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It’s been a fun year teaching the newest introductory course through PRI, ”Pelvis Restoration – An Integrated Approach to Treatment of Pubo-Sacral Pathomechanics”.  I have loved the feedback and interaction with other professionals across the country.  What has been the most rewarding for me has been getting individuals to “think outside the box” when it comes to the pelvic floor.  For some, they “turn and run the other way” when they see the title and others come expecting what they have learned from other pelvic floor courses.  I feel the course has exceeded expectations from these thought processes by the feedback we have received.  If you treat back pain, hip pain, SI pain, breathing disorders, gait, etc., then I challenge you to consider that you also treat the pelvic floor.  The pelvic floor does not do the same thing on the left side in the stance phase of gait as it does on the right side during swing phase.  Not even to mention if you don’t have frontal plane control of an hemi-pelvis you will not get the pelvic floor in the proper position for alternating reciprocal function.  Every patient needs to walk so every patient needs a pelvic floor.  Have you ever wondered why athletes have pelvic floor symptoms when they have never had children or surgery?  Poor synchronization of breathing, poor inhibition of the anterior inlet/posterior outlet, poor frontal plane control of an inlet and outlet of the hemi-pelvis and again poor reciprocal alternating function. This course integrates Myokinematics and Postural Respiration. You are missing a piece in the Left AIC and PEC chains without the pelvic floor component and it may be why your patient can only get 80% better with their current PRI program.  I welcome any additional feedback from PRCs and PRI veterans who have attended this course. - Lori Thomsen, MPT, PRC

Posted November 4, 2011 at 7:02PM
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PRI speaker Jen Poulin was in Minneapolis, MN the weekend of October 22-23, 2011, teaching a Myokinematic Restoration course. Here is a great quote from one of the attendees!

“Mind-blowing. I feel there’s a whole realm I can tie this into in my training but no idea where yet.”

Posted October 31, 2011 at 7:09PM
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Last week Gregory Parfianowicz traveled to Poland to educate a group of therapists and dentists on Postural Respiration and Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration.  We asked Gregory a few questions about his trip…

Who was in attendance?
We had physical therapists, dentists, dental technicians and orthodontists attending a 2-day PRI overview course with emphasis on “Cervical-Cranial -Mandibular Restoration”.
I was impressed that so many dentists are considering, if not already , working closely with physical therapists (at least 3 attendees have extra room in their office for PT and employ one on part time basis).

Why do you think there is an interest from the dentists in that area?
I believe that dentists and orthodontists in Poland are becoming even more concerned with patients not responding fully to their treatment and the patients are breaking appliances/crowns more often on the left side than right. They are concerned with those patients negatively advertising their practice in cases where they are being charged for the service which didn’t work.
By the end of each day we had a discussion going all over the room with suggestions, it wasn’t one way communication, it was sharing information between each profession to help the patient.
One dentist sent a text to her husband during lunch on the first day- “Before I do any type of tooth work, including fillings, I need to contact and discuss the case with the patient’s physical therapist, optometrist, and psychiatrist.”

Do you have any future plans for PRI courses in Poland?
We hope to do the next course for “teams” of physical therapists and dentists in the spring of 2012 and hopefully another Myokinematic Restoration course for physical therapists as well.

Posted October 28, 2011 at 7:14PM
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PRI Pelvis Restoration speaker Lori Thomsen recently taught a course in Chapel Hill, NC. Here is a great quote from one of the attendees!

“Lori was amazing! What a great instructor!!! Thank you so much, I love the course!”

Posted October 24, 2011 at 7:18PM
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We are excited to be teaming up again next year with Maryland Sports Care & Rehab! On February 18-19 the Urbana Clinic will host Postural Respiration. James Anderson will be instructing the course. Please register early as we anticipate a full class. 

Posted October 20, 2011 at 7:34PM
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James recently presented our Myokinematic Restoration course at the Alaska PT Association - Fall Conference.  James had the privilege to speak to nearly 90 attendees as well as find time for some fishing. He shared with us this email from a course attendee….

Dear James,

First I would like to personally thank you for coming to Alaska this past weekend to lecture on myokinematic restoration. Your course helped immediately relieve the frustration I have experienced for years regarding physical therapy protocols. My clinic has put into practice the skills we learned from your course from the very first patient of the day on Monday morning.  We have not had a single patient leave the office without substantial improvement in their condition all week!

The most dramatic cases include an elderly woman, 3 month post lumbar fusion, 6 year post bilateral hip replacement with pain of 8/10 VAS in her low back and hips. She was unable to stand from a chair without pulling herself up with her arms. In under 10 minutes, not only was she reporting pain of 0/10 VAS, but she was also able to stand from chairs of many different heights independently!

Another patient was a 20 y.o. female, hurt her back at work and had received chiropractic and exercise therapy for 8 weeks without any improvement. Pain of 8/10 VAS when I first evaluated her Tuesday morning. When she left my office, after using the repositioning techniques and 2 exercises, her pain was 0/10 VAS and it held through her day of work! She SKIPPED into my clinic this morning for her 2nd appointment. Her worst pain since Tuesday was a 1/10 VAS. We are now working on getting her into better shoes (no more flip flops) and today she was able to walk with improved stride, stance, and even demonstrated arm swing; all with pain ratings of 0/10 VAS.

Thank you doesn’t seem enough at this point. Thank you for validating our concerns with the status quo. Thank you for helping us be the physical therapists we wanted to be! We look forward to taking more of your courses in the near future.

Posted October 19, 2011 at 2:56PM
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Two new articles were added to the PRI Library and to the Myokinematic Restoration course reference list.  The JOSPT published an article on the relationship of hip strengthening and patellofemoral pain in August and Sports Health also published a similar article on this same subject.  To read the article from JOSPT, click here!  To read about the article published in Sports Health, click here!

Posted October 7, 2011 at 8:49PM
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This Saturday is the early registration deadline for our Impingement & Instability course being held in Phoenix, AZ on November 5-6. James Anderson will be teaching this course and received the following reviews from his most recent presentation of this course in Chanhassen, MN:

PRI continues to connect the dots and improve applicability to patient care. Thanks!

This is an amazing course that really pull things together! Go PRI!!!

The best Postural Restoration class I have ever taken (and I have taken many)!! I loved James’ emphasis on gait and reference centers. He related everything to gait and these reference centers, which helped me organize all the Postural Restoration classes I have ever taken, and I can use this to help my patients.

Course Location
East Valley Spine & Sports Medicine Center
4858 East Baseline Road, Suite 107
Mesa, AZ 85206
Phone 480-807-6500
Local Contact: Andrew Marchesi

Hope you can make it!

Posted October 5, 2011 at 8:59PM
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This past weekend, PRI faculty member Lori Thomsen was in Essex Junction, VT giving our Pelvis Restoration course. Check out Essex Physical Therapy’s Facebook for pictures!
 

Posted September 28, 2011 at 9:17PM
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This Saturday is the early registration deadline for our Myokinematic Restoration course being held in Oklahoma City, OK on October 8-9. In order for us to confirm the course, additional participants are needed by September 10th. Please register this week to receive the early registration rate and to ensure that this course will not be canceled. Thank you!

Course Location
Mercy Health Center
McAuley Conference Center - Room C
4300 W. Memorial Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

This course is recommended first in our series of courses.

Posted September 6, 2011 at 9:32PM
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