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Lima, Ohio. Home of the KewPee Burger!

This weekend I travelled to Lima Ohio to teach my last course of 2019. It is not the easiest site to get to, but it was so worth the effort. This course had 18 attendees of varying backgrounds. It’s nice to teach to a group of professionals with different perspectives. There were PT’s, PTA’s, Chiropractic Physicians, Athletic Trainers, Strength Coaches and a Pilates Instructor.  


We spent the weekend discussing optimizing patterns, breathing and compensations of the Pelvic girdle as they relate to frontal plane control of Inlets and Outlets. Most of the attendees were new to the science so teaching this integrated introductory course allows us to explore the integration of thoracic diaphragmatic breathing with Pelvis respiration to balance posture and gait.  Pelvis Restoration is known for its complex acronyms. I tried to move away from overuse of acronyms, and discussed proper position of inlets and outlets during upright function. I think this helped the new learner shift their perspective from orthopeadic thinking to the neurologic ANS control of patterns.

On Sunday, “Treatment Day!”, we discussed a pathway for treatment of the L AIC, PEC and the  Patho PEC patterned individual. We explored the triplanar position of the iliacus as it relates to swing and stance and sacro-iliac dysfunction. This is always an awesome opportunity to bring concepts of inhibition and activation of the same muscle in different planes of movement. This course allows me to dive deep into rabbit roles of pelvic respiration and thoracic diaphragm position. We had a great time integrating breathing throughout the weekend. By Sunday afternoon, the light bulbs were going off as were the “Ah-Ha” moments.

I enjoyed the banter with both Jason Russell, DC and Nick Goins, DC throughout the weekend. They were my Glut Gait guys! Jason, be nicer to Nick!
Carri Baumback, PT took her first course 10 years ago with Ron and brought her co-worker and friend Cynthia Nieberding, PT. It was great having them in the front row, not afraid to ask questions! Next time we have dinner ladies!

Alex Maag and his staff took very good care of me and our class. The interest in PRI in that great state of Ohio is growing. I look forward to seeing these clinicians grow and develop their PRI knowledge.


“When you go to Lima, you eat a KewPee Burger and rub the babies belly” - James Anderson
Well, I ate the burger but couldn’t reach the belly. Next time…..

Posted November 6, 2019 at 4:42PM
Categories: Clinicians Courses Science

Robert Newhelfen, DC, founder of Motus Integrative Health, describes his clinic as “a full integrative health clinic bringing new and unique treatment options to the people of Northwest Indiana.” In keeping with this vision, his clinic hosted Postural Respiration, a unique and integrative approach to addressing postural influences of rib torsion, inconsistent breathing patterns, habitual use of accessory respiratory musculature, and a positionally-restricted diaphragm. As in most PRI courses, we had an interdisciplinary group of course attendees, comprised of PTs, chiropractors, ATCs, and strength and conditioning experts in professional baseball and soccer. Also in attendance was Ruth Hennessey, MM, a vocal specialist well-known in the world of singing. Thank you, Ruth, for your insights into how singers develop faulty breathing strategies and retain undesirable tension that can affect their voice.

   

From the get-go, we discussed human asymmetry, most notably of the right and left hemi-diaphragms, leading to predictable patterns of muscle activity and movement. Our inherent asymmetry gives us a starting point from which we  shift our bodies and rotate. It is what an infant relies on to make its way from the womb to the external world. This applies to every developmental milestone, from crawling to running. However, when patterned muscle activity "goes rogue", from too much sitting or engaging in the same, repetitive activities, day in and day out, the results are patterned restrictions, injury, and fatigue.  

Course attendees served as one another’s case studies as they compiled PRI objective data to assess for both lower and upper body neuromuscular dys-synchrony and to guide treatment. Thank you to Rebecca Custer, DPT, and Wynne Conklin, CPT, our templates for the entire class for right BC over-activity and its pathological sibling, superior T4 syndrome. We discussed how this syndrome limits first rib mobility. The first rib is the driver behind the mechanics of the entire thorax and, therefore, must remain mobile! This course was updated a year ago. It includes a new test for the brachial chain as well as where, when, and what inhibition techniques fit into the treatment scheme. If you haven’t taken Postural Respiration in a while, it’s time for a refresher!


