Posts by Michael Cantrell

There's a change coming...

The storm of change has blown across our conference table at the Institute (as evidenced by the sea of journal articles strewn in its wake). Jen Platt, Jen Poulin and I are on a mission, and with the help of our other faculty members, we are revising and updating the Myokinematic Restoration manual, power point and class. So....hunker down and brace yourselves and when the storm passes, enjoy the blue skies, tranquil calm and fresh smells of the new and improved Myokinematic Restoration class!

Posted June 27, 2016 at 3:14PM
Categories: Courses Science

I returned to Boston to Northeastern University to teach Postural Respiration. Nearly 60 professionals present including PT's, ATC's, chiropractors and strength and conditioning specialists learned about the amazing role of the diaphragm. Katie Delude ATC was very helpful in getting the course put together and was a superb host. I was assisted in lab by Michael Mullin ATC, PTA, PRC, Donna Behr PT, MS, DPT, PRC and Louise Kelly DPT, PRC. The group was engaged and very interactive and I was treated to thoughtful questions from folks who were truly interested in understanding how to develop programs to help manage the brachial chain and compensatory patterns like the Superior T-4 syndrome. Thank you to all at Northeastern for your kindness and welcoming attitudes!

Posted June 13, 2016 at 7:22PM

Last weekend I taught Cervical Revolution for the first time.  I was fortunate to have taught it at Point Performance in Bethesda, Maryland with Haim Hechtman DPT as the host.  Haim is a good man with a good heart who rolled out the red carpet with his staff of PT’s.  We had 4 dentists in the room who all said that the class was informative and enlightening and that the material was certain to affect their method of practice.  Multiple PRC’s in the class also said that they gleaned some good information and actually looked forward to application of new techniques in their individual practices.  I received feedback from many that they needed more information on delivery of techniques and I will assure you all that as I continue to refine my delivery of the course that ensuing classes will benefit from your feedback.  I cannot thank you all enough for making me feel welcome and I look forward to future Cervical Revolution classes! 

Posted May 27, 2016 at 3:47PM
Categories: Courses

Last weekend I traveled to Finish Line Physical Therapy in the Big Apple!  I had the wonderful opportunity to introduce the world of PRI to a large group of first-time attendees plus several veteran PRI enthusiasts.  The class:  Myokinematic Restoration.  With Jesse Hamm PT, CMP, PRC (fellow faculty member from the Institute) present, we got to go over the intricacies of the L AIC pattern.  New attendees were excited to be there and many came up to me saying just how wonderful the course was.  Mike Zhao is a strength and conditioning specialist in NYC and he told me that he keeps coming to realize the power and the depth-of-importance of this material.  He is certainly one of many rising stars that I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet.  Ashleigh Catherine DPT and Danny Burbano PTA and  Kento Kamiyama DPT, Anna Padilla DPT, CSCS and Kim Baurenfeind DPT were but a few of the rock stars that were enjoying the material.  Folks I can’t thank you enough for the kind words on your evaluations and your incredibly thoughtful emails that I have already received.  Juan Miolan PT I am always glad to “help a brotha out”  LOL!  You made it fun.  I hope I get to return to Finish Line sometime soon.  Alicia Ferriere DPT, I’m glad I know you and get to refer to you as my friend.  I am a better man because of all of you this past weekend.  Thank you for improving my life and giving me the opportunity to learn as I taught.  See you in a future course!

