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As we prepare for the first ever PRI Integration for Pediatrics course this October in Chapel Hill, NC it is hard not to be excited! Anyone who works with children on a daily basis knows how rewarding it can be. However, when it comes to getting them to exhale into a balloon, or squeeze a ball between their knees it can become challenging very quickly. Lisa Mangino, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT, PRC has spent countless hours considering the many ways PRI can be incorporated into a Pediatric setting, and through the creation of this particular Affiliate course we can all learn her intervention stragies which she applies to a younger population of patients.

Check out the video below for a sneak peak of some of the ways Lisa incorporates PRI into her practice!

And for more information about this course as well as the dates and locations it is being held, check out the PRI Integration for Pediatrics course page!

Posted August 20, 2019 at 2:41PM

Had a beautiful weekend with Kasey Aikin, DPT, PRC in my home state of Nevada teaching Myokinematic Restoration to a really great group. A big thank you to our generous host at the University of Nevada Sports Medicine, Jay Henke, M.Ed, LAT, ATC. He made us feel right at home in every way and even provided me with a list of his favorite local places to eat, which is a treat for a foodie like me. The University of Nevada Reno is nestled in the mountains and foothills of northwest Nevada, which is something you really need to see if you haven't been. As an alumni of the University of Nevada, I have really come to appreciate the northwestern Nevada beauty of Reno, Carson City and Lake Tahoe. Returning to my home state helped me again appreciate all the great people who live there.

And it was a treat to be able to co-teach with the newest PRI faculty member in training, Kasey Aikin, DPT, PRC. She does a great job with the Myokinematic Restoration course material and is really able to connect with the class attendees. She is from the great state of Texas and she brings a hospitality all her own wherever she goes. It was an honor to get to team-teach this course with her and to get to both teach and learn from her this weekend. She reaffirmed what I already knew about our PRI Faculty, that we are all unique with our own unique gifts, attributes and passions that allow us to connect in special ways with a variety of course attendees. Kasey is definitely passionate and she made the course experience great for everyone in attendance.

PRI Faculty James Anderson and Kasey Akin co-teaching Myokinematic Restoration

This Myokinematic Restoration course material is really useful for all types of clinicians as well as sports medicine and strength and conditioning professionals for a variety of reasons. First, it outlines which muscles are needed for non-compensatory gait mechanics when in the Left AIC Pattern and what the specific deficits are on each side. Second, it explains and outlines the use of Ligamentous Muscle as a powerful resource for stabilizing hip joint or pelvis instabilities. And third, it provides 2 powerful resources, The Hruska Adduction Lift Test and the Hruska Abduction Lift Test, to monitor pelvic and hip gait performance in all 3 dimensions.

Lab practice during the Postural Restoration Institute Myokinematic Restoration course, Reno, NV
 
I was first drawn to the science of Postural Restoration via the material in this course. It challenged my thinking and gave me a structural framework for prescribing movement and outlining performance that I rely on heavily to this day. The course is a great introduction to PRI for people from all backgrounds and it remains one of my favorite to review, utilize and teach.

Posted August 1, 2019 at 7:07PM
Categories: Clinicians Courses Science

PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement found its way in the New England Region again last weekend in Boston, MA. The summer heat was hot, but our group was hotter! No for real, they were great troopers sweating through the weekend of jam packed labs! We had great space to utilize at Northeastern University to get some awesome lab time in. Thank you to the rockstar Huskies Sports Medicine and Sports Performance staff for hosting!! Their hospitality and commitment to excellence is evident and we are grateful for them hosting this course!

As a teacher you have to gather insight from multiple dimensions to evaluate the effectiveness of your course, looking into people’s eyes to make she they are following along in lecture,  having side conversations, and then watching how people participate in lab all are factors. This group rocked coaching each other in the labs!! The application seen in the labs was spot on and most fun to watch.  Our labs focus on training the abs and hamstrings to support posture and respiration and how to keep the asymmetrical human design balanced through the axial frame to best support and maintain the shape and function of the diaphragms, thoracic cage, and pelvis. We added some bonus lab time in and got 40 people to sled push for thoracic retraction and grounding and do lateral side stepping and retro stairs rhythmically in sync with one another to unlock the frontal plane.  It was a fun weekend!

 The PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement has a couple courses left for 2019. If you are interested, click here to register! We will be outside of Columbus, Ohio next month and Northern Colorado in September. Additionally, we are looking for host sites for next year! If you are interested, please contact PRI directly to let them know! 

