Posts by Michael Cantrell

I headed to Philadelphia this past weekend and actually went to Cherry Hill, New Jersey to teach one of my absolute favorite classes: Impingement and Instability. There were 20 of us at TTR performance (The Training Room Physical Therapy) where Nick Perugini DPT, CSCS and Ryan Wolff, DPT played host and made sure that we were well taken care of. This was my first time and TTR and the facility is huge!

PRI Impingment & Instability course. The training room, Cherry Hill, NJ

New Jersey and the Philly area are becoming a strong hot bed of PRI as the area continues to grow steadily in this knowledge. The folks in the class were switched-on and asked tons of questions as we moved through the material that focuses on a deep understanding of ground-up sensation and the use of neurological "reference centers" in the human form to aid in repositioning, establishment of neutrality, and repatterning/retraining.

PRI Impingement and Instability course

we moved through management of impingement areas in the ankle, knees, hips and shoulders. We covered the concept that most folks really WANT to impinge! if you can't eliminate the desire to impinge then you will never reduce patient symptoms. We debunked myths through citation of multiple research articles that help the learner understand WHY we do what we do in PRI. if you have never taken this class before, I strongly urge you to consider getting signed up for it. it is truly a game changer for all who complete this rigorous material. I teach this next in in August in Austin, TX but James is teaching it in April and June in NC and IL. Ron is doing it in Germany in September! Get registered!

Posted March 15, 2019 at 8:37PM
Categories: Clinicians Courses Science

Minneapolis, Minnesota at Impact Physical Medicine and PRISM Aquatics Center. That’s where I spent this past weekend teaching Cervical Revolution to a group of 34 movement specialists who had a profound interest in PRI and the myriad compensatory strategies that humans develop to manage the neck and head. Stan Babel, the owner of Impact, is a powerhouse and a truly dedicated fan of PRI and goes way back to the early days of PRI. He worked with Ron long ago as this science was being first brought forward. He and Ron built the first PRISM pool in the world at Impact and it is still going today. Christie Amundsen PT, DPT, HFS, PRT and Mara Brandsoy OTR/L, PRC helped me get settled in and assisted me with our labs. Those two are just about the best and listening to them talk with course attendees and with Stan made me feel like one of the family. I always feel so welcome there. The Impact crew really knows their stuff.

This Cervical Revolution class is such a game-changer for so many attendees and it can be for you as well. Did you know that cranial strain patterns as identified in the literature can and are frequently reduced through breathing techniques? Did you know that those same strain patterns are the result of cervical spine positioning? Did you further know that dental integration with PRI certified clinicians is an excellent mechanism for reduction of cervical patterned movement (or lack there of)? Did you know that dentists regularly attend PRI courses? This is because they realize that PRI provides them with the absolute best mechanism for aiding them in understanding the complexity of their neurological oral appliances. Our courses also arm them with understanding of a wide variety of other oral appliances as well! It is our hope that you will discover these exciting and new ways of learning the complexity of the human body as it relates to asymmetry. I hope I see you soon in a Cervical Revolution class. You’ll be glad you attended!

I spent my February 20th to the 22nd in Chicago at the American Equilibration Society. A long-standing congress that found me surrounded by about a thousand dentists. A convention that caused me to realize that I had come to the right place. Elizabeth Caughey DDS, with whom I work, implored me to come and...learn. Multiple topics were covered including: bruxism and sleep disordered breathing, occlusion and TMD, mentoring (a strong Ron Hruska point), pediatric airway orthodontics and I even heard a physical therapist speak of PT and TMD! Multiple topics moved my learning forward and caused me to repeat the phrase that I’ve said many times: my learning will never stop. I have no doubt that PRI will one-day be on the docket at this fantastic convention and until then I will continue to expand my learning. Thank you to Ron Hruska for compelling me to get out there and take courses “outside the box” of PRI. I am strengthened and I am excited.

Posted February 22, 2019 at 4:46PM

Louisiana!

Mandeville, Louisiana to be exact. I went down to Renew Physical Therapy to visit with some of the best folks on earth down in God’s country. Louisiana is a sportsman’s paradise and so many of the course attendees felt, to me, like kindred spirits. The class was Postural Respiration which truly is the flagship of PRI. This was the new and improved Respiration class and I stumbled a good bit as I worked my way through the rearranged PowerPoint and program. But I must say that Chris and Karlie McDougall DPT were such completely kind and forgiving hosts. They indulged my struggles and made me feel like one of the family.

