Posts by James Anderson

Enjoyed a beautiful weekend in South Florida with Jason Robey, MS, CSCS ATC, PRT and the athletic training staff at The University Miami. Jason’s experience and success with PRI in athletic performance at the university clearly paved the way for this group, making them very open to the material I was presenting. Besides having him as a lab assistant, it was great to have his help answering questions and guiding the discussion for so many new course attendees.

Myokinematic Restoration is a great course because of its attention to body position, not only for bones and joints, but especially for the muscles of the pelvic girdle and lower extremities. A positional assessment of proximal and distal muscle attachments on the right vs left sides of the body were related to the common asymmetry of the human body, a pattern called the left AIC pattern. These relationships were discussed and studied using a muscle coloring exercise and time was spent comparing the bias and the restriction in each plane for each muscle based on these positions. All of this was studied in context with stance and swing phase of the gait cycle and related to ambulatory function.

Besides position, there were other key concepts that guided our thinking throughout the weekend. We talked about compensatory hip movement patterns and compensatory hip pathologies. We talked about the need for ligamentous muscle to stabilize a hip joint when capsuloligamentous laxity destabilizes it. We talked about acetabular hole control in three planes and what is required of the AF joint during different phases of the gait cycle. We came to appreciate the muscles that oppose the left AIC pattern and muscles that make up for the ligamentous laxity on a pathologically lax hip joint. We talked about the specific planes that are the most necessary for each one of the hip rotator muscles on both the right and left sides of the body. All In all, it was a great weekend putting muscles in their proper context to help us all do a little better job balancing human performance.

Posted July 21, 2015 at 3:27PM
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Had a great weekend at Stanford University with our host, Stephen DiLustro and two of his trusted colleagues on Stanford’s Athletic Training Staff, Marcella and Tomoo. The rest of this class was made up of a large cross section of fitness, movement, rehab, chiropractic, strength and conditioning and training professionals. I always love the interplay and learning that occurs when a large number of professionals are represented and have the opportunity to learn from each other.

Impingement and Instability has always been a great advanced course because neurological perception of body position is discussed in context with various patterns of human movement. The study of sensation and the human sense organs was a big part of our introductory discussion in this course. We also outlined 3 key restrictions or limitations to normal patterns of human movement that PRI evaluates very closely: 1) unexhaled air maintained in the thorax, 2) hypertonic polyarticular muscle chains and 3) poor neurological perception of our body’s position. If you can’t remove the unexhaled air, inhibit the overactive muscle chain and sense your body’s position in space then your movement patterns are likely to be compensatory.

Thank you Colle Hunt, DC for inviting me to spend part of your Saturday evening together with your wife and daughters. I enjoyed the food, but I more enjoyed the company. And congratulations to Stephen on the arrival of your new baby boy between the first and second day of the course. I’ve heard a lot of interesting reasons for people missing the second day of a course, but I have to admit my favorite is “my wife just had her baby this morning”. Congratulations and best wishes to your wife and your brand new baby boy!

Posted July 6, 2015 at 4:45PM
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PRI Integration for the Home (Seattle Wash). Thank you Betsy Baker-Bold, PT, PRC and Olympic Physical Therapy for hosting another great course in the Pacific Northwest. We had a great weekend outlining testing and treatments for the patient who doesn't get out to the gym, but who spends the majority of their time at home in their recliner. 

Physical therapists and occupational therapists alike who work with geriatrics and chronic pain patients in a wide variety of settings were in attendance. In fact, there were a number of clinicians present who don't do home health at all, but wanted to glean as many ideas as they could for patients who do not tolerate traditional PRI positions and activities. It was refreshing for them to be able to test for movement and gait sequence in real-life positions like a kitchen chair, and even a recliner. 

We concluded that the Supine Hooklying ZOA with Alternating Trunk Rotation exercise was a powerful integrated activity that has application in many other settings beyond just home health. The Supported Left Stance in Left AFIR from the Left AIC Pattern exercise was also identified as a tri-planer movement facilitator to enhance things like gait, balance, transfers and  even bed mobility. Had a great time with functional integration of the material and with identifying asymmetrical functional routines. Thanks everyone for your great ideas. 

Posted June 18, 2015 at 6:25PM
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Early summer in and around Missoula and the University of Montana maybe one of the prettiest places on earth. Having grown up in Montana, I always welcome the opportunity to come back to this refreshing place. The Postural Respiration course was competing with two beautiful sunshine days and in the end the attendees were glad they stayed inside. A big thanks to Kevin Vogelzang and the relationship he has been developing with the university athletic department to help get this course scheduled. 