Posted July 22, 2019 at 4:21PM

Hello PRI nation! This past weekend’s trip to Georgia has reminded me of some of the many ways this Institute called PRI is exceptional. As has always been the case, every organization that is foundational and exceptional is so largely because of its people.

Mentor, friend, PRI faculty team member, and mayor of Mayberry, Mike “Hops” Cantrell, helped me feel at home at Fox Valley Farm in Georgia in more ways than I have room here to describe. The attentive, kind and graceful people who attended the course at Mercer University enjoyed learning and treated this instructor well, with excellent dialogue and focus during didactics and labs. The gentleman who helped set up the course so that we could teach, Mr. Amos Mansfield, enjoyed doing his part to spread the science of PRI to others. This instructor thoroughly enjoyed teaching the science of Pelvis Restoration in the great state of Georgia, as did another friend, mentor and exceptionally bold, popular PRI faculty team member The Jen Poulin (TJP), who came in to teach day two when I was unexpectedly called away. Jen was nothing short of an ace closer last weekend! Thank you Jason Robey for your sense of humor and for that one second pause.

Thank you Jeremy Fradin, Michael Finley, Joni Robertson and several more for your effort and assistance with demonstrations and labs. Thank you to the whole class for your kindness and attentiveness as we navigated Pelvis Restoration theory, terminology, objective tests, facilitation and inhibition strategies to ultimately oppose polyarticular patterns that present initially. There were many reasons for my being there--each of you!

Pelvis Restoration Mercer University Macon Georgia Postural Restoration Institute

Pelvis Restoration Mercer University Macon Georgia Postural Restoration Institute Jesse Ham

Pelvis Restoration Mercer University Macon Georgia Postural Restoration Institute Jen Poulin

Posted July 19, 2019 at 1:34PM
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This past weekend, the Affiliate program got presented in the southern hemisphere as the PRI  integration for Fitness and Movement was hosted in Sydney, Australia!!  I traveled over 10,220 miles (or over 16,447 km) and the very long plane ride across the south pacific was well worth it! Sydney was such a fun city, and it was a pleasure to spend some time with the PRI Australia group.

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - NSW Australia

 I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to share the PRI science with this area of the world.  It is exciting for me to watch attendees connect to a deeper dimension of PRI because I believe it’s in those deeper dimensions of PRI that the magic happens and gaps are bridged.  Attendees from Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Georgia and various parts of Australia were all represented. Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Pilates, Yoga, and Exercise Specialists were all in attendance, with the class being about half and half. Half being exposed to PRI before and the other half were brand new to the science. Needless to say it was a diverse group --- yet all united to learn more about the diaphragm and its influence on posture.

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - Postural Respiration

Regardless of credentials and training, this course is enlightening to help us all remember how to program Respiration and Alternating Reciprocal Activity to enhance Tri-Planar performance patterns (i.e “Functional Fitness”)

 We hit the ZOA hard and discussed it’s role in managing hyperactivity and unnecessary muscle tension. The exercises I introduced focused on shaping the ZOA three dimensionally with respiratory abdominals, along with promoting  expansion, movement and flexibility of the ribcage.  I then emphasized the 5 steps of programming for shaping adaptation and better integration for symmetrical compound lifts.

SYMBA Ribcage PRI Integration for Fitness, NSW Australia

  The 5 steps in this course are presented to help create a framework for programming and organizing how exercises are presented to clients and patients. The 5 steps also help in organizing core stability and symmetry from the diaphragm level outward.

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - Postural Restoration

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - Postural Restoration Institute

I loved seeing the passion and ah-ha moments as attendees connected with the material and got new resources and insights to help progress their clients and patients. I think we will see PRI quickly continuing to grow in this area of the world. Thank you to Mark Obrien and Jason Thomson for hosting. Special thanks to Mark for the hospitality and opening up his brand new facility for us to use. Fit Plus Well is such great hidden gem just south of Sydney. And Jason, thank you for sharing your passion, your insights (nuts, I will always remember your nuts cue) and helping with much of the logistics of the weekend! 

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - Postural Restoration Institute - Jason Thomson

My visit to Australia was fun and I hope to get to come back one day! I could definitely live in Sydney - beaches, city and mountains were all right there. Beautiful coastline. Thank you to all who helped organize the event! Cheers!!

Boston is a city known for its innovation – ranked fifth in the world – likely due in part to the 54 colleges located within the metro area. As so it was that 50 course attendees descended upon the campus of Northeastern University to learn how to apply the innovative concepts of patterned thoraco-abdominal mechanics into their existing treatment paradigms.

