Postural Restoration Trained (PRT)

Hello PRI Friends,

I had opportunity to talk about Postural Restoration Institute® (PRI) basic concepts such as posture, breathing, ZOA, polyarticular muscle chains, treatment approaches and so on at NSCA® Japan Area Director Seminar (Kanagawa Prefecture) on March 12th. 

Participants had hard time to understand the concepts at first, however, once they had tried the basic approaches such as 90-90 Hip Lift with Balloon, Supine Scissor Slides, and Left Side lying with Resisted Right Glute Max, they had better understanding, and many people asked me questions after that.

At the end of seminar, I had mentioned about the PRI Japanese seminars this coming July at Tokyo and Osaka, and I am sure that PRI will give great influence to Japanese medical personnel. 

Thank you.

Atsu Takei, ATC, PES, CES, PRT

We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) Class of 2015!  PRT is the result of completing multiple advanced PRI courses, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRT application, and successfully participating in practical and analytical testing. Five individuals earned the designation of Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Michael Mullin and Jennifer Platt.

The Postural Restoration Institute® established this credentialing process in 2011 as a way to recognize and identify individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute®.  The PRT credential is available to Certified Athletic Trainers and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists who have completed the requirements. With the addition of this class, there are now 23 PRT professionals throughout the U.S.

PRT credentialed athletic trainers and strength and conditioning specialists offer a unique approach to physical medicine called Postural Restoration. This approach addresses underlying biomechanics which can often lead to symptoms of pain and dysfunction. All mechanical influences on the body that restrict movement and contribute to improper joint and muscle position are considered, examined, and assessed. Techniques are utilized to restore proper alignment of the body while proper respiratory dynamics are considered. Treatment encompasses prevention and lifetime integration for long-term successful outcomes.

Congratulations!

Pictured from left to right: Michael Mullin, Takuto Kondo, Matthew Uohara, Gibbie Duval, Atsuhiko Takei, Dallas Wood, Jennifer Platt and Ron Hruska

Posted January 13, 2015 at 9:34PM

We recently did an interview with Chad Beckman about how he got into PRI and how he incorporates PRI into his personal training. To read the full interview click here.

Chad Beckman completed the Postural Restoration Trained™(PRT) credentialing program though the Postural Restoration Institute in 2013.  He is a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym in Lincoln, Nebraska.   Chad is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  He is also a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  He is certified through the National Council of Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) through Gold’s Gym.  Chad received his Bachelors of Science degree in Sports Management form Peru State College.  He specializes in identifying pathomechanics that limit the body to perform at a high level.  Chad works with all ages of individuals and excels in teaching sports performance programs, corrective and proper technique, and how to develop efficient motor abilities to perform desired motor skills correctly. 

Posted October 28, 2014 at 4:59PM

The image posted is a Letter to the Editor submitted to USDF Connection in response to Dr. Clayton's article in Oct issue: "Unique Seminar Focuses on Measuring Rein Tension"  (http://connection.epubxp.com/i/386281/0  article p. 26 - 31).  The Letter to the Editor supports on-going research by a variety of experts in the usefulness of the "new" rein tension measuring device as a diagnostic tool for equine lameness, joint dysfunction and restrictions in the spine, pelvis, neck, and jaw, and training tool for horse-rider interaction.  The Letter calls attention to the results of a particular questionnaire that supports the science of PRI and attempts to briefly and "all-inclusively" explain how the L AIC and R AIC muscle chains affect horse-rider interaction and performance.  (Obviously all 8 muscle chains are involved, but I thought a simple explanation would be appreciated by the readership.) 

I encourage you to read the article itself, not only because it is interesting but also because it raises PRI questions about horses.

Lilla

It's officially Fall, which means that the Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) application deadline is quickly approaching. If you are interested in applying, applications must be received by October 15th. CLICK HERE to find out more information about the PRT credentialing program. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me!

Here are a few testimonials from some of those who have completed the PRT credentialing program:

"It was one of the most meaningful two days that I have ever had! Thank you guys so much for providing us this opportunity."
- Akihito Tajima, ATC, PEC, PRT

"Everything was great! Really good stimulated critical thinking and application of the information. The two days flowed really well and built off of everything before it. The application process was a great learning experience in itself."
- Andrew Hauser, ATC, CSCS, PRT

"While the application process was quite rigorous, it sets a high standard and I feel confident with my colleagues' passion, intellect and knowledge regarding PRI. The credentialing process was a complete joy and an additional learning process!"
- Lilla Marhefka, PhD, HFS, CES, CSCS, PRT

Posted September 23, 2014 at 2:45PM

Kentaro "Kenny" Ishii, ATC, PRT was featured in the spotlight article in Cramer's First Aider Newsletter. If you haven't seen this newsletter in your inbox, Kenny did a great job discussing PRI and his work as the Head Athletic Trainer and Rehabilitation Coordinator with Sporting KC MLS team. CLICK HERE to read the article!

I continue to dive deeper into the physiology, anatomy, and biomechanics of both horse and rider, in a passionate effort to understand how 2 asymmetrical beings come together to produce fluid, balanced, floating movement in the world of equestrian disciplines. This is a rather lofty goal I have set for myself, because this type of movement is rarely achieved, EVEN at the elite levels of Dressage. CLICK HERE to read more!

It's that time of year again.....summer is flying by and Fall is just around the corner which means that the deadline for PRC and PRT applications are as well! Postural Restortaion Certified (PRC) applications are due on September 15th, and Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) applications are due on October 15th.

Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) credentialing is available for PT's, PTA's, OT's and Chiropractors, and Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) credentialing is available for Athletic Trainers (with Certification through the BOC) and Strength and Conditioning Coaches (with CSCS Certification through the NSCA or SCCC Certification through the CSCCa).

To download the PRC application, click here!
To download the PRT application, click here!

Please note that both credentialing programs will be limited to the first 30 applicants, so we do recommend submitting your application early. If you have any questions, please email me!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to share a fantastic experience I had earlier this month!

I was invited to speak at SPATS (South Padre Athletic Training Seminar) hosted by VATA (Valley Athletic Trainers’ Association) last weekend. Since they gave me a total liberty of picking my own presentation topic, I took full advantage of it and decided to use that opportunity to spread the PRI word. My lecture topic was “Let’s Blow Up a Balloon! Breathing in Orthopedic Rehabilitation.”  Since my time was limited, I choose not to go in depth on the polyarticular chains and explain all the PRI terminology (i.e. L AIC, R BC etc). Instead, I focused on the left-and-right difference of the diaphragm, the importance of restoring the ZOA, and learning how to…EXHALE!!!! There were many attendees (mostly ATs, but also some PTs, DCs and MDs) and it was truly fun to watch approximately 300 people blowing up balloons! It was very well-received as many participants came to talk to me afterwards, asking about the PRI concepts and courses. I am glad to say there’s a growing interest in PRI down here in South Texas!

CLICK HERE to view my presentation!

The 2nd Quarter PRC and PRT Updates email has been sent out today. If you are a PRC or PRT, please check your email for the latest PRI news and updates. If you didn't receive the email, please email me!

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