 
Thank you everyone for your thoughtful questions. Nate Kloosterman, DPT, OCS, gets the prize for most questions asked, keeping this instructor on her toes. A special thank you goes to Adrian Gutierrez, DC, for handling the set-up, food, sign-in, etc.   You were a gracious host and helped make this weekend an enjoyable experience.

Posted November 5, 2019 at 4:16PM
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FINALLY!  The long-awaited first offering of the PRI Integration for Pediatrics course is in the books!  James and I had a great time with 8 therapists who are new to PRI, including one pediatric Speech Language Pathologist and one pediatric Occupational Therapist. James did an awesome job making sure the new folks were understanding the PRI language and science, and the experienced PRI-trained clinicians and 7 PRC’s mentioned enjoying the review... there are always old concept to reconsider!

We unveiled the 8 component “Desired Sequential Movement” (DSM) reference guide to aid in treatment planning and exercise progression for 2 groups of pediatric patients, depending on their level of abilities. Of course, there were lots of fun photos and videos of adorable kiddos to entertain, enjoy and to help us teach. A big shout out to all my pediatric “models” who helped explain these fun, kid-friendly tests and techniques this weekend! And thanks to my home clinic, Advance Physical Therapy, Susan Henning, PT, PRC, Joe Belding, PT, PRC and crew for creating a comfortable environment with the best snacks around. And, last but not least a HUGE thanks to Danielle Wild who came in from home to help with commuter issues over the weekend!

See what others had to say about this inaugural course below!

"Last weekend I attended the first ever Pediatrics Affiliate Course written and presented by Lisa Mangino and James Anderson. I literally had been waiting all year for this course! It did not disappoint. My entire career I have worked with an adolescent to adult population. This is my comfort zone. In what appear to happen gradually, but then started smacking me in the face was the age of my patient was getting younger and younger. I have raised to 2 daughters, so I know kids, right? Wrong. I found myself challenged to switch gears from doing what I knew with adults and applying it to kids. The little wiggle worms do not like to lay on a table and have tests performed on them. They want to explore and play. I was at a loss. When I heard Lisa was going to be writing this course, I just couldn’t wait. Last weekend the wait was over and they did not disappoint. I left there with simple tests that I could use with my littles, as I like to call them. Cool fun techniques that will allow them to play and me to treat. What was even better is I can apply these tests to my “Big Littles” too. It really starts with Pediatrics. If we can begin to change their patterns young, we can prevent a lifetime of pain and compensations. Do not feel like you have to treat kids to take this course. I have maybe 2-3 on my caseload now, but feel I have the tools to help my adults too. Can’t wait to whip out my new toys and tools to help my littles. Balloons, bubbles, stickers, markers, games and puff balls! How fun!
James is an excellent mentor, I know first hand about that! The interaction and flow between James and Lisa was awesome. James sets the stage of PRI concepts in a simple way that I wish I had heard early in my PRI evolution. He is a gifted teacher.  Lisa is a humble, gracious teacher. I really could listen to her all day. She is knowledgeable, answers questions well and really is a gift to her patients, and now her PRI students. Sign up now, this course will surely be a sell out." - Jen Poulin, PT, PRC

"I have been asking for a PRI course focused on pediatrics for years, and this course was everything I'd hoped it to be, and more! An excellent introduction to PRI and the science if you are new to PRI, and serves as a thorough refresher for those of us who are familiar with it. I am excited to try out the new functional tests with my pediatric patients and I'm confident that they are equally as effective tests for an adult population. The names and modifications to PRI exercises for a pediatric population and thoughtful and creative. The cues and ideas for active play were insightful and can be applied to patients requiring a high level of assistance all the way to those who have the highest function. I feel some of the cues would even be beneficial for our adults to achieve proper positioning! I highly recommend this course for those working in a pediatric population, but I also know many adults that are "big kids," and this is helpful for those patients too!" - Sarah Luin, PT, DPT, PRC, BSPTS Schroth Certified Therapist (C1)