Many attendees had Myokinematic Restoration and/or Pelvis Restoration in their wheelhouse, so they were excited to expand upon their understanding of how it is that the diaphragm and rib cage, via directing air flow patterns, enables us to shift our COM to from the left to the right, and back again, for efficient gait.

Discussion of the differences in the neuromuscular behaviors of the right and left hemi-diaphragms, and their profound influence on the nervous system, movement quality, and behavior, are fundamental in PRI courses. This includes the differences in the right and left diaphragm’s Zone of Apposition and its role in rib cage expansion to allow our axial skeleton shift and rotate. Arm swing, when done properly, supports this process, promoting good rib movement and hemi-diaphragm position to reduce fatigue and promote healthy air flow patterns. These concepts were brought to life by the many photos of real patients. Their backgrounds gave insight into why it is they sit, stand, and breathe the way they do.

Of course, we had our own class of individuals who provided insight. Anita Furbush, PT, PRC, and Tyler Tanaka, DPT, PRC, were instrumental in providing clinical pearls and guiding participants during lab. Johnathan Blake, CPT, Amanda Donahue, ATC, Rachel Ferrucci, DPT, Brianna Papotto, ATC, Mansi Shah, DPT, and Sean Sheridan, DPT, kept the questions coming, prompting me to clarify concepts, which benefited the whole class. Thank you to our live “case studies”: Katie Brooks, MA, CPT; Lindsey Rockett, ERYT; and Joshua Robinson, CPT, who allowed us to identify and address the different patterns of polyarticular muscle chain over-activity that a patient/client may present with. Finally, a huge thank you goes out to the folks at Northeastern for hosting: Katie Brooks, Jai Chopra, ATC, Mark Mastone, ATC, CSCS, and Dan Sanzo, ATC, CSCS. Great facility and wonderful group of attendees!

Boston Postural Respiration Course at Northeastern University Postural Restoration Institute

Boston Postural Respiration Course at Northeastern University Postural Restoration Institute

Boston Postural Respiration Course at Northeastern University Postural Restoration Institute

Posted June 17, 2019 at 3:18PM
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Having the opportunity to reflect on some of our PRI Non-Manual techniques that originally were put together back in 2003, with the understanding, consent and support of my gracious patients is always a privilege. A proud one. These photos of patients that have now become engrained and etched in our minds were taken more than 25 years ago, and not with a cell phone. As grainy as some are, and as imperfect as some now appear, they will always be the photos the Institute will use with the respective non-manual technique they are paired with; because they are related to stories, to people with behavioral and biologic history, and to individuals with hope as they struggle to understand and appreciate the steps and desired outcome associated with the technique that they will forever be infamous for. A few weeks ago Josh Olinick PT, PRC who works in Cary, North Carolina saw a patient that came to his clinic for a PRI re-assessment and intervention program. She was seen in 2004 by myself and agreed to have her photo taken for one of the PRI techniques I designed for her and this Institute. Josh, looked at her, and said, “Don’t I know you?” After further discussion, he realized who she was and what technique she was associated with. He sent us an updated picture of her performing the same technique she has been unassumingly known for. It was terrific that she found Josh, and more terrific that he could communicate and approach her the same way that she was treated when I assessed her 15 years ago.

The other person I reflect on every time I have given this workshop (this was the third time), and every time I will give it in the future, is Bobbie Ninneman, oops I mean Rappl.  She was my “Patient Program Coordinator” back in 2003, before she became the Institute’s Clinical Education Coordinator and now our Director of Clinical Development and Public Relations. Her oversight and insight is as important today, as it was then; no matter how many children she and her husband Mark raise. Her ‘children’ and my ‘children’ are also these people and these associated techniques and wording that tie them together. They are stories, events, chapters, accounts, and initiatives that change other people’s lives and processes. These techniques will remain consistent and constant, no matter, who and how many try to change the pictures, wording or association with other activity. Evolution depends on recognition of what started the journey and these techniques make me sentimental and grateful. I am grateful for Bobbie and all the “Bobbies” of my life that preceded anyone’s use of their guidance, consistent content and hope they offer.

Dan Houglum, who knew me before I started the Institute, and is now a faculty member teaching Myokinematic Restoration, summed up his weekend like this...
"The actual activity selected is not as big of an issue as I had originally thought. The real issue is can I reference the activity properly for them so they can sense what the need to sense in that activity. It was so great to be sitting next to Dave because he pointed out that every activity has so many potential 'referents' and 'references' in them, that you can use the same activity for two different patients, but use and reference the activity completely differently for each person to achieve the necessary outcome for that individual."

A few other testimonials shared by course attendees this past weekend...

