Posts by Michael Cantrell

On January 28-29 I was in Seattle, Washington to teach Cervical Revolution. We had multiple disciplines represented including four very fine dentists: Owen Mandanas DDS, Jason Pehling DDS, Steve Wan DDS and Kent Moberly DDS. I want to take a minute and thank my lab assistants Erin Rajca DPT, PRC and Betsy Baker-Bold PT, OCS, CMPT, PRC. Betsy took the point on host site coordination and made the whole experience easy for me! The group over all was full of experienced clinicians with multiple PRI courses under their collective belts and I was honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to be there as a speaker for these seasoned clinicians. If you haven't taken Cervical Revolution yet, please don't put it off! Get registered. This class really helped me put things together for my patients and it answers a lot of questions. Consider Impingement and Instability as another great course that will help you in your quest. If you are intimidated by the course then I would want you to know that, thanks to Ron Hruska, much of the confusion has been sorted out and many are telling me nowadays that it is very understandable! So get registered and I hope I get to see you in the class very soon!!!

Posted February 1, 2017 at 4:50PM

On January 14-15 I had the opportunity to teach Myominematics in Atlanta, GA. This time however, things were a little bit different. First of all I want to thank Andrew Hauser ATC, CSCS, PRT and the rest of the Atlanta Braves staff for hosting the course and that, by itself, is an exciting validation of this exciting science! Secondly, I want to mention the true reason for this course being different: Dan Houglum MSPT, ATC, PRC. Dan is one of our newest course instructors for Myokinematics and he spent his weekend teaching most of the course. The class went very well and Dan did a great job! He was given great and useful feedback from the participants and I think Dan will be crushing Myokinematics in the upcoming courses that he is slated to teach! Finally, I want to say thank you to all of the course participants and I am always excited to see courses finally breaking into the peach state!

Posted January 23, 2017 at 5:54PM

This past weekend I traveled to San Francisco to present the Cervical Revolution course. This class is the one that everybody wants, but is a bit hesitant to actually take! On the one hand we have a course that discusses, in part, dentistry and on the other hand the cervical spine (hence the name). The most fascinating part of this class is realizing the vast compilation of disciplines that are actually melded into the manual. It is indeed a work of art and utterly impossible to completely explore in a weekend. I am certain that some of the faces I saw this weekend I will see again as they continue to hone their skills with this complex subject. Special thanks to Sydney James and her clinic TherapydiaSF who were such wonderful hosts and just kind souls who really rolled out the red carpet the entire weekend. If you have been planning on taking this course, I would pencil it into your 2017 schedule because you will definitely improve your skills with patients after taking this awesome class.

Posted November 8, 2016 at 7:18PM

Summit Orthopedics has a palatial sports complex. They hosted Impingement and Instability and we dove into an explanation of the reasons why humans choose to impinge and hurt. Yes...choose! Neurological reference centers were the main topic of conversation and how understanding these "RC's" can help a practitioner eliminate symptoms in minutes. Additionally we learned about precisely why tennis elbow is so problematic and how to manage it with rotator cuff management. Don't miss this incredible class when you begin the journey into the second tier of PRI courses.

Posted October 13, 2016 at 3:09PM

It was a joy to once again travel to St Lukes. This time however it was different. The class was Cervical Revolution and the attendees were on hand to learn about the amazing "super computer" called the cervical spine and cranium. We went over, in detail how the mandible and the neck are related, how the neck is the controlling factor for cranial strains. This led us to the reasons why individuals have neck pain and headaches. Finally we got into integration with the dental profession, splint discussions and detailed management with dentists. Now we have a better idea WHEN to call the dentist! If you have had any thoughts about attending this amazing class I would encourage you to do it as soon as you can! Especially if you are a dentist!

Posted October 10, 2016 at 4:52PM
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Lincoln, Nebraska!! I came back to PRI Central to teach Myokinematic Restoration at the incredible new facility that is a marvel of architecture. With directors Jen Platt and Ron Hruska helping with my labs and Dan Houglum learning the ropes as a potential new instructor we took off on an exploratory venture of the Anterior Interior Chain! The group of attendees came from as far away as Tokyo, Japan and the experience was great!! The room was packed and the questions stacked. This was a third round with the new and improved version of Myokin and the feedback on the new format was excellent. Hold your breath because this one will finally make the concepts a bit easier to digest!!