We had a great weekend and I enjoyed the opportunity to team up with Skip George to teach this powerful introductory course. He presented most of the material on the second day and did so with confidence and flare. I'm proud of all the work he has put in during his mentoring process with Mike Cantrell and I to become both a capable and fun instructor for the Institute. Here are a are some thoughts from Skip on the weekend, “Students were engaged, curious and energetic with questions, quips and participation as James Anderson provided one of the best ever Postural Respiration courses!”

I'm excited for the future roles Skip will play in this institute and the things we will learn together. Great job Dr. George!

Posted June 12, 2015 at 1:34PM
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After spending an amazing weekend in Boston, its clear that Art Horne and the Boston Sports Medicine Performance Group are in a class of their own when it comes to hosting a sports medicine and performance symposium. The quality of the experience for this year's Summer Seminar and the attention to detail was as good as it gets for both attendees and presenters. 

I was humbled to be invited to deliver both a keynote address on realizing tri-planar performance through the respiratory diaphragm and a breakout session where I talked about the relationship between the foot and ankle and the thorax. My keynote address followed Dr. Robert Sapolsky, one of the world's leading neuroscientists from Stanford University, who spoke on the topic of Stress, Disease and Coping. The other two keynote speakers were from England, Al Smith, a performance consultant for UK Sport World Class System and Dr. Vincent Walsh, a professor of human brain research at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London. 

Besides a host of great breakout sessions, we were all able to experience a group round table discussion with the Canadian National Basketball Performance Team. The group consisted of Sam Gibbs, Head Therapist, Charlie Weingroff, Strength and Conditioning Lead, Roman Fomin, Senior Scientist, Marc Bubbs, Sports Nutrition Lead and Jason Meehan, Assistant Therapist. Another certified PRI therapist, Allen Gruver, presented one of the breakout sessions on the topic of alternating and reciprocal thoracic integration for the overarm athlete.  

I was able to travel to Boston with my wife Karen.  We had a great time looking at the eclectic architecture of Boston on our way to Fenway Park and riding bikes as we followed the Freedom Trail.  We really enjoyed an impromptu VIP tour of the old Boston Arena thanks to Mike McKenney, Asst. Athletic Trainer at Northeastern University.

All in all it was an amazing weekend that adds to the many reasons I love Boston. Thanks again, Art Horne, I'm looking forward to the BSMPG Summer Seminar 2016.

Posted May 20, 2015 at 4:32PM
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Kane Sivesind and the staff at CORE Health & Fitness were great hosts for a great weekend in Madison. Jeanna Viramontes - MPT, PRC joined me in presenting PRI’s flagship course, Postural Respiration. I hadn’t taught with Jeanna prior to this weekend, and she did a great job sharing her expertise and answering questions for the course attendees. Thank you for your very capable assistance. And also thank you to a Jimmy McCurry from Progressive Performance in Woodinville, Washington for taking all the extra time before and after the course to educate me further on the fitness and performance industry and to answer my questions about heart rate variability. Your insights were great.

As a group, we worked to keep our focus on two or three key themes throughout the weekend. First, it was made clear that balanced rib movement in all three planes is the key to unlocking the power of the respiration system. Second, we discussed the role the respiratory system played in unlocking the obviously powerful and always relevant nervous system. And then we discussed the mechanisms used to have the nervous system unlock movement for the musculoskeletal system. Ribs, Breathing, Brain, Movement. #TweetThat.

Posted May 1, 2015 at 4:14PM

Had a great trip to one of my favorite cities for another great PRI experience, this time talking about chronic pain patients, geriatrics and home health. Donna Behr, PT, MS, DPT PRC and the staff at Mass General Hospital were fantastic hosts and a joy to be with. There were a number of clinicians who had been to a few PRI courses but had struggled to put the concepts together and fully integrate them. The overwhelming consensus was that the Saturday morning “Introduction to PRI” helped bring things together very well for the group and prepared them for a day and a half of meaningful application.

We all gained a better appreciation for airflow and rib rotation and the discord that improper breathing can cause, especially in the sagittal plane. We learned about neurological reference centers across the foot and ankle, hips and across the thorax and how to use them to enhance movement and performance. And we also discussed the concept of cortical lateralization and how the lateralized human needs to be treated at any age with regards to breathing and rotation to help balance function and handle life demands.