We had two students in our class from good-old Oday Lavergne’s clinic up in Alexandria; Phillip Wuellner and Erik Landstrom but they were not our youngest participants. The title of youngest participant goes to Chris and Karlie’s daughter Aubrey who was only 12 weeks old! Sometimes she cheered what was being said and others....well....she voiced her disapproval! I think she may have had a real problem with patterned, non-reciprocating, non-alternating diaphragmatic function. Because of that, I’m sure that she was in the right class. I did notice that she didn’t get a certificate of attendance. I’ll be speaking to Jen Platt about that oversight.

Mike Cantrell, With Chris and Karly McDougall. Postural Respiration Course

Kyle Babin DPT, PRC was on hand to assist in our lab sessions and Kyle and I go pretty far back from his days in Texas. A kind and humble man, he truly provided clinical insight that was extremely helpful. I arrived a day early and spent a day in New Orleans touring the French Quarter and sampling the cuisine and sat in a wonderful throne at the Saint Hotel lobby.

As PRI continues to grow and be a game changer for so many professionals, I find myself humbled and grateful to be chosen as a messenger. I am nowhere near worthy to be such, but will trust the wisdom of my mentor and friend, Ron Hruska as he continues to drive me to follow his mandate and be a mentor. Thanks to all of you at PRI and those of you in PRI Nation for your trust in me. I will do my absolute best to never let you down. And to the class participants: thanks for allowing me the opportunity to visit with you and share the exciting information of Postural Respiration!

Postural Respiration Course Renew Physcial Therapy. Covington, LA

Posted February 20, 2019 at 5:28PM
Categories: Clinicians Courses Science

Atlanta played host to a “level 2” course from PRI. The host site was One on One Physical Therapy and the course was Cervical Revolution. Again Karen Warren PT, MPT, OCS, ATC and her crew at One on One were gracious and accommodating. Helping me throughout the weekend was one of my close friends, Jean Masse PT, DPT, PRC, OCS, ATC. Jean is a stellar clinician who teaches PRI concepts at our Advanced Integration course each year.

 Cervical Revolution is the class that makes an initial foray into the PRI world of the cervical spine, cranial strain patterns and dental occlusion and how these worlds might meld together. The occlusion part is one of the reasons why so many dentists have been taking this class and the numbers seem to be growing. A dental group from Kidstown Dental in Houston, Texas was on hand after having heard Ron Hruska speak at the AAPMD conference in Las Vegas. Also, my own dentist, Liz Caughey DDS was there as well which was a special treat for me.

 I realize that each time I’ve presented this course over the past few years, I have learned more and more. I am so very grateful to my mentor, Ron Hruska MPA, PT, for trusting me with this material and I am so happy that he is STILL willing to explain things to me after 22 years under his tutelage. This course has indeed changed since its inception and no doubt will continue to do so in the ensuing years. We try to refine the material and we rely on your feedback to do so. Thanks to all of you for the wonderful suggestions you provided on your evaluation forms. Here’s to a happy 2019 for all of us and...#PRInation...you rock and you’re growing rapidly!!!

My second weekend of teaching in Munich is complete and the class went very well. Postural Respiration is the flagship of PRI and we sailed the vessel boldly. The group came from all over Europe: Germany, France, Netherlands, Slovenia, Austria and Israel and the class was happy and engaged. So many were excited and mentioned that they wanted to host a course in their neck of the woods. We’ll see what the future brings. I had opportunities to venture into Munich and Daniel Muller DO of Linderbergs Academy took us to many fine spots. Eddie Erdeljac MD, DO1 along with Daniel took us to a nice jazz bar and the atmosphere was classic.

I want to thank Tina Haiser PT, PRC for her help and Betsy Baker-Bold who decided to return and help out!

These two fine clinicians made the whole class a better place for learning. A special thanks goes to all the Linderbergs Academy workers and clinicians and specialists who made the class exciting, interactive and fun!  As I leave Germany and Munich (my ancestral “home town”) I am heartened by what I have seen at Linderbergs and a little sad to have to leave this group of newfound friends. My executive assistant Ilene Stewart put it best when she said that all of the class participants treated us like family and Linderbergs felt like home. She was right and it’s always a little tough to leave home.

