The newest journal article being passed around PRI is “The contractile field – A new model of human movement – Part 3”. This article written by Phillip Beach and published in Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies discusses embryology and evolutionary biomechanics as they relate to ‘contractile fields’. “Tuning between muscles within a contractile field, and tuning between fields, shapes movement patterns”. To access the entire article please contact us!

Beach P. The contractile field – A new model of human movement – Part 3. J of Bodywork & Movement Ther. 2008; 12:158-165.

Posted July 8, 2008 at 5:05PM
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If you have been to the Cervical Cranio Mandibular Restoration course you are aware of the recommended activity for limited opening of the jaw, hypermobility of the jaw, andanterior disc displacement. Most recently, we have updated these guidelines and added a new section titled, “PRI Recommendations for a Right TMCC Pattern”. These recommendations will help guide clinicians on teaching patients about tongue positionwhile at rest to promote proper maxillary position. To learn more about the Right TMCC pattern please look at our Cervical Cranio Mandibular Restoration course (please note that in 2009 this course will be offered as an introductory course with no pre-requisite).

Posted July 7, 2008 at 5:06PM
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If you live in the Flagstaff, Arizona, area or are planning a summer vacation there, let Core Balance Therapy Services take care of your Postural Restoration needs. Kyndall Boyle recently joined the staff at Core Balance and brought with her the PRI approach. She is the only therapist on staff practicing this “unique approach to rehabilitation.” To read more about Kyndy and Core Balance Physical Therapy, please click here!

Posted June 27, 2008 at 10:25PM
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For those of you that frequently use the PRI Positioning Program, we have taken “new” pictures! The pictures will resemble the previous program but with a little extra pizzazz! Along with all the pictures reflecting correct Left AF IR positioning, we have also added pictures replicating incorrect positions. To view the complete positioning program, click here!

Posted June 26, 2008 at 10:33PM
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Yes, we do realize that the PRI Course Reference list can create some anxiety when trying to decide which book is best. So, we’ve decided to narrow it down for you. Here are our Top 5 (or 6) books for Myokinematic Restoration™, Postural Respiration™and Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration™. These books will provide you the best reference for each course whether you have attended previously or are contemplating registration. To read the Top 5 Book List, click here!

Posted June 23, 2008 at 10:41PM
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Every now and then a journal article is released that peaks our interest. When this happens we eagerly distribute copies of the article amongst ourselves and openly discuss it’s pros and cons. This past month we have come across 3 articles that we feel are worth sharing with you!

Cheung R and Ng G. Influence of Different Footwear on Force of Landing During Running. Phys Ther. May 2008; 88(5):620-628.

Marchetti G, Whitney S, Blatt P, Morris L and Vane J. Temporal and Apatial Characteristics of Gait During Performance of the Dynamic Gait Index in People With and People Without Balance or Vestibular Disorders. Phys Ther. May 2008; 88(5):640-651.

Allison G, Morris S, and Lay B. Feedforward Responses of Transversus Abdominis are Directionally Specific and Act Asymmetrically: Implications for Core Stability Theories. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. May 2008; 38(5):228-236.

Posted June 18, 2008 at 10:53PM
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After hosting the Myokinematic Restoration™ course at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Jason Robey brought our attention to a book referenced in our course material. Nature Knows Best, written by Jonathan Isbit, is a book familiar to Jason largely due to where it was written, Boone! Although Isbit was cited in the course manual this is the first opportunity we’ve had to get our hands on the book. You can imagine our excitement when we learned that the entirety of Isbit’s book is about the benefits ofsquatting, a concept covered in all of our courses! We highly recommend you take a look at Natures Platform to read excerpts from this book and to learn more about natural squatting.

Posted June 9, 2008 at 11:04PM
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You can now find PRI Case Studies on our website!

Just click on "Resources” and select “Case Studies” to view.

If you have a case study you would like to submit for posting online, please follow the format that we are currently using and email it to for review!

Posted June 26, 2007 at 9:26PM
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For nearly 70 years, Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox have enjoyed fame of massive proportions, even being named by Eastman Kodak as one of the most photographed icons in the nation. But this year, Paul and Babe will have to get used to the dark — the Bemidji spotlight now shines on a new set of hometown heroes: the men’s and women’s Olympic curling teams.

