Posts by Janie Ebmeier

Ron Hruska and I sat down today with Jason Masek who is the chair of our recently formed Recognition Committee. This Committee was created last year to review and recommend processes for Certified Athletic Trainers and Strength and Conditioning Coaches to achieve recognition for their training in Postural Restoration. The Committee will be conferencing again soon to discuss many pending details. In the meantime, we are sharing with you the course recommendations that have been reviewed and accepted by PRI. 

Course Requirements:
Myokinematic Restoration
Postural Respiration
Impingement & Instability
Advanced Integration will be recommended, however, not required.

Posted February 16, 2011 at 12:00PM

Jason Masek has been busy blogging at the Hruska Clinic. CLICK HERE to read his patient-friendly analogies.

Posted February 9, 2011 at 9:03PM
Categories: Clinicians

Before attending my first PRI course several years ago, I often felt as if my patients were stuck in a revolving door – we often “fixed” one problem only to have them return with a new injury or a different body part hurting.  The Interdisciplinary Integration and Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration courses provided invaluable insight into when and why our patients need another discipline to accomplish their goals.  The proverbial light bulb switched on.  I began working with a local dentist who has expertise in splint fabrication, and through him was introduced to Herb Blumenthal, DDS, an expert in non-surgical evaluation and treatment of TMD.  Dr. Blumenthal has utilized an interdisciplinary approach in his practice for many years.  He enlists the support of chiropractors, massage therapists, and cranio-sacral therapists in his treatment of complex patients with stomatognathic dysfunction.  Notice that he did not include Physical Therapists in that list.  As he explained to me, he often did not accomplish good outcomes with PTs, as they do not understand the relationships between muscular activity in polyarticular chains and occlusal patterns.  He was so impressed with how PRI evaluation and treatment coordinates with and compliments his dental intervention that he invited me to join him in Arizona, presenting to a group of dentists.  It was a wonderful experience; the dentists made immediate connections between common postural adaptations as described by PRI, and what they see daily in their clinics.  They recognized that a PRI trained therapist can be invaluable in helping them accomplish optimal results with their patients’ splint therapy, and with their own issues of pain and dysfunction.  After all, those in the dental profession have jobs with “attitude” involving strong patterns of sustained and repetitive neuro-motor activity. Surprisingly, only 1 dentist had referred to a PT.  The rest had no idea how to find and make contact with a qualified therapist.  I highly encourage each PRI trained therapist to seek out and promote working relationships with dentists that specialize in TMD.  These individuals have experience with splints in addition to the flat plane splints most commonly made by general dentists, and will be open to how splinting can be used in the treatment of not only TMD, but other types of head and neck pain.  I am grateful that my PRI training has enabled me to change that revolving door into an open door of cooperation with others as we strive to attain the best possible therapeutic outcomes for our patients. - Kathy Johnson

Posted February 4, 2011 at 9:53PM
Categories: Clinicians

We have added the following courses to our 2011 schedule:

May 14-15
Postural Respiration
Rockford, IL

September 17-18
Myokinematic Restoration
Seattle, WA

September 24-25
Pelvis Restoration
Essex Junction, VT

November 5-6 (moved from September 17-18)
Impingement & Instability
Seattle, WA

Posted January 25, 2011 at 7:22PM
Categories: Courses

Go to PRI Vision to read the latest commentary from Dr. Heidi Wise!

Posted January 21, 2011 at 3:24PM

Addalyn Renee Rappl! Addy was born on Saturday, January 8th, 6 lbs. 12 oz. 19 1/2 in.
Bobbie, Mark and Addy are doing great! Thank you for all the emails and calls wishing them well. We look forward to Bobbie’s return in March and in the meantime we are enjoying their occasional visits and photos:)

Posted January 21, 2011 at 2:44PM
Categories: Clinicians

Ron Hruska was invited to participate in the 2011 Sports Rehab to Sports Performance Teleseminar. The teleseminar is launching on January 11th with a new interview going up every week through March 15. Ron’s interview is scheduled for January 18th. The interviews are FREE to all, but you do need to SIGN-UP in order to receive links to the interviews.  Here is the complete speaker line up this year:

Sue Falsone PT, Athletes’ Performance and LA Dodgers
Ron Hruska - PT, Postural Restoration Institute
Dr. Mike Leahy - DC, Active Release Technique
Thomas Myers - LMT,  author “Anatomy Trains”
Brian Grasso - International Youth Conditioning Association
Greg Roskopf - Muscle Activation Technique
Brian Mulligan - PT, Mulligan Concept, Mobilizations with Movement
Dr. Warren Hammer - DC,  Graston Technique, Fascial Manipulation
Dan John - Strength Coach, author “Never Let Go”
Gray Cook - PT, FMS,  author “Movement’ Book”

Click HERE to read more about each speaker and the topics they will discuss.

Posted January 6, 2011 at 2:10PM
Categories: Clinicians

Ron Hruska will be traveling to Virginia Beach on January 15-16 to present Impingement & Instability. We have confirmed the course with 11 attendees. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn in this small course environment. You’ll have ample opportunity for question and answer discussion. Specific guidelines will be offered for assessment and treatment of calcaneal instability, knee instability, hip impingement, shoulder impingement, and multidirectional HG and FA instability. Here are a few comments from previous attendees:

Thank you for the Impingement and Instability course.  I am glad you focused on the “system” and integrating it.  I had an AHA moment and now I’m looking for what I should inhibit and use to get patients into neutral without any manual techniques.  It’s faster and easier to look for what to turn off and shut down to start retraining.

This course in some ways was more integrated than the Advanced Integration course.  I found it very useful at “pulling” together a lot of ideas and concepts.  The main concepts of calcaneal instability, patellar instability, pelvic instability and scapular instability are fantastic!

Posted January 3, 2011 at 8:52PM
Categories: Courses

Our 2011 course brochure is hot off the press! Click HERE to view an electronic copy or contact us with your address to be sure that one arrives in your mailbox.

Posted December 10, 2010 at 10:09PM
Categories: Courses

It is with much excitement that we announce our PRC Class of 2010! Congratulations to the following 14 therapists who recently completed our four-day Advanced Integration course followed by two-days of clinical and analytical examination. You all did an outstanding job!

Julie Blandin, PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC
Physiotherapy Associates - Norfolk, VA

Steve Cuddy, MPT, PRC
STAR Physical Therapy - Austin, TX

Shelly DeRuiter, PT, PRC
Work Systems Rehab & Fitness - Pella, IA

Dennis Eickhoff, PT, PRC
Pro Rehab - Delano, MN

David Foo, PT, LAc, CSCS, PRC
Integrity Physical Therapy - Libertyville, IL

Jason Gauer, PT, PRC
Avera St. Luke’s Hospital - Aberdeen, SD

Ryan Hruska, DPT, PRC
Rejuvenation Center - Omaha, NE

Curt Johnson, PT, PRC
Impact Physical Medicine - St. Paul, MN

Elizabeth McCulley, PT, DPT, PRC
Altru Hospital - Grand Forks, ND

Kris Naig, DPT, PRC
Peak Performance - N. Country Health Services - Bemidji, MN

Veronica Paquette, PT, PRC
Essex Aquatic & Rehab Center - Essex Jct, VT

Jodi Reerink, PT, PRC
Rejuvenation Center - Omaha, NE

Onni Jonatan Syvanto, PT, PRC
Summit Orthopedics - Woodbury, MN

Elizabeth Wheeler, DPT, PRC
Launch Sport Performance - Bethesda, MD

Posted December 8, 2010 at 10:14PM
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