This past weekend I travelled up to Cranston Rhode Island to teach Myokinematics of the Hip and Pelvis. Elite Physical Therapy was hosting their first PRI course! They had several clinicians in attendance and Ryan Toher, DPT was a great host. They were all new to the science of PRI as were 90% of the course attendees. This was a larger class with  45 clinicians in the room. I was joined by Miguel Aragoncillo, CSCS, PRT and Tyler Tanaka, DPT PRC as my lab assistants. They did a great job offering help during labs and comments from their experiences during lecture. The class was made up of mostly rehab professionals and strength and conditioning specialists. It was super fun meeting Tyler’s college friend Daniel Gardner, DPT aka “Gator” and helping him begin his PRI journey!

As hard as it is to be away from family and friends on the weekends and the rigors of travel, I am always excited to see the light bulbs and Ah Ha moments that new clinicians experience learning about autonomics, breathing and polyarticular chains as it relates to concepts of lateralization, habit and movement dysfunction. I enjoyed meeting my front row newly inducted PRI front row Trisha Livemore, DPT, Steve( CSCS) and Amanda Zariello,DPT, Valerie Perron, LPTA, LMT, Elizabeth Johnson, MPT, ATC and Anne Ruffus, DPT, CSCS.

A very special shout out goes to Gustavo Woff, PT who flew 15 hours from Argentina to take his first PRI course this weekend. It is so inspiring to be part of the PRI Faculty and watch it grow and spread throughout the world.  I am truly honored to be a part of the process.

Alpine Physical Therapy has been the center of advanced PRI courses for over two years. The three amigos, Chris "Murph" Murphy, DPT, PRC, Jeremiah Ferguson, DPT, PRC and Eli Zygmuntowicz, DPT, PRC hosted Cervical Revolution at their facility this past weekend and it was a pleasure seeing the guys again and having their support hosting this course. Cervical Revolution has been evolving for the past two years with course manual changes, thanks in a large part to Jason Masek, MSPT, PRC, and his diagram of the atlas and occipital bone in the left and right TMCC pattern. One of the biggest learning challenges in any PRI course is to connect a pattern to position and have a tri-planer picture in mind from a two dimension drawing from a book. Jason's description is a vital learning tool to understand position of atlas relative to occiput before the discussion of occiput on atlas in a patho-mechanical compensation called right torsion occurs.  

Postural Restoration Cervical Revolution course

In addition, several revisions to the course manual have been made with the help of Ron Hruska and Mike Cantrell to make this course flow even better.   The emphasis has become even greater on the O/A junction being the driving factor for autonomics, cranial position and especially oscillatory lateralized function. The connection with the L AIC, R BC, R TMCC and LSB cranial position, and the need to alternate and reciprocate, was integrated deeply this past weekend with ample lab time and insightful clinical discussion.

Cervical Revolution Postural Restoration

Attendees in the course included six PRC's as well as practitioners on the verge of becoming PRC's with much PRI exposure and practice.  Along with the "veterans" there were practitioners with just a few PRI courses under their belts including PT's, myofunctional speech therapists, and strength and conditioning personal with a strong emphasis on working with baseball players from little league to the pro's.  Joseph Yousefian, DDS, an orthodontist, was in attendance for his first PRI course.  He was thrown right in the middle of PRI nation and was such a valuable voice when it came to occlusion and a dentist's perspective.  In this course the discussion on occlusion is one that is interdisciplinary, and that more often than not, we need to work with a specific dentist to help with occlusion to "free up" a neck and let it revolve!

Thank you to all attendees and especially Murph, Jeremiah and Eli. I also want to thank Ron and Mike for their mentorship over the past two years. They have been so generous in their time and energy helping me understand the content and learn how to teach Cervical Revolution. This was my first solo Cervical Revolution as a faculty member and it was such a rewarding experience to be so well prepared with the help of Ron and Mike. Also, thank you to Jennifer Platt, MPT, PRC for all of your mentorship, emails and phone calls in this learning process!