     "This course should be a requirement for people who use PRI Non-Manual techniques. This course changed how I will practice a lot. Awesome course. Thank you so much!"

     "What an amazing course! Every PRI-minded person must take this. I had no idea how some of the techniques were meant/executed. Thank you very much!"

     "The reference/referents discussion will completely change my patients' experiences with the non-manual techniques.

If you are interested in learning more about the many 'referents' and 'references', and how to integrate them with the PRI Non-Manual Techniques, then I would highly recommend attending this workshop! It will be offered twice again in 2020 (both times in Lincoln, NE), so that I can have my side-kick, Jen Platt assisting me. Jen and I are already looking forward to it, and we hope you will consider joining us!

Ron Hruska PRI Non-Manual Techniques Workshop Postural Restoration Institute

Ron Hruska PRI Non-Manual Techniques Workshop Postural Restoration Institute

Ron Hruska PRI Non-Manual Techniques Workshop Postural Restoration Institute

Posted June 13, 2019 at 7:07PM
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Thank you Ryne Gioviano at Achieve Personal Training and Lifestyle Design for being a great host site to this most recent installment of Impingement and Instability. It’s great to have additional host sites pop up in the Chicago Area, or as several course attendees called it, “The City”. Even though people from many other cities might disagree with Chicagoian's claim to that particular title, we at PRI really appreciate the good people in and around Chicago and are grateful when we are able to meet, teach, and learn from more of them.

Impingement & Instability - Postural Restoration Secondary Course

This course is always a joy to teach because we are able to view and discuss things through a secondary level lens vs the primary level lens the 3 introductory courses are presented in. I like to tell people that this course is an opportunity for us to thank you and reward you for your ongoing commitment to learning the PRI science and your persistence sticking with the primary level material. It is one our first opportunities to have more advanced discussions about the fundamentals behind the PRI science to help you be even more successful with the material you have been learning in the primary level courses. In other words, questions that we might have redirected back to a more fundamental place in a primary course, we are now more than happy to discuss in full detail, with a more complete explanation of why a patient or client may have a particular problem and how we intend to intervene to solve what may be a more compensatory and neurologically unstable version of their original pattern.

Demonstration during PRI Impingement & Instability course

Demonstration time during PRI Impingement and Instability Secondary Course

Instability throughout the body was discussed in context with the lateralized influence of the Left AIC/Right BC Pattern, and the associated bias with neurological reference centers and asymmetrical respiration when in this pattern. A deeper look at the positional components of the gait cycle all the way up the kinetic chain from the calcaneus to the diaphragm on both the left and right sides helped explore these tendencies. We had great participation throughout the class, but a special thanks to Jim Peters, PT for being our model of calcaneal instability and later ankle/hip security after getting into a pair of appropriate footwear. We also were able to explore the scapular instabilities that can emerge when things like the Subscapularis is overlooked, or when the Lower Trap, Upper Trap and Serratus Anterior are functioning in the wrong plane(s) or not functioning at all.

A great weekend with a super great group of dynamic professionals. I would like to specifically thank Vivian Lea for traveling all the way from Hong Kong to be in attendance for this course. I know you had to be in America for other reasons, but even so, it was so awesome to have you with us while you were here. It was our pleasure having you in the course with us. Thank you to Julia Glick, PT from Lakeshore Physical Therapy for again bringing such a great attitude and for continuing to ask so many great questions. Thank you Skip George, DC, PRC for sending Chris Guar-in, CPT all the way from beautiful San Diego, California to take this course. He did a super job learning and participating on both days. He was a clear leader for the class and you would have been proud of him Skip. Also, thank you to Honami Abe, ATC for coming all the way from Southern Methodist University (go Mustangs!) and for your interest in collaborating with other PRI minded professionals in the Dallas area. I know you'll love getting to know Amy Goddard, PT, PRC and her great staff at Go Sports Therapy.

Posted June 10, 2019 at 8:32PM

It was a humbling experience to be on the campus of the Naval Academy teaching Myokinematic Restoration the weekend following Memorial Day. It's a weekend that will resonate with me for a long time for a variety of reasons. I have three relatives who have served in the Navy, so to be on that historical campus was truly a privilege.

It was also a privilege to be able to deliver PRI concepts to a fantastic group of diverse movement professionals. We had ATC's from the Naval Academy as well as from other institutions, LMT, Strength Coaches, PT's, and DC's. Mike Barnard, DC, it was truly an honor to meet you and I thank you for your questions and contributions to the course. With such a diverse crowd, we were permitted to expand our conversation points around many scopes of interest and practice.

