Posts by Michael Cantrell

Alaska!  I can’t tell you how amazing this 49th state is.  I arrived here in Anchorage to represent the Postural Restoration Institute to teach the class we call Cervical Revolution.  I was hosted by Joy Backstrum PT, PRC and Katie Piraino PT (soon-to-be PRC) who own The Physical Therapy Place LLC

Our group included several PT’s who are already planning on achieving their PRC status.  Also on hand was Owen Mandanas DDS who owns a dental practice in Anchorage and has a strong interest in PRI and her role as a PRI practitioner working with PT’s in Anchorage.  Laura Kompkoff OD is an optometrist who works with Joy and Katie and has attended several PRI Vision courses.  She has a strong interest in PRI and continues to improve her skills as she treats patients.  Together, we all dove into the complex details of management of the cervical spine first by understanding the polyarticular muscle chain called the Temporo-Mandibular Cervical Chain (TMCC) and then the rather significant details of the cervical spine’s arthrokinematics as they relate to the occiput and bones and joints of the cranium.  We then explored cranial strain patterns and the role the entire stomatognathic system plays on the cervical spine.  While this class can sometimes seem daunting at first, I would like practitioners to know that it isn’t as bad as it may seem and that the information is vital to answering questions you may have about progressing your own patients. I plan on remaining here in Alaska for a couple more weeks and enjoy the scenic beauty as I venture into the interior with my daughter Sophia.  So, while you’re reading this, I will be on a horse in a pack string of horses looking for a Dall Sheep Ram and some caribou.  I hope to see you soon in a class somewhere but if you EVER get the chance to come to Alaska for a course....DO IT!!!

Posted August 6, 2018 at 4:28PM
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Mercer University in Macon Georgia played host to the Postural Restoration Institute as I was there to teach one of my favorite classes: Impingement and Instability. Macon is about 90 miles south of Atlanta and was the home to the Allman Brothers Band, Little Richard, Otis Redding and a ton of other incredible and famous musicians and bands. Macon is in the heart of Dixie and Mercer is a phenomenal University with an outstanding Athletic Training and sports medicine department. Amos Mansfield ATC is the head athletic trainer at Mercer and he was our host. Amos did a fantastic job and he continues to work on his PRT status because he has seen what he is capable of doing with PRI science. We had 22 professionals in class and the course went very well. Many of the gang are also pursuing PRC or PRT status. I&I is a super fun class that takes a really deep dive into the neuro-mechanics of postural discord. It is a class that is advanced and fun to negotiate as it seems to morph into a different iteration each time it is taught. Kenny Ishii flew over from Japan and provided some valuable insight as he wrapped his head around the I&I concepts in preparation to teach this class in Japan in the coming years. Jason Robey was also on hand in the class and I always appreciate his input. Incidentally, Jason just defended his doctoral thesis and it’s all about PRI! Further, Mercer University and Amos Mansfield created a setting that was tailor made for learning. I am a little prejudiced since I do some work at Mercer and I am very proud to be affiliated with them. I hope that those of you who haven’t taken Impingement and Instability will consider it in the future. The secondary courses at PRI are so very valuable at putting the pieces from the primary courses together in a meaningful way. That’s how one of the course attendees put it in their summary! I look forward to seeing you soon in the next class!!

Posted July 18, 2018 at 6:21PM
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Impact Physical Medicine and Aquatic Center has been a long-time friend of PRI and always hosts courses in their cutting edge facility. Years ago Stan Babel CEO of Impact and Ron Hruska MPA, PT collaborated to create the very first PRISM pool. Christie Thames PT, DPT, HFS,PRC and Mara Brandsoy OTR/L, PRC played the role of host and this past weekend I presented Impingement & Instability which is one of my favorite courses to teach. We had two faculty members present Dan Houglum MSPT, ATC, PRC and Sayuri Abe-Hiraishi MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, PRT. Dan and Sy are excellent presenters and I hope everyone gets a chance to take a course from them. I always learn from both of them and am grateful to call them my friends. We had a total of 8 PRC’s and 1 PRT in the class and they were all great with their input. If you don’t know about I&I, it is a class that coalesces the basic courses into a neuro symphony and teaches MORE on the “why” of Impingement. Why do people impinge and where? We take the time to deeply explain (sometimes more deeply than the attendee wishes 😊) the common sites of pain and the neuro-biomechanics associated with that pain. I cannot emphasize enough how helpful this class can be to your clinical practice and the class reviews were all really good! If you’ve been putting it off I can tell you that I’m teaching it again in July in Georgia and in September in NYC so go ahead and get registered ASAP and I will see you there. I can’t wait.