For the athletes and for the entire Bemidji community, the chance to represent the U.S. in the Olympics was a dream come true. Behind the scenes, though, for two members of the women’s team, this dream — so close to becoming a reality — was slipping away.

Just weeks before they were to fly out to Torino, Jamie Johnson and Maureen Brunt were worried, to say the least. During what should have been key training and preparation time, the women found themselves sitting practice out, nursing painful injuries rather than curling.

Jamie’s pulled hamstring and Maureen’s IT band injury (which caused the muscles of her hip, knee and ultimately her entire left leg to be painful and tight) could not have happened at a worse time. “At practice I was already at the point where I couldn’t curl,” Maureen remembers. “I was so nervous that the injury would be a huge setback in Torino.” Jamie, too, was affected “not only physically, but mentally as well.”

Determined to get back on the ice fast, the women turned to MeritCare Bemidji physical therapists Megan Bollinger and Paula Vigen for help. Vigen had worked with Maureen before, but recognizing the need for immediate results, she consulted Bollinger about a new revolutionary technique called postural restoration. “This technique is designed to improve movement, posture and breathing,” says Bollinger. “It targets the body as a whole by using special exercises and repositioning to help the body function more efficiently as one unit.”

Very aware of the fast-approaching Olympic games, the physical therapists wasted no time in beginning treatment. Attending practices, visiting with the coach, consulting the trainer and guiding and training the women, Bolligner, with Vigen’s support, used postural restoration to quickly get the women back on track. “With this intensive program, we were able to achieve excellent results quickly, accomplishing about two months’ traditional strengthening in just one-and-a-half weeks,” Bollinger says.

Bollinger and Vigen were very pleased with the women’s progress. “It was very exciting to treat these individuals and see the great results that occurred. It’s always rewarding when patients do well after therapy,” says Vigen. No one, however, could have been happier with the outcome than Maureen and Jamie. “The treatment really helped with the pain — it was such a relief!” Maureen noted. For Jamie, the therapy went above and beyond treating her symptoms; it even improved her pre-injury aim. “I learned so much about myself and my body. It [the postural restoration technique] will help me continue to improve my game,” Jamie said.

With the help of the MeritCare Bemidji physical therapists, Jamie and Maureen were able to overcome their injuries, regain their confidence and ultimately live their dream of competing in the Olympic games. During their time in Torino, the women, with the help of their trainer (who received guidance from Bollinger), continued their postural restoration exercises. Neither was bothered by her injury during competition.

Though the Olympics are over, both Jamie and Maureen plan to continue to use the techniques they learned during their treatment, whether injured or not. Jamie, in fact, never intends to stop. “I plan to keep curling for a very long time and I want to be sure my legs and body can keep up,” she says. “I will use the exercises for the rest of my life.”

Like Paul Bunyan and Babe, Jamie, Maureen and their peers on the men’s and women’s Olympic curling teams have become icons. Their hard work, dedication, talent and passion have captured admiration not only in Bemidji, but on a worldwide scale as well. The legend of the Bemidji Olympic curlers, however, is still being written. “The beauty of curling is that there’s always more to strive for,” says Maureen. “Now that we’ve gotten a taste [of the Olympics], we definitely plan to be back.”

Michelle M. Roers
Public Relations & Communications
MeritCare Health System

Posted March 3, 2006 at 10:15PM
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The following article has been added to PRI references for Zone of Apposition.

This article provides evidence that lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) improves spirometric parameters, lung volumes, diaphragm strength, increased diaphragm length (ZOA), and improvement in maximum exercise performance.

PRI techniques performed clinically are the non-surgical avenue for reducing hyperinflation and therefore achieving the same outcomes seen here with surgical intervention.

Lando Y, Boiselle PM, Shade D, Furukawa S, Kuzma AM, Travaline JM, Criner GJ. Effect of lung volume reduction surgery on diaphragm length in severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1999 Mar;159(3):796-805.

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Posted March 3, 2006 at 10:10PM
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