We have added an additional Impingement & Instability course to the 2014 schedule in Woodbury, Minnesota. The course is scheduled for March 29-30th. CLICK HERE to register. We anticipate this course will fill quickly, so be sure to get your seat reserved soon!

Posted December 30, 2013 at 8:30PM
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For those traveling to Lincoln this week for the annual Advanced Integration course, I would recommend packing layers of clothing as the forecast looks like a cold one!

Posted December 4, 2013 at 4:36PM
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The 2014 PRI Programs & Courses Brochure is finished. CLICK HERE to view a digital copy! The brochures will also be mailed out in the next two weeks. Also inlcuded in this year's brochure are the PRI Affiliate Courses and PRI Vision Courses.

Posted November 27, 2013 at 9:25PM
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I spent the weekend in Phoenix, Arizona for Impingement and Instability, and as expected, the room was full of expert clinicians and expert performance professionals who also turned out to be a lot of fun. Nate from the Arizona Diamondbacks had my number before I even got off the plane because he had seen my home study Myokinematic Restoration course and had some feelings about the “Going Gainesville” story I used in the video. Turns out, he attended the University of Florida and is a first class Gator-lover.  After taking a jab at my alma mater, UNLV, and then realizing that I was just as fun as he is, he gave me a wink and asked if I would join him for a picture with his 7½ foot Alligator he just happened to have in his truck.  We all decided to give a nod to the U of F and abduct our right hips with our right ab wall and right vastus lateralis for the picture, (even Allen Gruver’s sons can Go Gainesville!).

Our discussion of Reference Center Integration for this course started in the posterior mediastinum with a picture of the thoracic sympathetic ganglia and a demonstration to help us appreciate the problem with the flat thoracic spine and hyperextension postures.  It became clear that neurology starts and stops in the posterior mediastinum with thoracic flexion and symmetrical patterns of breathing.  I even taught Lance, a student physical therapist a new pick up line for all of his potential girlfriends with a flat thoracic spine/superior T4 syndrome.  If the autonomics are overactive toward the sympathetic side of performance, you’ve gotta tell her, “baby, your ganglia are hot!”  Someone’s gotta tell her why she’s so extended.

Posted November 22, 2013 at 7:43PM
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Wellsboro, PA (Myokinematic Restoration) - I had a great weekend teaching a Myokinematics of the Hip and Pelvis in Wellsboro, PA.  Wellsboro is a quaint little town home to the Grand Canyon!  Who knew? The majority of the group of PT’s, ATC’s and massage therapists were all taking their first PRI course. It never gets old watching new clinicians switch gears from an orthopedic mindset to the power of Respiration and Neurology. I often find a few clinicians that become “My Key Muscles” for the course. Here I am flanked by two good sports, Dan the Man Right Glut Max on my right and Eyebrows Eric was my Left Glut Medius. I just love teaching this course for the Postural Restoration Institute. I look forward to taking a break from a busy fall schedule to spend time with my family and enjoy the holiday season! Thanks to all my students in 2013 for sharing their insights and laughing at my not always funny jokes! Peace.- Jen Poulin

Salem, OR (Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration) - "This TMCC course was enhanced not only by the forward thinking, well-prepared attendees, but by a cranio-mandibular dentist who contributed greatly. What a great opportunity for future course attendees....find a local dentist to work with and get them to come to the course with you. Salem Health is a great host site! This course will continue to evolve in the future and bridge thoracic-pelvic treatment to cranio function and OA position, as a result of experiences that I had at Salem and will have at other future presentations." - Ron Hruska

Posted November 15, 2013 at 7:24PM
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Tucson, Arizona in November is just about as good as it gets for comfortable weather and I enjoyed every minute. I had a great weekend seeing some old friends and discussing hot topics like breathing, the posterior mediastinum and human performance while teaching the Postural Respiration course. I saw this awesome license plate cover in the parking lot on the way into the course and knew it was going to be a great weekend.  Anyone who asks if you can ”inhale in a state of exhalation” is definitely into muscle inhibition, autonomic control via the diaphragm and tri-planar performance.

A big thank you to Brett Johnson and Maximum Impact Physical Therapy for hosting and to a very enthusiastic group of therapy, training, performance, and strength professionals. Five major league baseball organizations were represented and I got to see my old friend, Jimmy “The Pioneer” Southard of the Seattle Mariners. Thanks for fanning the flame Jimmy. You’re awesome. 

