Posts by Michael Cantrell

Essex Junction, VT

Home of Essex Physical Therapy and it’s famous PRC Owner Estelle Leclair MSPT, PRC. Estelle’s clinic has the only modern PRISM pool in the country!  Impact Physical Medicine and Aquatic Center in St. Paul, MN has the original prototype and Essex has the latest state-of-the-art iteration of the famous PRISM Pool. Yes, the one developed by Ron Hruska. Estelle and her husband Jeff decided that it was time to truly move forward and be the first in the nation to put into action this amazing PRI-based pool! I got in it and it was awesome!

During the weekend while I was there I taught Impingement and Instability (I&I) to about 30 great clinicians and we had more fun than a clown on fire!! For those of you not familiar, I&I is a deep-dive advanced course that explores exactly WHY people impinge body parts and have pain. You may be thinking that I am making it sound as though they have a choice. They DO! We choose to impinge and if you ever make it to this class you will discover not only WHY but also what to do about it. You will learn that every orthopaedic site of Impingement is actually the end result of neurologic phenomena. Sound wack?!  Listen to what one of the attendants said from this past weekend in VT. “I cannot believe that we could so easily correct what seems to be hard and fast positioning! Your demonstrations sealed the deal for me! I will NEVER look at a rotator cuff impingement syndrome the same again...EVER!!” You can also find yourself seeing the light through a lovely purple filter as well by taking this course. Oh, and if you’ve taken it before, keep in mind: A lot may have changed since then so it may be time to revisit!  God bless you all!!

Posted October 15, 2019 at 4:26PM
Categories: Courses Clinicians Science

If you’ve taken Cervical Revolution please raise your hand. Ok, for those of you who did not raise your hand I’ve got to say...BOY YOU MISSED A GOOD ONE IN CHICAGO!!! 

Pilates Central hosted the class and all of you know Dan-the-man-Houglum MSPT, ATC/L, PRC and Donna Parise Byrne PT, OCS, PRC who are good PRI instructors in their own rite. Well, together with Liesel Brown PT they ran the show for this installment of Cervical Rev. in Chicago. Oh and listen, if you go out to eat with Dan, make sure there’s plenty of meat being served! 

We had 22 folks in the class. Among us was one dentist named Joe Fischerhahm DMD and he is fascinated with all things airway and added a nice layer of depth to my teaching. Joe is a super nice guy and obviously a great dentist. Additionally, we had a representative from the AAPMD named Lenore Morrissey MPT, DPT, OCA, FC. Lenore shared a number of thoughts about airway and the upcoming AAPMD conference to be held in Nashville. Some of you may know that Ron Hruska will be presenting there. Y’all, we had such a good time this weekend and I can’t even describe it (which is odd for me because many will say that I am usually not at a loss for words!🤣). What I CAN say is that this Cervical Revolution class is a true game changer.

Ever wonder HOW it is that a dentist can help you manage your back pain patients? Or your knee pain patients for that matter. Did you know that there are strain patterns in your skull that place pressure on your individual cranial bones? IT MATTERS! IT IS TREATABLE! Many times you don’t even NEED a dentist! Most times actually! Did you know that there’s a certain type of device that PRI recommends, that a dentist can make, that goes in your mouth and this device, called a PRI MOOO, (Mandibular Occipital Occlusal Orthotic) can cause your neck to finally have a normal curve? Game changer! MOOO? No, it has nothing to do with cows. This weekend’s class was truly inspiring from the input from the class, to the chocolates we had, I was inspired:

A class held at Pilates Central,
Had us all feeling quite a bit mental.
The class was inspiring,
And our brain cells were firing.
Realizing that necks can be dental.

Go figure and God bless. Wish Ron good luck at the upcoming AAPMD in Nashville. In the meantime, PLEASE register for Cervical Revolution as soon as you can. It is truly fantastic course!

Posted October 4, 2019 at 4:25PM
Categories: Courses Science

Austin! The Texas state capital. I traveled there to visit with the best little PT house in Texas! Star Physical Therapy. I was there to teach Impingement & Instability.  Jon Hupp PT, PRC is the owner of Star and he is a dang good clinician and a good man.  Many of you may know Jon but did you know that his daughter Skylar is an elite gymnast? She will likely get a nice scholarship as a result of her gymnastic skills. His son Sterling just started his senior year in high school football and has been doing some good playing so far! Jon’s wife’s name is Bear. Yes! Bear! I LOVE that! I met her and the minute I did I knew she was a nice lady and a kind person. She spends her time taking care of the kids and doing a ton of administrative work for Star. 