We are excited to announce the very first "Travel with PRI" European Tour, following our Impingement & Instability course in Munich, Germany next September! Don't miss the opportunity to not only travel with Ron Hruska, but also other PRI colleagues and friends to Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria. This 10 day tour will begin in Munich following the Impingement & Instability course (September 14-15, 2019). To learn more visit the Travel with PRI page.

Posted October 24, 2018 at 8:55PM
Categories: Courses

Landing in Munich is like coming home for me. I have family here and I was afforded the opportunity to see my cousins and connect. My mother’s side comes from Munich and Bavaria and our roots are deep here. My sister wrote of my father’s meeting with my mother in WWII in a series of novels the first of which is called: The Reason of Fools by Dodie Cantrell Bickley (see the youtube trailer). After arriving in Munich we settled-in and then had an opportunity to see the city and acclimate to Germany and the time zone change. When I met with Daniel Mueller Osteopath and Eduard “Eddie” Erdeljac MD, DO1, I was greeted with warm smiles and Bavarian hospitality. Lindebergs Academy is like nothing you’ve seen and promises to be a hot bed of PRI in the coming years. This Saturday I started with Myokinematic Restoration and by the time we finished on Sunday, the class was full of excitement and gratitude for learning a new science and a new way to manage clients. Betsy Baker-Bold was a fantastic addition as a lab assistant and her input was incredibly valuable. I am always amazed as I travel around the world disseminating the PRI news along with my interpretation of Ron Hruska’s vision, how friendly and caring the souls are that I meet. We may be from varying backgrounds and walks of life but we are no different at all really. I’m grateful to be here and I will keep you posted on next weekend’s adventures with Postural Respiration!

Posted October 15, 2018 at 2:39PM
Categories: Courses

Cervical Revolution. This class is such a game-changer for so many attendees and it can be for you as well. Did you know that cranial strain patterns as identified in the literature can and are frequently reduced through breathing techniques? Did you know that those same strain patterns are the result of cervical spine positioning? Did you further know that dental integration with PRI certified clinicians is an excellent mechanism for reduction of cervical patterned movement (or lack there of)? Did you know that dentists regularly attend PRI courses? This is because they realize that PRI provides them with the absolute best mechanism for aiding them in understanding the complexity of their neurological oral appliances. Our courses also arm them with understanding of a wide variety of other oral appliances as well! It is our hope that you will discover these exciting and new ways of learning the complexity of the human body as it relates to asymmetry. I taught Cervical Revolution this weekend in San Diego at Water and Sports Physical Therapy and this was a very nice place. I arrived a couple of days early to spend some time with Skip George DC, PRC going over the nuances of this complex course and then Skip and I waded into the material over the weekend as we presented to 25 attendees. Stephanie Kinsella DPT, PRC from Minneapolis was there. We also had dentist Jason Pehling DDS on hand as well. Dr. Pehling came down from Seattle along with our 3 great guys from Alpine Physical Therapy Chris “Murph” Murphy DPT, OCS, Eli Zygmuntowicz DPT, OCS and Jeremiah Ferguson DPT, OCS. These boys host courses regularly and are bent on achieving their PRC status soon. Good luck guys! A number of folks in the class indicated that they too were planning on gaining their PRC status as well! I encourage all of you to make that journey! I hope I see you soon in a Cervical Revolution class. You’ll be glad you attended!

Posted October 11, 2018 at 9:23PM
Categories: Courses

It seems that over the years the courses that I’ve taught for the Postural Restoration Institute kind of run together. So many times I’ve almost forgotten in which city I’ve been! I know that Ron and James have had the same experience. We’ve chatted about it before. This past weekend I was in St. Louis and I taught Postural Respiration at Complete Fitness Results and Nancy Hammond PT, PRC & Lesley Callaham PT, PRC were my wonderful hosts and were unforgettable. They took good care of me and made sure the class went well. Nancy owns Integrate 360 and she and Lesley really have a great operation! Their skills are obvious and they have a true patient following. When I think about Postural Respiration I wish that I could take 3 days and teach it. The concepts are challenging in this class for sure. I see a lot of folks again and again when I teach it. I don’t blame them either. It took me forever to wrap my mind around the details! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at PRI because we really are here to help you. We WANT you to succeed! Nobody gets it all in one weekend and the application of the science to your patients can be challenging for sure. So reach out! Email us! Call us! Send a smoke signal. Let us help and good luck!

Posted September 25, 2018 at 8:15PM
Categories: Courses

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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