Thoracic flexion was the heart and soul of our 2 day discussion.  A greater appreciation for the location of the sympathetic trunk/ganglion in the posterior mediastinum and the neurologic impact on all body systems when this ganglion gets compressed helped us understand the far reaching negative impact of promoting extension.  And how else are you going to unlock the transverse plane performance that we all need for doing things like pitch a baseball?

Posted November 6, 2013 at 9:41PM
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If you are hoping to attend the Advanced Integration course in Lincoln, NE on December 5-8th, I would recommend registering soon! Only 8 spots remain available for this four day course, which is offered only once a year. You can register online or by calling us at 888-691-4583!

Posted November 4, 2013 at 9:18PM
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O Canada! Cue the National Anthem! This weekend I was accompanied by my friend and colleague, Josh Olinick, PT, PRC as my lab assistant. I enjoyed submersing myself in the “PRI think tank”  with Josh on the way to Windsor, Ontario. We read and reviewed the latest article that was found and posted on the PRI webite by Jason Masek, “The Effect of Pelvic Tilt on Radiographic Markers of Acetabular Coverage”.  What a great addition to the Myokinematics of the Hip and Pelvis course. The entire course I was able to connect AF position with the author’s findings of radiographic markers and how POSITION matters! Better yet was when host, Ryan Thomas told the class the reason he got interested in PRI was after reading the article “The Value of Blowing up a Balloon” co-authored by Josh and Dr. Kyndy Boyle, PT, PRC.

We finished the weekend with Josh explaining the science behind the Balloon exercise. This was a nice transition for those planning on attending the Postural Respiration course in Windsor next year.

Of the 21 attendees, 18 of them were hearing about PRI for the first time and they were following right along! They left excited about integrating PRI into the clinic, strength and conditioning facility and classroom! Thank you Richard, Ryan and the rest of the staff from Western Ontario Sports Injuries and Rehab for your excellent hospitality! 

Of course there are Yellow VW's in Canada too!


Posted October 30, 2013 at 3:01PM
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While there was only one course held this past weekend, it looks like it was a great one (check out these pictures)! I keep getting great feedback from course attendees about the newest PRI Affiliate course, PRI Integration for the Home Health Clinician. Here is what James Anderson had to say about the weekend!

Woodbury, MN (PRI Integration for the Home Health Clinician) - "I was in Minneapolis, Minnesota and I didn’t get snowed-in, so that in itself makes it a good trip. But when you throw in the fantastic group of PRI enthusiasts that attended this course and a topic like “Respiration and Alternating Reciprocal Motion”, it was definitely a great weekend.  A big thank you to Robin at Woodwinds Hospital for hosting and to Carrie Langer for being such a great assistant. PRI has definitely grown and evolved since Carrie and I sat together in the first class of PRC applicants back in 2004.

The group did a great job appreciating that this Home Integration course is more of a hybrid of Impingement and Instability and Advanced Integration material than it is an oversimplified PRI course for geriatrics in the home. The amount of clinical application ideas was a pleasant surprise to everyone in attendance and they could see ways to use the new ideas in multiple settings. It’s neat when you can present to an experienced group of PRC caliber clinicians and see light bulbs come on because of the integrated way the material has been put together. This is why I love writing and teaching PRI!" - James Anderson

Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:19PM
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Portland, ME (Pelvis Restoration) - "This past weekend in Maine, we had over half the class attending their first PRI Course!  It was exciting time to introduce so many to the science of PRI.  Pelvis Restoration covers a lot of material in two days and I feel there were a lot of forward thinking practitioners in the room.  The course attendees truly understood how the body integrates and importance of obtaining left stance and right swing position for stability on the left side.  Thank you to Michael Mullin and OA Centers for Orthopaedics for hosting us this weekend." - Lori Thomsen

Pitman, NJ (Postural Respiration) - "I totally enjoyed the course at Endeavor Sports this past weekend.  We spent a great deal of time working through the difficult concepts of Postural Respiration.  As the weekend went on however, the class became very excited and by the end it was like a firecracker in a henhouse with questions and answers flying everywhere!  A big thank you to Kevin Neeld and Endeavor Sports. I had a blast and I know many of the students were totally switched-on!" - Mike Cantrell

Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:46PM
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