Posted May 24, 2018 at 2:38PM
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Donna Behr PT, MS, DPT, PRC has done it again! She hosted Postural Respiration at a new location in Needham, Massachusetts and attendees from all walks and locales came to learn the wonderful science that is PRI! In a plush Yoga Studio we removed our shoes and started our walk! A walk into human mechanics as it is rarely explored. Along the way I had the gracious help of Anita Furbush PT, PRC as a lab assistant. Mike DeMille DPT, PRC and Eric Menchi CSCS, PRT pitched-in as well to offer a hand in the labs too! So many are mystified when I mention to them that Ribcage and Diaphragmatic dysfunction is a root cause of many orthopedic diagnoses. But following a Postural Respiration class they all agree that it is not only possible but the most likely reason for multiple orthopedic diagnoses! I invite you all to attend this fascinating class and explore the world of human asymmetry as it has never been explored before. PRI Nation is sweeping the nation!

Posted March 27, 2018 at 2:02PM
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Mercer University in Macon Georgia played host to the Postural Restoration Institute as I was there to teach Myokinematic Restoration. Macon is about 90 miles south of Atlanta and was the home to the Allman Brothers Band, Little Richard, Otis Redding and a ton of other incredible and famous musicians and bands. Macon is in the heart of Dixie and Mercer is a phenomenal University with an outstanding Athletic Training and sports medicine department. Amos Mansfield ATC is the head athletic trainer at Mercer and he was our host. Amos did a fantastic job! He is working on his PRT status because he has seen what he is capable of doing with PRI science. We had 22 professionals in class and the course went very well. We covered a number of subjects from human asymmetry to the role of the diaphragm and the polyarticular chain known as the AIC. As an entry level course, I cannot recommend Myokin highly enough! Further, Mercer University and Amos Mansfield created a setting that was tailor made for learning. I am a little prejudiced since I do some work at Mercer and I am very proud to be affiliated with them. This past weekend I had some help. Adrian Baker DPT, PRC was my lab assistant and the folks in class adored her as do I. Again, I may be a little biased as I was fortunate enough to introduce Adrian to PRI a few years back. She is a good soul and a skilled clinician whom I would allow to treat anyone in my family anytime!

I sure do look forward to teaching Impingement & Instability here at Mercer this July and I look forward to seeing you there as well!

Posted March 5, 2018 at 8:30PM

There I was in Hotlanta and as the rain poured down!  40 of us PRI nerds gathered at One On One Physical Therapy and spoke about all things Postural Respiration. I didn’t get to take very many pictures this time around because I was busier than a centipede at a toe-counting contest! Honestly, if I wasn’t answering questions...I was asking MORE questions. This audience was chock full of eager minds and new professionals visiting PRI concepts for the very first time. How honored I was to have the opportunity to go over the complexities of normal and abnormal respiration, the role of the diaphragm as a postural muscle and a respiratory muscle, rib kinematics as they relate to human asymmetry. I had two of my own former employees who are both Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) helping in the labs: Adrian Baker DPT, PRC and Kristin Spencer MPT, PRC. Adrian and Kristin were extremely helpful and valuable assets during the weekend and I am grateful to both of them. One On One Physical Therapy is a great host site and the facility was laid out nicely for a good class. Karen Davis Warren MPT, OCS, OTC made sure we had what we needed and I’m pretty sure she is planning on hosting another PRI course in the future. Present in the audience was Amos Mansfield ATC the head Athletic Trainer at Mercer University in Macon, GA. Amos is hosting Myokinematic Restoration at Mercer on March 3-4 and I would invite all to attend as this course dovetails very well with Postural Respiration. I look forward to seeing you all next month and in continuing PRI courses in the future. Let’s explore the science together!