Posted August 23, 2016 at 8:05PM

Seattle!  The weather was cool and the skies were clear!   The exploration of higher-level PRI concepts began in earnest and in spite of my "wandering" teaching style in this particular class, the group was able to put together some pretty complex principles.  Starting with calcaneal stability and traversing through the myriad of femoral-patellar presentations, we crossed into the mysterious "transition zone" called the pelvis as we moved into the realm of ribcage and scapular instability. We connected dots from the heel to the head and explored the matrix of humeral-glenoid and even ulnar-humeral mechanics.  We tied together mechanisms of intervention for the neck by starting at the foot as we controlled the foot with the thorax.  It was a fun weekend all the way around!  I hope that someday I will get to return to Seattle and ATI PT formerly known as Olympic Physical Therapy 

Posted August 11, 2016 at 1:47PM

Australia never ceases to fail us!  The Postural Respiration class had originally less than 20 enrolled as we began Myokinematics a week ago, but the Aussies rallied and swelled the class to more than 30 by the time we started just this past weekend!  On the Australian seal is the Kangaroo and the Emu; there because they never back up.  Always moving forward like the science of PRI the Aussies showed a profound interest in this "flagship" PRI course.  The labs were excellent with the help of my host Jason Thomson, the owner of Impact Health Studio. He and his wife Emma decided to take on the challenge of hosting both the Myokinematics and Postural Respiration courses thus bringing PRI to Australia for the first time ever!   Watch as Australia explodes with knowledge bombs and the land down under will become a hot bed of PRI!!   Thanks Jason and Emma!

Posted July 28, 2016 at 3:33PM

Australia!!  The land "down under".  PRI is intercontinental once again.  Europe, Asia and now Australia.   Hosted by Jason Thomson and his wife Emma, I traveled to Newcastle about two hours north of Sydney and the adventure began.  I spent the weekend teaching Myokinematics to a group of 28 clinicians.  On hand at the class was Steve Hewitt DC and he is no stranger to PRI.  I met Steve in in NY recently at a Cervical Revolution course.  Also there was Craig Ambler and Mark Barclay.  Both of these gentleman are top notch and were excited to be there.  Impact Health Studio is a fantastic facility in which Jason and Emma train athletes and even mothers in their "Mums Empowered" program.  Emma Thomson is an accomplished author with an exciting story to tell about life and achievement.  Her book "Happiness, Health and Freedom" should be a must read for all young ladies.  Special thanks to Jason and Emma for rolling out the red carpet for my daughter Sophia and me. 

Sophia is with me presently as we head to Sydney for some vacation time this week.  Then, we will return to Newcastle and i will teach the next class!  Yes!  Postural Respiration happens this coming weekend!   More on how it goes later so stay tuned!!...

Posted July 18, 2016 at 2:24PM

Nashville!   Home of the Grand Ole Opry!  I spoke at the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society annual conference, teaching Postural Respiration to PT's and ATC's.  The Gaylord Opryland Hotel was the venue and over 60 participants were on hand to hear PRI's flagship course.  The Gaylord is a palace and I was treated like a king; Especially by the host site coordinators Natalie Grant and Anita Ramsay.  Day one was spent speaking to concepts of asymmetry, polyarticular chains and the diaphragm and day two explored manual and non manual techniques for management of the professional hockey athlete.  I cannot thank enough my assistants Jamie Jaros Lochner DPT, PRC, Louise Kelly DPT, PRC and Kevin Neeld MS, CSCS, PRT for all of their valuable help they provided in labs and in Q and A.   I wouldve been totally lost without them!  I am looking forward to continuing this exploration with PHATS (pronounced P-hats) as they continue through the world of PRI.  THANKS AGAIN my close hockey friends!  

Posted June 29, 2016 at 3:12PM
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