Donna Behr, PT, MS, DPT PRC has been a wonderful PRI pioneer in Boston trying to influence as many professionals as possible with her cheerful smile and upbeat attitude. I think a follow up text she sent me a few days after the course says it best, “Hey James, it has been a joy to be at work this week. There has been so much enthusiasm for trying out what my colleagues learned this weekend, as well as their clinical successes. I chuckle with every balloon that releases its air, knowing what it signifies regarding people being open to a new and different paradigm shift. Thank you for you teachings!”

You’re welcome Donna, you’re welcome Mass General, and you’re welcome Bean Town. It was a fantastic weekend.


Posted April 2, 2015 at 7:20PM
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Seattle, Washington (Myokinematic Restoration) "What a difference 4 years can make! It was a pleasure to return to the same Olympic Physical Therapy clinic location in Seattle, Washington where Jen Poulin and I first introduced the "PRI paradigm shift" to a much more skeptical and at times hostile crowd of manual based therapists. Jen's eyes got a little bigger as she watched my firm responses and pointed return questions to a group that was clearly not "on board" with PRI to start with. She said, "James, they're not all like this are they?" I told her no and that this group would either really take to these concepts and be amazing with it, or we'll never hear from them again. Four years later, I found myself in one of the friendliest and most supportive environments I've ever taught in, with no fewer than 4 PRI credentialed clinicians in the room and 3 others that verbalized their desire to become credentialed as soon as they possibly could. It is truly a pleasure to have such a wonderful group of people up in the beautiful Northwest so supportive of everything associated with PRI Nation. Thank you Betsy Baker-Bold for always being a gracious host, Zach Hawthorne for being an excellent lab assistant and Sayuri Abe-Hiraishi for the honor of mentoring you as you finalize preparations to take Myokinematic Restoration to Japan this summer. You'll be fantastic."

Posted March 26, 2015 at 5:43PM
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Had a great time with Kevin Neeld BSC, MS, CSCS, PRT,  and the crew at Endeavor Sports Performance in a fantastic facility talking Impingement and Instability. Fortunately, there was not a cheerleading competition going on next door like Jen got to enjoy or a dog show going on next door like Mike got to enjoy, just the peace and quiet of neurological reference centers going off during slow and controlled movement patterns.

We talked about the power and significance of the frontal plane across the ankle and foot and up into the hips and pelvis. We talked about the diaphragm’s ability to position itself so the frontal plane abdominals worked with the lower extremities to stabilize the rotating human torso. The integration of frontal plane lower half movement for transverse plane upper half performance was a central topic throughout the weekend. In fact, it prompted my visit to the statue of Philadelphia’s most famous sports figure, the fictional Rocky Balboa. I talked with Rock about not holding both arms so high over his head all the time because it could compromise his breathing and limit the power of his rotational performance throughout his thorax. He said, “Yo, James, I’m not even a real boxer. It’s just a movie.” I assured him that I understood that fact and that I wouldn’t blow his cover.

Posted March 11, 2015 at 9:27PM
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The skiff of fresh snow and the cold air in Kansas City made me remember how wimpy I am since moving to the desert when it comes to tolerating cold weather. Cold weather outside, but warm hearts and welcome friends inside made for 2 great days with a fantastic group talking all things Myokinematic Restoration. Thank you Matt and the entire Blue Valley Physical Therapy team for inviting us and for making us feel so welcome. Thank you Kentaro (Kenny) Ishii,MS, ATC/L, PES, CES, CSCS, PRT and Mark Cairns, ATC, PRT for your expert assistance in the lab portion of the course. And Kenny, it is truly a pleasure to be able to mentor you as you prepare to teach this material in Tokyo this summer. I have all the confidence in the world that you will be a fantastic PRI course instructor.

We gained a strong appreciation for acetabular position, strength and control during dynamic upright activities. We also learned about angle of acetabular anteversion changes with different pelvic postures with help from one of Ann’s old school text books, Joint Structure and Function, by Norkin and Levangie. She also pulled out 2 classics by Kapanji that would have made an old school biomechanist like Ron drool a little bit. We went on to relate breathing and movement via the diaphragm to one of my favorite songs by the Police, “Every Breath You Take” and the concept of acetabular hole control to one of my favorite songs by Elton John, “Socket Man”- I mean “Rocket Man”. Here’s to hoping my creative examples do more to help people understand than they do to confuse.  

Posted March 6, 2015 at 6:21PM
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