Posted February 13, 2018 at 8:25PM
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Cervical Revolution Seattle! How excited I was to have the opportunity to visit the world of Alpine Physical Therapy. My hosts and co-owners of Alpine: Eli Zygmuntowicz DPT, OCS, Jeremiah Ferguson DPT, OCS and Chris (Murph) Murphy DPT, OCS are three very strong PRI enthusiasts. These guys are the ones to watch as PRI progresses in the northwest. In their new and very modern facility we began a journey into the world of cervical spine management as well as cranial strain patterns and dental integration. On hand were 9 dentists, many of whom were quite familiar with PRI. Kent Moberly DDS returned for another round of learning and we also had many PRC’s and Takuto Kondo ATC, CSCS, DNSET, PRT was on hand too! More and more people are enrolling in this class because, in spite of the daunting reputation that this course has, people are realizing that understanding the material is essential for adequate ability to successfully manage a significant number of patients who require a multi-disciplinary approach. By the end of this class, attendees were creating a local study group to continue what was started this past weekend! Dentists were excited, therapists were jazzed and I couldn’t have been more proud of them and the Postural Restoration Institute. I look forward to returning to Seattle someday soon! Oh and keep in mind that Postural Visual Integration is coming soon to Alpine Physical Therapy so register right away!!!

Posted January 24, 2018 at 8:31PM
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Detroit Medical Center did it again! They hosted their second PRI course: Myokinematic Restoration. Last year they hosted Postural Respiration. The class was full of "first-timers" to PRI and by the end of the weekend they seemed pretty excited to pursue this revolutionary approach to physical medicine. As we delved into human asymmetry and the Anterior Interior Chain I took a minute to call my buddy James Anderson who was teaching the same course in San Diego. Both classes had a chance to say "hi" and have a brief visit over speaker phone. That was fun! My class is going to be disappointed to learn that my group picture didn't "save". To the group I say: "I'm sorry y'all ". However, thanks to Shelly DeRuiter PT, PRC, I have some good candid photos! I cannot say enough about Shelly. She was an excellent lab assistant and her kindness and knowledge was evident throughout the weekend. Shelly lives in Holland, Michigan now and is building her stellar practice just like when she was back in Iowa. I am a Shelly DeRuiter fan! To those of you who took this Myokinematics course this weekend remember what I said at the end: PRI is here to help. We sincerely want you to succeed with this material. Good luck with your patients and together we can learn this complex material. I hope you enjoy your paradigm shift and your new journey as much as I have!

Posted October 31, 2017 at 2:30PM

Deep in the heart of Texas! Cervical Revolution at Goddard Orthopedic and Sports Therapy. GO Sports Therapy is a beautiful facility owned by Amy Goddard, a fantastic PRC who has taken PRI concepts to a high level in The Dallas area. She, along with my good friend Stephanie Irizarry, who is also a PRC and Gail Kaiser who is Orthopedic Certified (and a marathon running beast!) took the job of hosting and made me and the entire class feel very welcome. I am so very grateful for their wonderful hospitality. The class of 30 participants included multiple PRC's and two PRT's in attendance as well: Tara Osborne PRC, Anita Panagiotis PRC, Kasey Aikin PRC, Jennifer Bullock PRC, Amy Goddard PRC, Stephanie Irizarry PRC, James Guzman PRC, Taylor Lewis PRT and Sayuri Abe-Hiraishi PRT...wow!! We covered the causes of two main osteopathic cranial strains known as the Left Cranial Side Bend and Right Torsion Lesions. We also discussed malocclusions and the interrelationships of both. This led us into a journey through the asymmetric human form that was so very enlightening and helped the course attendees develop a mechanism for not only management of the cervical system but also a mechanism for interdisciplinary work with their local dentists. We had three dentists in attendance with us: Peter Lecca DDS, Anh Khieu DMD and Orthodontist Yoon Chang DDS, MS. I had Dr. Chang take the podium at the end of the course and deliver a bonus lecture on orthodontics from a cranial strain restoration point of view and it was excellent. Thank you Dr. Chang and thanks to all in attendance. It was a blast!

Posted September 20, 2017 at 4:12PM
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New York City!!! Broadway musicals, Fifth Avenue, Lady Liberty and Finish Line Physical Therapy!!! I was there to teach Impingement & Instability and Michael Conlon PT saw to it that we were well taken care of. I&I is one of those classes from which many clinicians run but that was not the case since we had almost 50 professionals present on that great weekend. It was so nice to see Alicia Ferriere DPT. She is such a wonderful host who, together with the rest of the gang at Finish Line were enthusiastic attendees. I honestly look forward to seeing Alicia at certification in Lincoln, NE this December. I love the emphasis on neurology in I&I and the attendees in the course began to see that resolving various orthopedic issues must take a neurological approach. Consider that nearly all issues of impingement are really occurring by choice! Shocking eh? Want to hear more? Join me or Ron Hruska or James Anderson and buckle up for a deep dive into the rabbit hole! See you soon!!!

Posted August 18, 2017 at 1:59PM
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