Posts by Michael Cantrell

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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During my work with Elizabeth Caughey DDS in our Integrative Postural Therapy business, we have noticed a consistent finding in many of our patients.  In isolation it was interesting but when we began to juxtapose our findings with other research and with the foundational work done by James Anderson MPT, PRC we considered these findings much more important.  The following white paper is a summary of those findings. Enjoy!

READ HERE

Posted July 20, 2017 at 7:54PM

After a week of respite in Sydney and the Hunter Valley wine country, I was able to start the Impingement & Instability class that began on Saturday the 3rd of June.  Our location was Full Spectrum Health Solutions.  Full Spectrum was founded by Anthony Karsay an exercise physiologist and rehabilitation specialist. Anthony was the absolute best guy and was a wonderful host to us all.  The coordinator of the course was Jason Thomson and Jason is my true friend.  This man is a clinician and a healer who has an excellent grasp of PRI concepts.  He has a following of clients who adore him and truly rely on his expertise.  Jason, I cannot thank you enough for taking care of Ilene and me during our stay and for making us feel at home and like family when we are SO far from our own families.  The class was full of excellent clinicians from all over Australia and the south Pacific including Rosalba Courtney who recently wrote a commentary to one of the research articles we at PRI like to reference (more on that later!), David Lee, an osteopath from Singapore traveled 8 hours by plane to get to Sydney for the course and wants to host one as well!   Others like Aaron Doyle from Perth will soon achieve PRC status.  Craig Ambler is planning on testing this year and he will make an excellent addition to the ranks for sure.  I&I is a complex secondary level class that challenges the mind and opens the door to the frontal plane and cutting edge thought in a way no other course does.  If you were wondering if you should register then wonder no more. It is the doorway to streamlined patient and athlete management and will really excite and challenge your thoughts on PRI.  I hope to see you soon in this course!  Thank you again Australia!!!!

Posted June 5, 2017 at 4:45PM

It's midweek in Australia and I am spending time with my host Jason Thomson.  I will have much more to say about Jason later next week after the upcoming weekend's course of "Impingement and Instability" but right now he and Ilene Stewart (my exec assistant) and I are touring wine country in New South Wales.  Jason has taken us on a journey of rejuvenation and touches souls everywhere he goes by preaching the word of PRI.  Amazing!  We have tried a lot of different wines in the Hunter Valley and we even went to a small zoo where we petted koalas and kangaroos.  Ron, I may not want to come home!  In a few days it's I&I time where we will be doing the advanced PRI gig.  I am so blessed to have the opportunity to spread the word and be in the presence of such giants like Jason Thomson.  

Posted June 1, 2017 at 4:16PM

IFAST! Indianapolis was the location of Myokinematics where I spent this past weekend. Many people are aware of IFAST and the team of Bill Hartman, Mike Robertson, Ty Terrell, Jae Chung, Lance Goyke and Tony Giuliano. These are good guys with good hearts. This was a weekend of fun and fellowship as well as fantastic learning. Bill Hartman was a fantastic host to a large group of attendees. Many were first timers to PRI and found the course to be a paradigm shift and a "game changer" as one of them put it. I had the best time this past weekend as I got the opportunity to sit and listen to Dan Houglum MSPT, ATC/L, PRC, one of our newest instructors. Dan took the reins and led the class both days and taught them about the power of human asymmetrical movement and how to control pathological compensatory strategies. As always the class was enlightening and informative and if you are planning a foray into the world of PRI then I would suggest this "front door" of entry called Myokinematics.

Posted March 14, 2017 at 2:13PM

This past weekend I was on the road again! Teaching Cervical Revolution and being hosted by Mike Roberts MPT and his gang at Central Mass PT. These folks are the absolute best! Jacqueline Shakar DPT, Beth Reinach MSPT, Emily Mandara DPT, Laura Kidman MSPT, Dan Everson PTA and Michael Cumen DPT were all just fantastic and made all of us feel welcome. I also want to thank Anita Furbush PT, PRC and Donna Behr DPT, PRC for being such excellent lab assistants. Donna is an excellent clinician and I relied on her and Anita a great deal. I can see why Donna's new practice is thriving. Shelly DeRuiter PT, PRC was also on hand and she is such a wonderful asset to have in a class. Shelly, it was good to see you. I had two of my previous employees from my old clinic "The Cantrell Center" Cindy Rice PTA, PRC and Jamie Jaros Lochner DPT, PRC. You two are truly skilled clinicians. All 33 attendees were on hand to learn of the powerful influence of the temporal mandibular cervical chain. This polyarticular chain of muscle has such a profound influence on the neck... and teeth have a profound influence on the TMCC. How do we know when to start a dental plan? How do we work with a dentist? How do we know which oral appliance to use? These questions, and more, are broached and the reviews of this class are good. I think Ron Hruska hit a home run with the manual and the class. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Posted March 9, 2017 at 4:49PM
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