If you have attended Myokinematic Restoration in the past, but not since the course received a make-over in 2016, I suggest you strongly consider attending. If you haven't started your PRI journey, this course is one of the PRI introductory courses, and is a great way to begin that journey. A couple of changes that were made in 2016 that I appreciate compared to the version I first took in 2004 are that now we have a lot more time for lab, we are able to discuss and spend time in lab on both of the Hruska Lift tests, and we are discussing some ankle mechanics related to the L AIC pattern.

 

This most recent Myokin class is an excellent representative sample of these changes.  This class was nearly 40% lab.  So everyone was able to find, feel, and experience the muscles required to inhibit the L AIC pattern.  We were able to spend a solid amount of time on the Hruska ABD and ADD Lift tests with lab and explanation of both tests.  And we had a lively discussion about how calcaneal position and mechanics influence and are influenced by the L AIC pattern.

This class had a lot of great participation, as every single participant asked a question, which helps everyone learn. My thanks to Ken Guzzardo for hosting our course. My thanks to Amy Corbin, Amanda McDevitt, Jaclyn Marino, Ivan Salazar, Kristian Flores, Aidan Scotland, and Jamil Skakoor for their excellent questions and re-states. Really, my thanks to all the course attendees for their interest and many awesome questions.  

It was a true pleasure to have Neal Hallinan as the lab assistant. He's a PRI Black Belt, and he's speaking at Interdisciplinary Integration in April 2020. He's going to kill it! 

Posted October 28, 2019 at 4:48PM
Categories: Clinicians Courses Science

On page 16 of the Cranial Resolution manual, there is a bullet I wrote that states ‘If we don’t balance rotational events through hemispheric oscillation, occipital alternation or lateralized rhythm, we remain resolved to compensate for our rewarded over-reaction and autonomic drive to repeat.’ 

Yet there were 14 PRCs, 1 PRT and the rest of the class who have taken a minimum of 7 PRI courses. Needless to say, they were “repeaters”. Their drive to continue to learn how to balance rotation with frontal oscillation is on a continuum. The host couple emulates this drive. Thank you Josh and Katie Olinick for hosting another PRI course in the manner you did. (The coffee was just a tad bit cold. Just kidding. I did not need the sugar. Your sweetness diffused into my body before my first sip.) Your hospitality and reception is truly reflective of “home”. Sangini Rane PT, PRC thank you for bringing a patient for all of us to evaluate and make suggestions reflecting autonomics and the course material. Everything about this course I love. The material has been strengthened over my last 30 years of clinical practice. And the messages are being delivered to a body of people who now can appreciate what my autonomic and somatic nervous systems were integrating 30 years ago, with a platform, called ‘PRI’. Any time I get a hug from Susan Henning PT, PRC I feel better than a cold cup of coffee. 

Thank you Forward Fitness (Mike) for hosting Pelvis Restoration this past weekend. Fourteen healthcare and fitness practitioners were attending their FIRST PRI course. Seasoned PRI course attendees were also present and helpful for our newbies. I am more convinced than ever getting a sound foundation and understanding of the three primary PRI courses helps us the most clinically to assist our patients, athletes and clients.

Appreciation of PRI objective tests and how they demonstrate PRI neutrality, need for clinical inhibition of muscle, frontal plane integration, and restoring the human gait pattern for a reciprocal and alternating pelvis were capitalized this past weekend. Most importantly, hitting home how the respiratory and pelvic diaphragm and synchronization of the left and the right side for integration of all the above to occur.

I truly appreciate all that attended and sacrificed a weekend away from family and friends to learn. It was a beautiful fall weekend, but we rocked it inside learning and developing our skills.

A shout out to Jon, Tim, and Nancy who brought treatment tables. Nancy Hammond my amazing lab assistant, your passion for PRI is inspiring. Again, thank you Mike for hosting your first PRI course. It was truly humbling to teach you all.