Our course was held in Akerson Tower at the football field. During our course, the artificial field turf was being pulled up and removed. It was an apt backdrop for our course because, not unlike the football field, PRI was peeling off layers of preconceived notions in the minds of the course attendees. Once the truth of human asymmetry was revealed and the ramifications of it, we were able to start delivering a new layer of Myokinematic and neuromechanic foundation that they will be able to build on top of moving forward in their PRI journey.

Another unique revelation for me this past weekend occurred when fellow PRI Faculty member, Louise Kelley, and I met for dinner, and she brought her husband, Bruce. I can confirm, Bruce does exist, and we had a wonderful time Saturday night.

My thanks to Nate Nester, Jill Tender, Laurie Johnson, Ryan Carr, Greer Mackie, Vikram Somal, Christine Von Ulrich, and Johnathan Blake for their questions and their willingness to allow us to learn from them. Johnathan is going to be in attendance next weekend when Louise Kelly teaches Postural Respiration in Boston, which is going to be awesome! Cindy Anderson, PT, PRC, was invaluable during the lab portions of the class, as well as providing her valuable insight to delivering PRI concepts.

Progressing through the L AIC pattern, potential pathology that can result, and which muscles can and cannot work because of the position they are in is a lot for anyone new to PRI to digest. But we had many, many attendees who were able to digest the "why", so progressing into the testing and treatment portions of the class were relatively seamless. We were afforded a lot of time for lab, which allowed the attendees to experience getting onto their L side for the first time in a long time. This particular Myokin class will stand out for me because of where we were, the time of year, the symbolism of the football field turf being peeled away, and how stellar the class attendees were. It was a privilege to be among you.

Myokinematic Restoration Postural Restoration Institute at the US Naval Academy Football Stadium

Myokinematic Restoration Postural Restoration Institute at the US Naval Academy Football Stadium

Postural Restoration Institute Dan Houglum Louise Kelley Bruce Kelley

Posted June 4, 2019 at 7:55PM
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This past weekend I spent some time at this famous institution teaching Myokinematic Restoration. I’d like to take this opportunity and commemorate a moment and talk about perspectives. The moment that I am commemorating is the weekend I got to spend mentoring Kasey Aikin PT, DPT, PRC, as she journeys toward independence as an instructor for the Institute. The perspective to which I refer is Kasey’s and mine, which I imagine will differ a bit. Kasey participated as a lab assistant along with the capable mind of THE Donna Behr PT, MS, DPT, PRC, who so many of you already know. But Kasey also had an additional task. She was not just learning or refining her PRI/Myokinematic skills, she was also learning to be an instructor, so this weekend becomes even more important for her from that perspective. As I spoke of specifics like L AF IR, the AIC, FA IR, management of specific diagnoses and refining skills like the Hruska Adduction Lift Test, Kasey was...absorbing, processing, smiling, reinforcing, thinking and determining how she could best teach the material. I admired what I saw as she worked toward her goal of being an instructor. She could, I think, have taken some of the material at any given moment and presented it. I would’ve enjoyed seeing her do it. Soon, she will. I imagine she will be quite edgy when she does but I think the class to whom she speaks will benefit greatly from her now-forming style. I invited Kasey to write about this weekend from her perspective and the ensuing words you see are from her. As for Wellesley College...put me down as grateful to have been there and I thank you Tim Snyder MS, ATC, LAT for being a great host.

From Kasey:

Walking into a PRI course as a “student” with Mike Cantrell has always been a guarantee of gaining several pearls of wisdom applicable day one while at the same time a comedy relief deciphering his southern similes and metaphors. This course was no different minus my mindset this go round as I wasn’t just a “student” anymore. The crew attending were primarily from the northeast so it’s always neat leaving the south and finding common ground with people on the other side of the country. Lab assisting with Donna Behr was awesome, she may be the nicest lady living in Boston. Seeing the light bulb moments of the attendees go off during lab is always the thrilling part of PRI and what continues to bring anyone back to PRI courses time and time again. The New York “triplets” were super enthused with the material and I’m always impressed to see strength and conditioning specialists diving into Myokin. The Maine crew had excellent questions and honed in on their testing skills. Overall, what an enriching experience while trying to navigate presenting the intricate science of PRI to do it justice. Thanks to all the attendees for the thought provoking questions and Mike Cantrell for continued mentorship and support!

Wellesley College Myokinematic Restoration Postural Restoration Institute

Hruska Adduction Lift Test Mike Cantrell Postural Restoration Institute

Wellesley College Myokinematic Restoration Postural Restoration Institute

Posted May 24, 2019 at 5:10PM
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