Posts by Michael Cantrell

What a weekend in Vermont last weekend! The leaves were changing and it looked like fire on the mountains!  The course was Myokinematic Restoration and the group was fired-up as well!  Or as we say in Georgia: “Phard Up!” We had some great “ah-ha” moments (I know because I asked!) and, as usual, I learned a bunch of new stuff as well.  It never ceases to amaze me about how little I know.  I’m constantly reminded of it when I get to listen to some of the clinicians across the country.  Thanks for the education and a special thanks to my dear friend Holly Spence who always makes me feel so very welcome.  Special thanks to her mom and dad, Charley and Carol Spence for inviting me out to the farm.  They knew how to make an old hunter feel at home and welcome.  Charley, thanks for the tour of the sugar house and thanks for the pie.  I love gluten!!!

Posted October 20, 2014 at 9:09PM
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This past weekend I spent time in Seattle, Washington. With the Cascades in the background and the Puget Sound in the foreground we rocked Postural Respiration! The group was eager to share information and they seemed quite at ease with material. Several newcomers to the science were present and it was exciting to see them begin to understand this complex material. Special thanks to Zach Hawthorne DPT, PRC for all his help. Looking forward to my return someday. Washington is beautiful!

Posted October 1, 2014 at 5:05PM
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I spent time in Chicagoland teaching Impingement & Instability. I was so pumped by the end of this past weekend because the group was switched-on, the room was electric and the exchanges were dynamite!  Reference Centers ruled the days and several folks found some new neurological pathways for solutions to plaguing issues. Tim-inhibit those TFL's, Deb- breathe!!, Liz- R Glute max for your daughter, Barb-R subscapularis and Bill...I'll just keep taking notes brother!!

Posted September 24, 2014 at 7:21PM
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My daughter and I enjoyed a smashing time in England with my host Martin Higgins at ProSport Physiotherapy. He and his wife, Helen took us in and rolled out the red carpet for us. York is a beautiful place and the group of clinicians that I had the pleasure of speaking to were wonderful!  I took multiple pictures as did Helen and two of those photos are here. Both were taken during the course, which was divided: 1. Inside for lecture and 2. outside in the beautiful English air for Lab.  I am looking forward to continued success in Jolly old England as next year we hopefully present Postural Respiration to this sharp bunch of clinicians!!!

Posted August 29, 2014 at 2:02PM
Categories: Courses

Taught Myokin in Santa Cruz
The group was so smart, couldnt lose!
Knowledge is power
It grew hour by hour
And Matthew Tripp didn't snooze!!!

Had a great weekend on the west coast. The class photo is a selfie i took during a "breakout session" on Sunday. The groups were trouble-shooting a case that i presented. They came up with all the right answers. The other photo is outside "Betty's Eat Inn" at lunch on Saturday in Santa Cruz. Thanks to Carrie Robinson, DPT for taking the shot. After lunch, I bought two of their T-shirts; one for me and one for my daughter Betty. Wore mine on sunday by request!!!  What a great bunch and what a nice weekend in Santa Cruz. Thank you Jonathan Holtz: A great host and a stand-up guy!!!

Posted August 21, 2014 at 1:44PM
Categories: Courses

For the past several months I’ve been obsessed.  I’ve been obsessed with a need to explain the actions of the muscles of the upper half as they relate to the typical Left AIC and Right BC pattern.  It started when I was teaching Postural Respiration in Washington DC last year.  One of the course attendees said “Mike, you need to make a document like the one in myokin”.  She was referring to the document titled “Positional and compensatory influences of the Left AIC pattern on muscles of the lumbo-pelvic-femoral region” that’s on pages 18, 19 and 20 in the Myokinematic Restoration manual.  I helped James Anderson edit that excellent document of his on a cold winter day in Nebraska a couple of years ago.  Anyway, this was something that she wanted: a document that explained in a similar fashion, the actions of the musculature of the upper half.  I agreed that that was a great idea and thus began the obsession.  I didn’t realize how bad it was until folks at my office began to mention my desk being a mess.  Well, it’s always a mess, but this was a little worse than usual.  I wonder if that course attendee remembers asking and I wonder if she’s aware of what she’s done. 

As I have been working on this device, I came across some issues with regard to the levator scapula.  I labored over this muscle (and a few others since I’m not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed) and continued to run into walls.  I was stuck.  No problem, I thought.  I’ll call my buddy James!  He and I have spent many an hour laboring over more-complicated stuff than a simple levator scapula.  Together I knew we could reconcile good old levator.  End result: hmmm. A non-definitive conclusion; although I think James had it but I kept throwing a wrench in the works.  We both agreed that I should call Ron.  Surely Yoda himself could square this away.

So as I continued laboring over the big document I called Ron.  “Ron”, I said, “I’m having some trouble with levator scapula”.  Well, little did I know that he was in the middle of a big meeting with Bobbie Rappl regarding the new exercise CD.  Bobbie just loves it when I call.  Ron began explaining as I wrote notes and eventually Bobbie signaled to him that he was supposed to be in a meeting with her.  We said our good byes and I began anew with my new thoughts on levator scapula. 

Not five minutes had passed and I discovered a new obsession.  Not mine, Ron’s!  My phone rings: “Mike, its Ron”, he said.  “Bobbie is pretty upset because I’m calling you back when we should be in our meeting but I just had to.  I couldn’t let go of this levator scapula thing.  I want us to nail it down and I want you to create a document on levator scapula.  We need it and it’s more important than the document you’re currently working on”.  So for the next 30 minutes we focused our attention on levator scapula.  The end-result is the completed treatise available to you now.  As for Washington DC…Don’t worry, I’m on a roll.  I’m having a few issues I need to deal with right now though.  I know…maybe I can call Bobbie and Ron again.

-Michael Cantrell, MPT, PRC

To read the article on the Levator Scapula CLICK HERE!

Posted January 4, 2012 at 5:44PM
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