. It is actually a translation of Vitruvius, as Leonardo’s drawing was originally an illustration for a book on the works of Vitruvius.

The 4th Annual PRC/PRT Conference will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The conference follows Interdisciplinary Integration and will be held at the Postural Restoration Institute. 

If you have earned the designation of PRC or are scheduled to complete the PRT credentialing process in January then this conference is for you!

Please contact Liz McCulley to sign-up, request to present, or share your ideas for presentation topics. The PRC conference is planned by a group of PRC volunteers each year.  This year’s committee includes Liz McCulley, Scott Pruitt, Raulan Young, and Jen Poulin.

I am honored to announce today the Postural Restoration Certified class of 2011. PRC 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 both clinical and analytical testing.  To date, 79 therapists have earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska and James Anderson.

The Postural Restoration Institute® established this certification process in 2004 as a way to recognize and identify 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®.  Certification is available to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and occupational therapists who have completed the requirements.

PRC therapists offer a unique approach to physical medicine called Postural Restoration. This approach addresses underlying biomechanics which can often lead to symptoms of pain and dysfunction. All mechanical influences on the body that restrict movement and contribute to improper joint and muscle position are considered, examined, and assessed. Manual and non-manual techniques are utilized to restore proper alignment of the body while proper respiratory dynamics are considered. Treatment encompasses prevention and lifetime integration for long-term successful outcomes.


Pictured from left to right (front row: Jon Hupp, Karen Taylor Soiles, Michael Mullin, Alanna Cooley, Kathy Metzger, second row: Lori Thomsen, Scott Kosola, Louise Kelley, Jeanne DeKrey, Jennifer Gloystein, Sarah Petrich, Janie Ebmeier, Ron Hruska, third row: Joe Pope, David Drummer, Aaron DeBord, Stephanie Boespflug, Christie Thames, back row: James Anderson, Sean Fitzgerald, Kurt Weidauer, Josh Olinick).

Posted December 6, 2011 at 7:23PM

Airway & The Anterior Neck
Thursday, April 19th – Friday, April 20th, 2012

Our 4th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration course brings together six highly regarded professionals to share their expertise on the subject of airway and the anterior neck. This symposium will include interactive discussion on the anatomy, neurology and mechanics of the airway and the anterior neck. Emphasis will be place on how to manage the nasal and oral airway both during sleep and upright function. Upper airway obstruction and influences on respiratory and laryngeal function, from asymmetrical torsional alignment of the cranium, neck and thorax, post-traumatic vertigo, cervical trauma, postural pathomechanics and respiratory imbalance will be offered.

Chris Cederberg, MD
Marina Gilman, M.M., M.A. CCC-SLP
Michael Hoefs, DDS, DABCP, FAACP, FADI
Ron Hruska, MPA, PT
Jonathan A. Parker, DDS
Heidi Wise, OD, FCOVD

CLICK HERE to register!

Posted November 15, 2011 at 7:47PM
Categories: Courses

Thank you to everyone who applied for PRT! Your application reviews are now complete. Please check your email for details. We are looking forward to January!

Posted November 15, 2011 at 7:42PM

Learn how to bring your right hip forward, the “right” way! Check out Lori’s latest video running blog.

Posted November 4, 2011 at 7:05PM
Categories: Clinicians Athletics

PRI speaker Jen Poulin was in Minneapolis, MN the weekend of October 22-23, 2011, teaching a Myokinematic Restoration course. Here is a great quote from one of the attendees!

“Mind-blowing. I feel there’s a whole realm I can tie this into in my training but no idea where yet.”

Posted October 31, 2011 at 7:09PM
Categories: Courses

We are excited to be teaming up again next year with Maryland Sports Care & Rehab! On February 18-19 the Urbana Clinic will host Postural Respiration. James Anderson will be instructing the course. Please register early as we anticipate a full class. 

Posted October 20, 2011 at 7:34PM
Categories: Courses

James recently presented our Myokinematic Restoration course at the Alaska PT Association - Fall Conference.  James had the privilege to speak to nearly 90 attendees as well as find time for some fishing. He shared with us this email from a course attendee….

Dear James,

First I would like to personally thank you for coming to Alaska this past weekend to lecture on myokinematic restoration. Your course helped immediately relieve the frustration I have experienced for years regarding physical therapy protocols. My clinic has put into practice the skills we learned from your course from the very first patient of the day on Monday morning.  We have not had a single patient leave the office without substantial improvement in their condition all week!

The most dramatic cases include an elderly woman, 3 month post lumbar fusion, 6 year post bilateral hip replacement with pain of 8/10 VAS in her low back and hips. She was unable to stand from a chair without pulling herself up with her arms. In under 10 minutes, not only was she reporting pain of 0/10 VAS, but she was also able to stand from chairs of many different heights independently!

Another patient was a 20 y.o. female, hurt her back at work and had received chiropractic and exercise therapy for 8 weeks without any improvement. Pain of 8/10 VAS when I first evaluated her Tuesday morning. When she left my office, after using the repositioning techniques and 2 exercises, her pain was 0/10 VAS and it held through her day of work! She SKIPPED into my clinic this morning for her 2nd appointment. Her worst pain since Tuesday was a 1/10 VAS. We are now working on getting her into better shoes (no more flip flops) and today she was able to walk with improved stride, stance, and even demonstrated arm swing; all with pain ratings of 0/10 VAS.

Thank you doesn’t seem enough at this point. Thank you for validating our concerns with the status quo. Thank you for helping us be the physical therapists we wanted to be! We look forward to taking more of your courses in the near future.

Posted October 19, 2011 at 2:56PM
Categories: Courses

Michael Mullin was kind enough to share this email with me earlier in the week. Michael practices at OA Centers for Orthopaedics in Portland, ME. In addition to attending and hosting many PRI courses, Michael also served on our Recognition Committee responsible for the creation of PRT.

I have been working with a lot of dancers—classical ballet in particular—for many years which began when I was practicing in San Francisco.  Having utilized PRI-principles in my work for many years now, this population is a tremendous group to introduce PRI concepts with due to their amazing body awareness, compliance with home programs and general attitude towards self-help.  Dance medicine has turned into a subspecialty for me and I was fortunate enough to be able to do a presentation this past week at the 2011 International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Annual Conference in Washington D.C.  It was a 50-minute Movement Session and the title was: “Developing Optimal Muscle Control to Establish Symmetry in the Dancer”.  It was part lecture and part lab where principles of proper diaphragmatic positioning and control were introduced with the use of balloons, exercises such as 90/90 hip lift, 90/90 hip lift with hip shift and hemi-bridge, and sidelying scissor slides were all reviewed.  It worked well to have them utilize the balloons initially and then have them tie them off to use as bolsters for the subsequent frontal plane activities.  It was a great turnout and this program was very well received with many participants approaching me throughout the rest of the conference asking more insightful questions or even stating:  “I heard you did a movement session with balloons and PRI principles—I’m so bummed I missed it!”.  PRI-trained clinicians should really consider trying to work this population as almost all of them are in dire need of repositioning, neutrality, and joint centralization. - Michael Mullin, ATC, LAT, PTA

Click HERE to view the handouts provided to attendees.

Posted October 18, 2011 at 8:29PM
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