Lori Thomsen Pelvis Restoration St. Louis 2019 Postural Restoration Institute

Pelvis Restoration St. Louis 2019 Postural Restoration Institute

Posted October 17, 2019 at 6:15PM
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Essex Junction, VT

Home of Essex Physical Therapy and it’s famous PRC Owner Estelle Leclair MSPT, PRC. Estelle’s clinic has the only modern PRISM pool in the country!  Impact Physical Medicine and Aquatic Center in St. Paul, MN has the original prototype and Essex has the latest state-of-the-art iteration of the famous PRISM Pool. Yes, the one developed by Ron Hruska. Estelle and her husband Jeff decided that it was time to truly move forward and be the first in the nation to put into action this amazing PRI-based pool! I got in it and it was awesome!

During the weekend while I was there I taught Impingement and Instability (I&I) to about 30 great clinicians and we had more fun than a clown on fire!! For those of you not familiar, I&I is a deep-dive advanced course that explores exactly WHY people impinge body parts and have pain. You may be thinking that I am making it sound as though they have a choice. They DO! We choose to impinge and if you ever make it to this class you will discover not only WHY but also what to do about it. You will learn that every orthopaedic site of Impingement is actually the end result of neurologic phenomena. Sound wack?!  Listen to what one of the attendants said from this past weekend in VT. “I cannot believe that we could so easily correct what seems to be hard and fast positioning! Your demonstrations sealed the deal for me! I will NEVER look at a rotator cuff impingement syndrome the same again...EVER!!” You can also find yourself seeing the light through a lovely purple filter as well by taking this course. Oh, and if you’ve taken it before, keep in mind: A lot may have changed since then so it may be time to revisit!  God bless you all!!

Posted October 15, 2019 at 4:26PM
Categories: Courses Clinicians Science

If you’ve taken Cervical Revolution please raise your hand. Ok, for those of you who did not raise your hand I’ve got to say...BOY YOU MISSED A GOOD ONE IN CHICAGO!!! 

Pilates Central hosted the class and all of you know Dan-the-man-Houglum MSPT, ATC/L, PRC and Donna Parise Byrne PT, OCS, PRC who are good PRI instructors in their own rite. Well, together with Liesel Brown PT they ran the show for this installment of Cervical Rev. in Chicago. Oh and listen, if you go out to eat with Dan, make sure there’s plenty of meat being served! 

We had 22 folks in the class. Among us was one dentist named Joe Fischerhahm DMD and he is fascinated with all things airway and added a nice layer of depth to my teaching. Joe is a super nice guy and obviously a great dentist. Additionally, we had a representative from the AAPMD named Lenore Morrissey MPT, DPT, OCA, FC. Lenore shared a number of thoughts about airway and the upcoming AAPMD conference to be held in Nashville. Some of you may know that Ron Hruska will be presenting there. Y’all, we had such a good time this weekend and I can’t even describe it (which is odd for me because many will say that I am usually not at a loss for words!🤣). What I CAN say is that this Cervical Revolution class is a true game changer.

Ever wonder HOW it is that a dentist can help you manage your back pain patients? Or your knee pain patients for that matter. Did you know that there are strain patterns in your skull that place pressure on your individual cranial bones? IT MATTERS! IT IS TREATABLE! Many times you don’t even NEED a dentist! Most times actually! Did you know that there’s a certain type of device that PRI recommends, that a dentist can make, that goes in your mouth and this device, called a PRI MOOO, (Mandibular Occipital Occlusal Orthotic) can cause your neck to finally have a normal curve? Game changer! MOOO? No, it has nothing to do with cows. This weekend’s class was truly inspiring from the input from the class, to the chocolates we had, I was inspired:

A class held at Pilates Central,
Had us all feeling quite a bit mental.
The class was inspiring,
And our brain cells were firing.
Realizing that necks can be dental.

Go figure and God bless. Wish Ron good luck at the upcoming AAPMD in Nashville. In the meantime, PLEASE register for Cervical Revolution as soon as you can. It is truly fantastic course!

Posted October 4, 2019 at 4:25PM
Categories: Courses Science
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