Posted March 15, 2016 at 5:48PM
Categories: Courses

I’m sitting in a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio winding down on a Sunday evening after a weekend of Impingement and Instability at Donskov Strength and Conditioning.  It's sometimes strange to find yourself sitting quietly just contemplating what has been said over 16 plus hours of lecture time and interaction.  I absolutely love teaching I&I and the class format. I&I ties so many things together.  It's incredible to discover what is tucked away in "Ron's notes".    This class is such a fearless exploration.  We dared to say things like "if you can't pull air into that R ribcage then, clearly, you can't evert your right calcaneus".  To us it made such perfect sense!   To those reading this...well...if it doesn't....then join me, or James Anderson or Ron Hruska and walk into the REAL world of human kinetics, dare to ask questions and challenge yourself as well as the instructors in this truly interactive, advanced class designed for the explorer.   I'm honored to be a part of this journey of exploration; to roam into the cave and look for the initials scratched on the cave walls "RH" and to then keep moving ever forward. Thanks fellow explorers (especially our host Anthony Donskov) for journeying with me.  Grab your flashlights!  Let's go deeper!!!  

Posted March 10, 2016 at 9:32PM

ATLANTA!!!  Finally!!!  Georgia hosts the first PRI course in history.  Granted, I have hosted courses in my clinic here in the Peach State before but this was different.  This Myokinematics course was hosted by a totally separate organization. I'd like to thank Liz Billeter DPT of Sovereign Physical Therapy for being such a great host and Alan Grodin PT, MTC for sending his troops to this first installment of their PRI journey.  We had a great time in spite of the crazy weather and I had a lot of fun with this outstanding group.  Thanks Eric Oetter SPT for lab assisting and a special thanks to Adrian Baker DPT, PRC for her behind the scenes work and lab assisting.  The two of you are very special to me.  Here's to another Atlanta course soon!!!! 

Posted January 29, 2016 at 4:12PM
Categories: Courses

Excitement is the word that comes to mind as I reflect on the time I had at Seattle Mariners spring training facility in Phoenix, AZ.  The class was excited because we finally moved to secondary level course material and could really elaborate on specific   neurological references that rule the day when dealing with athletes and patients.  Questions were thoughtful and truly advanced.  Establishment of frontal plane control was closely assessed and we closely examined the varying areas of common impingement sites.  Did you know that humans actually LOVE to impinge?   How can we fix an impingement when the patient doesn't want to?   There are multiple opportunities to enroll in this life-changing course so don't miss out! Jimmy Southard thank you so much for your kindness and your hospitality.  Looking forward to returning for more my friend!

Posted January 21, 2016 at 9:35PM
Categories: Courses

This past weekend I rounded out an intense year of teaching across the country and around the world by heading to California Rehab and Sports Therapy   It was there that I taught Myokinematics to a group of PT's, ATC's and CSCS's who were essentially new to the world of PRI.  Alan Vogel PT was our host and the class caught-on to the concepts very quickly!  The labs were intense with tons of questions throughout.  Thanks to so many of the attendees who made the weekend seem to fly by for me.  You all are the best and I am confident that our paths will cross again.  Claudia and Theresa thank you for dinner and your friendship.  December takes me to Lincoln, NE for Advanced Integration and testing for many potential  future PRC's.  Good luck to you all as you near the completion of this exhaustive process!!!

Posted November 6, 2015 at 6:39PM
Categories: Courses

"Last weekend I got to spend some time in Bethesda, Maryland teaching IMPINGEMENT AND INSTABILITY. As I have mentioned to many attendees in the past, this class is one of my favorite to teach and Bethesda was no exception.  The host site Point Performance Physical Therapy and Haim Hechtman, DPT were excellent and the group was wonderful.   As I move toward teaching CERVICAL REVOLUTION  this class becomes a wonderful primer and the beneficiaries are the students in the class.  Thanks especially to Louise Kelly DPT, PRC who provided immeasurable help to me on a professional and personal level.  She is a genius and a friend!!"

Posted October 15, 2015 at 2:50PM
Categories: Courses

My weekend in Worcester was fantastic!  We had 37 professionals meet at Central Mass Physical Therapy and Wellness and Mike Roberts PT was an excellent host.  Postural Respiration was the topic and many of the attendees "cracked the code"!!!!   I saw lights coming on everywhere.  Thank you so much for allowing me the privilege of speaking to you all for two days.  See you next year!   

Posted September 28, 2015 at 7:55PM
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