Speaking of a ton, this I&I class had a TON of participants!  Around 40. That’s a big class size for a secondary course but...well...Texas.  A dentist named Alice Lam dropped by the first morning to visit. I do some work with Dr. Lam in Houston and she is fascinated with PRI.  I&I is a complex course that explores WHY your patients have Impingement phenomena.  Did you know that they WANT to impinge? It’s neurological. That’s probably why so many veteran PRI clinicians were there. There were 5 PRC’s there: Jon Hupp, Steve Cuddy, James Guzman, Sarah Luin and Josh Elrod as well as PRT, Josh Ogden.  At the other end of the spectrum we had two PT students there. Both of them are my friends: Steven Blair and Phillip Wuellner. 

I&I explores calcaneal, patellar, hip and scapular Instability and the varied impingements that can and do occur as a result. Be prepared for multiple surprises when you take this class.  Some comments from this past weekend: “This changed how I look at the Hruska Adduction Lift Test!” “It changed how I consider the position of the heel as I address my scapular programs to decrease humeral glenoid mechanics.” Oh, and did I mention the ribcage? The deep-dive into detailed mechanics of the existing respiratory variations puts a massive neurological spin on ribcage-scapular function. Whew! I got a little crazy there for a second. Thanks Ron Hruska, for my mild derangement. I cannot WAIT to see all of you in this most fascinating course.

This past weekend I spent some time at this famous institution teaching Myokinematic Restoration. I’d like to take this opportunity and commemorate a moment and talk about perspectives. The moment that I am commemorating is the weekend I got to spend mentoring Kasey Aikin PT, DPT, PRC, as she journeys toward independence as an instructor for the Institute. The perspective to which I refer is Kasey’s and mine, which I imagine will differ a bit. Kasey participated as a lab assistant along with the capable mind of THE Donna Behr PT, MS, DPT, PRC, who so many of you already know. But Kasey also had an additional task. She was not just learning or refining her PRI/Myokinematic skills, she was also learning to be an instructor, so this weekend becomes even more important for her from that perspective. As I spoke of specifics like L AF IR, the AIC, FA IR, management of specific diagnoses and refining skills like the Hruska Adduction Lift Test, Kasey was...absorbing, processing, smiling, reinforcing, thinking and determining how she could best teach the material. I admired what I saw as she worked toward her goal of being an instructor. She could, I think, have taken some of the material at any given moment and presented it. I would’ve enjoyed seeing her do it. Soon, she will. I imagine she will be quite edgy when she does but I think the class to whom she speaks will benefit greatly from her now-forming style. I invited Kasey to write about this weekend from her perspective and the ensuing words you see are from her. As for Wellesley College...put me down as grateful to have been there and I thank you Tim Snyder MS, ATC, LAT for being a great host.

From Kasey:

Walking into a PRI course as a “student” with Mike Cantrell has always been a guarantee of gaining several pearls of wisdom applicable day one while at the same time a comedy relief deciphering his southern similes and metaphors. This course was no different minus my mindset this go round as I wasn’t just a “student” anymore. The crew attending were primarily from the northeast so it’s always neat leaving the south and finding common ground with people on the other side of the country. Lab assisting with Donna Behr was awesome, she may be the nicest lady living in Boston. Seeing the light bulb moments of the attendees go off during lab is always the thrilling part of PRI and what continues to bring anyone back to PRI courses time and time again. The New York “triplets” were super enthused with the material and I’m always impressed to see strength and conditioning specialists diving into Myokin. The Maine crew had excellent questions and honed in on their testing skills. Overall, what an enriching experience while trying to navigate presenting the intricate science of PRI to do it justice. Thanks to all the attendees for the thought provoking questions and Mike Cantrell for continued mentorship and support!

Wellesley College Myokinematic Restoration Postural Restoration Institute

Hruska Adduction Lift Test Mike Cantrell Postural Restoration Institute

Wellesley College Myokinematic Restoration Postural Restoration Institute

Posted May 24, 2019 at 5:10PM
Categories: Courses

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
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