If you are a member of the APTA, make sure you check out these two articles found in the August edition:
Understanding the Lived Experiences of Patients: Application of a Phenomenological Approach to Ethics
Proprioceptive Acuity Assessment Via Joint Position Matching: From Basic Science to General Practice
The first article discusses the word “disability”. It gives some great insight on how patient’s personally relate to disability and the role a Physical Therapist plays when treating disabilities physically and emotionally. The second article covers the critical role that proprioceptive feedback plays in the neuromotor system. It reminded us how important proprioception is with all of our activities. Just because we ask patients to lift or turn a certain way doesn’t mean they actually “feel” what the activity was designed to “feel”!
We received THIS ARTICLE from Michael Mullin, ATC, PTA on idiopathic scoliosis.
“In all children with so-called idiopathic scoliosis limited adduction of the right hip was found, or even abduction contracture of this hip, often connected with flexion and external rotation contracture.”
This is a great article that discusses the etiology of scoliosis and how it relates to abnormal hip movement.
Looking for some educational reading? You are going to love this four part series that discusses PRI and off-season conditioning. Lisa Bartels, DPT, PRC wrote these articles for Performace Conditioning magazine. These articles provide a great reference for PRI and athletics.
We have updated the Pelvis Restoration course agenda for the course being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 9-10, 2010. Both speakers couldn’t be more excited to share with you all the new material that will be presented at this course. To look at the agenda, CLICK HERE!
We received a great article from Doug Gregory, Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Vision Aquatics, on the benefits of aquatic therapy. We know several clinics who offer aquatic therapy and other clinics who are considering entering into aquatics. This is a great article that speaks of the positive outcomes of therapy in water. Check it out HERE!
I wanted to share a very cool story about a patient I just recently saw…
A 65 year old female comes in and sees me with a complaint of right-sided lateral and medial elbow pain. She has a 3-4 year history of symptoms. Patient has received 4 cortisone injections with min-mod relief (symptomatic relief has decreased with each injection). Patient has had PT at 2 different locations with no success. During PRI exam, she is identified as a PEC. She is repositioned during PT session and is sent home with Paraspinal Release program 2x/day. Comes in 7 days later and hasn’t held her correction. She corrects with a Superior T4 manual technique and continues Paraspinal Release program. I also placed a medial longitudinal arch pad in her right shoe in an attempt to hold her correction. Comes in 10 days later and has not held her correction. On her third visit, I use a tongue depressor on her left molars and re-check her PRI tests (HG IR, passive HG flexion, Adduction Drop, Extension Drop) and it does nothing. So, I ask the patient when the last time was that she had an eye exam (she wears glasses – and I used to make glasses to help pay my way through PT school, so, I can tell that she has a pretty strong prescription). She says she has been due to get her eyes checked. I explain that I believe she has something going on with her eyes and that is causing her inability to hold her corrected posture. I ask her to see an eye specialist and I send a note to that specialist explaining my findings. The patient calls me after her visit and is crying. She has cataracts in both eyes and needs emergency surgery!!! She would have never have found out if it wasn’t for me. And, I would’ve never checked if it wasn’t for PRI…a home run all the way around.
-Mike Dixey, PT, Cert MDT, CSCS
We recently received this hand crafted gift from a friend of ours, Josh Olinick. Josh is not only a great clinician, he is also a talented craftsman. This piece of art fits beautifully into our conference room. We are so proud of this piece of art and thankful to have met such a wonderful, talented individual. Josh has made PRI Wall Art available for purchase. You, too can have a piece of art that represents your practice! If you are interested in finding out more information, you can contact Josh Olinick by email HERE!
Our latest interview features Michael Cantrell, MPT, PRC. Currently, Mike is one of the instructor’s for the Myokinematic Restoration course. Next year he will also be instructing Postural Respiration. If you’ve had the opportunity to be taught by Mike, you’ve experienced the fun, energetic personality that Mike brings to the course. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful speaker! Read more about Mike HERE!