Over the past couple weeks, a few PT's from across the country have emailed me this story from the New York Times Health and Science Blog.The title of the story "Think Like a Doctor: The Gymnast’s Big Belly Solved" has caught the attention of several viewers. The final diagnosis involves a faulty diaphragm and pelvic floor. If you find this case interesting, you might be interested in attending our Pelvis Restoration course!

Also, a reminder.....if you find an interesting article or news story and would like to share it with other PRI colleagues, you can now submit an entry with the link to the article on the Community page of our new website!

Posted September 19, 2013 at 2:34PM
Categories: Articles Patients

Well, once again I feel that I have neglected my summer reading series, but I hope to get a couple more posts completed yet this month. On Friday afternoon, one of PRI’s Twitter followers, tweeted a great article, which has now been added to the PRI Resource Center. AJ’s tweet attached to the article read “This is why head/neck position matters for all exercises including lower body.”

Some of you may have already seen this article which was published in the Chiropractic & Osteopathy Journal in 2005. The article, “Reflex control of the spine and posture: A review of the literature from a chiropractic perspective” does a great job summarizing the influence of visual and vestibular input on static upright posture. To read this article, CLICK HERE!

Posted August 19, 2013 at 4:24PM
Categories: Articles

This week I came across a good reference article on hamstring injuries, The Management of Hamstring Injury - Part 1: Issues in Diagnosis. The discussion on anatomy and biomechanics is well written, as is the section on body mechanics. Great to see some discussion on the influence of lumbar-pelvic mechanics! If you are interested in the etiology and rehabilitation of hamstring injuries, this article also has an extensive reference list!

In relation to this article, I have also attached another reference, Hamstring Injuries Require Triplanar Assessment co-authored by Ron Hruska for Biomechanics in 2003.

Posted July 18, 2013 at 4:05PM
Categories: Articles

We are SO excited to show you this recent published article on the “Clinical Application of the Right Sidelying Respiratory Left Adductor Pull Back Exercise”.  Kyndall Boyle,PT, PhD, OCS, PRC does a fantastic job describing why this technique is used and what outcome it achieves.  Check it out HERE!

Posted June 27, 2013 at 6:35PM
Categories: Clinicians Articles

This week’s featured article found in the PRI Resource Center is “Occlusion, orthodontics and posture: are there evidences? The example of scoliosis.” If you integrate with a dentist or orthodontist, or would like to learn more about the relationship between posture and occlusion, be sure to check out this article. In addition to providing correlations between indiopathic scolios and dento-skeletal characteristics, this article is a great systematic review referencing nearly 100 articles related to this subject!

Posted June 26, 2013 at 6:40PM
Categories: Articles

This week’s featured read “Chest Mobilization Techniques for Improving Ventilation and Gas Exchange in Chronic Lung Disease” is a chapter from a book that Ron brought to me a couple weeks ago to add to the PRI Resource Center. This chapter, written by Donrawee Leelarungrayub from Thailand provides a great overview of the biomechanical considerations of the ribcage and thoracic spine. In addition, the author cited a 2008 case study published by PRC therapist Holly Spence in his discussion of the effectiveness of chest wall mobilization programs.

In addition to being filed in the PRI Resource Center, we have also added it to the reference material for the Postural Respiration course!

Since summer has finally arrived (according to the weather in Nebraska at least!), it’s time to start a new weekly reading series where I will be featuring a blog story each week to highlight an article or book from the PRI Resource Center! This week’s article, An Integrated Approach for Treating the OB Patient: Treating the Five Diaphragms of the Body, Part 1 is a hidden gem that I found when tagging articles with key words.

The article, written by Ken Johnson, DO in 1991 discusses the anatomical relationships of what he considers the “five diaphragms of the body”. This includes the arches of the feet, pelvis diaphragm, respiratory diaphragm, Sibson’s fascia covering the thoracic inlet, and the tentorium cerebelli. Needless to say, this article is a great reference for several PRI courses, including Pelvis Restoration and Postural Respiration.

Please feel free to share your comments on this article! If you have any hidden gem or new articles that you have come across lately, please email me and let me know!

Posted June 11, 2013 at 8:35PM
Categories: Articles

As I browsed Facebook last night, I came across a couple PRC colleagues (thanks Torin Berge and Emily Soiney) who had shared this NY Times article “Growing Left, Growing Right” with their friends. The title was enough to catch my attention, but then I read this quote “Visible signs of left-right asymmetry in the human body are apparent around six weeks (embryonic).” I instantly shared it with my friends, but couldn’t wait to share it with Ron this morning. “WOW!” were the words from his mouth.

Check out this article if you haven’t seen it already!

Posted June 4, 2013 at 8:52PM
Categories: Articles

A PRI course attendee, Lilla Marhefka sent me this recent article on the right diaphragm function in subjects experiencing chronic low back pain with structural spine disorders and in those who have no history of low back pain or structural disorders (control group). Diaphragm motion and shape was recorded from MRI recordings when postural demands on the body were increased (hip flexion demands were increased). A statistical analysis showed that the diaphragm respiratory and postural changes were significantly slower, bigger in size and better balanced in the control group.  When a load was applied to the lower limbs, the pathological subjects were mostly not able to maintain the respiratory diaphragm function, which was lowered significantly. Subjects from the control group showed more stable parameters of both respiratory and postural function. In their conclusion, the researchers state that the facts also support the ability of the diaphragm to play a key role in maintaining the good stability of the trunk. It is also important that they were able to separate the phases of diaphragm movement.  Postural motions of the diaphragm could predict dispositions to vertebrogenic problems or could help when seeking to correct these problems. This is an excellent research study that supports PRI philosophy and principles. Thank you Lilla!

Posted May 29, 2013 at 9:35PM
Categories: Articles

Ron recently read this excellent article in the spring 2013 issue of the International Journal of Orthodontics. This article has been added to the reference material for the Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration course, and Ron utilized it when discussing the importance of the tongue in this past weekend’s course in Cary, NC.

To give you some insight of this article, here is one of the (many) sentences that Ron highlighted when reading this article:
“Every dentist needs to know what has caused the malocclusion that he is going to treat. In other words, one has to know the muscles, structures, attachments, forces, balances, imbalances, resting and swallowing tongue positions.”

This article is an excellent read for anyone interested in Postural Restoration and integrating with dentists or orthodontists in their community. As Ron mentions in the Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration course, the tongue is the best orthotic we have. This article discusses in depth tongue resting position and tongue swallowing positions and how the tongue influences the development of malocclusions.

Loudon, ME. The origin and development of malocclusions. When, where and how dental malocclusions develop. Int. J. Orthodontics. 2013; 24(1):57-65.

CLICK HERE to receive information on receiving this article. 

Posted May 9, 2013 at 3:31PM
Categories: Articles Courses
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