Posts by Bobbie Rappl

We received this article from Brad Runia.  Brad recently attended the Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration course and thought the Institute would find this article interesting. 

“Recently, several investigators have reported that mastication produces an antinociceptive effect.  The present results support our hypothesis that the rhythmic behavior of chewing suppresses nociceptive responses via the serotonergic neurons descending inhibitory pathway.”

Prolonged rhythmic gum chewing suppresses nociceptive response via serotonergic descending inhibitory pathway in humans is the title of the article.  You can read it HERE!

Posted June 17, 2010 at 4:06PM
Categories: Articles

We often have people ask us about the use of the words PRI and Postural Restoration Institute.  Most recently we received this email and decided to take the opportunity to educate everyone on this issue. 

“I have been hearing the phrase ‘doing PRI with my patients’ being used by some therapists for a while now.  I am not sure this is correct.  To me it sounds like the therapist is saying ‘doing Postural Restoration Institute with my patients’.  I could understand ‘using PRI methods’, or ‘PRI techniques’, but the active verb of ‘doing PRI’ doesn’t seem like the proper use of the PRI initialism.  I highly respect this approach but I also understand how language sometime evolves incorrectly (for example: ATM machines, PIN numbers, ITB band).”

“I have been doing PRI on my patients for years and the PRI has helped me teach PRI!”  This statement was said correctly.  PRI is a tradename, a brand, a label, etc. that reflects position, process or approach.  PRI is also an acronym.  The Postural Restoration Institute is the name of an Institute. Our attorneys are well versed in these issues.  You use Kleenex to blow your nose. It is a branded soft tissue. Its acronym stands for nothing, that I am aware of. PRI is a brand name, a “Kleenex” of an approach to restore posture or perform postural rehabilitation. It’s acronym in this form, grammatically, is meaningless.  Instead of calling this method or approach a different name, we decided to use the acronym of the Institute to “brand” it.  “Postural Restoration” does not brand an approach. “Pilates” is a form of postural restoration, as is “Feldenkrais”. There are hundreds of different approaches that could be used to restore posture.  Hope this helps you understand the legal world and world of PRI as an acronym and as a brand. 

Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:34PM

“Vertebral Fractures and Mortality in Older Women” is the article where this statement was taken from.  The study conducted in this article looked at women with osteoporotic fractures and the rate of mortality.  Their conclusion found that “women with radiographic evidence of vertebral fractures have an increased mortality rate, particularly from pulmonary disease and cancer.” To read this article click HERE!

Posted June 10, 2010 at 6:48PM

Lori Thomsen, PT, PRC discusses instability of the feet while running in her latest video.  She covers what to look for in a shoe to help provide the runner with good support and stability.  Check it out HERE!

Posted June 3, 2010 at 6:55PM

Check out another Video Consultation performed by Ron Hruska and Oliver Hall, PT, PRC.  Olly had been consulting via email for a while prior to scheduling a Video Consult.  Read the dialogue from his correspondence HERE before viewing the video!

Bilateral Trochanteric bursitis and anterior visual midline shift syndrome, secondary to horse or rider? from Postural Restoration Institute on Vimeo.

Posted June 2, 2010 at 7:38PM

We are excited to share with you our first recorded Video Conference!  This video was recorded during a consultation performed between Jen Poulin, MPT, PRC and Ron Hruska.  This hour long consultation discusses a patient Jen Poulin has been working with who has complex back pain secondary to strong co-activation of the right psoas and right adductor.  We hope you find the live interaction between both therapists and the patient very engaging and educational!

Click HERE to read about the patient’s background!

Complex Back Patient Secondary to Strong Co-Activation of Right Psoas and Right Adductor from Postural Restoration Institute on Vimeo.

Posted May 21, 2010 at 7:16PM

Joe Belding, PT, PRC recently attended the Interdisciplinary Integration course.  In the story below, he shares with us a personal story of what the Vision-Vestibular-Integration day did for him and his family…

I returned from the Interdisciplinary Integration course in Lincoln, Nebraska a few days ago.  I thought long and hard about whether or not I should attend this course. For me, it involved personal expense, and time spent away from my family.  However, taking all of that into account, I still feel that I received the bargain of the century!  Read more…

Posted May 10, 2010 at 6:06PM

For the first time, PRI is sponsoring Dr. Michael Hoefs, DDS and Ron Hruska, MPA, PT presenting Orthognathic Dentistry and PRI Integration. Reservations are required for this unique course specifically designed for teams of physical therapists and dentists. In order to attend, team registration must be received before Friday, September 24th. Dr. Hoefs and Ron will share their first hand experiences on the development of their professional relationship and how this relationship ultimately allows for more successful patient outcomes. Dr. Hoefs and Ron will outline a plan for professional development and clinical management and treatment that can be immediately implemented into the practice of integrative dentistry and PRI based physical therapy. If you are looking for guidance and an example business model, this course is for you.

Posted May 7, 2010 at 6:11PM

It is with much excitement that PRI announces a new speaker for 2011. Jen Poulin, PT, PRC joins our team of Faculty and will teach Myokinematic Restoration next year.  We recently interviewed Jen, you can read all about her HERE!

Posted May 6, 2010 at 6:13PM

For those of you that recently attended the Vision-Vestibular Integration course, you may find THIS ARTICLE interesting.  Lori Brinkman, ATC, CSCS, LPTA,  who attended the course, sent us this article discussing 3-D movies and vision.  It’s interesting to read the effects 3-D has on some individuals who try to view these movies:

“In 3-D movies, your eyes have to be working together as a team perfectly. You have to have equally clear images in both eyes.”

On the same subject, Liz Wheeler, DPT brought our attention to this story.

Posted May 4, 2010 at 6:17PM
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