Postural Restoration Trained (PRT)

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!

Christy Peterson (PRC) and I gave a riding clinic April 6 and 7 at her facility (Riverside Physical Therapy) in Ord, Nebraska.  This was an ideal setting, because Christy’s facility is located on her farm which has an outdoor arena for riding.  Participants trailered their horses in from the surrounding area.  All were competitive riders (mix of Western and English disciplines), some of whom were competing at the World level.

After PRI evaluation and treatment, followed by some PRI-based exercises designed specifically for riders, each rider saddled up!  They were tasked with integrating what they learned off-horse to on-horse…challenging but powerfully effective.  Riders must be able to move their seat, arms/hands, and legs independently of each other in order to guide and lead the horse successfully and perform well.  This requires extraordinary body awareness, subtle controlled movements, and centering to the ground (not the horse) atop a powerful animal that has its own asymmetries.  Riding is a complex sport and often referred to as an artform.

It has been my experience over the past 3 years that many of the cues traditionally used by riding trainers are misinterpreted by riders and promote an extension pattern.  I cringe when I hear these particular cues:  “sit tall”, “chest up”, “shoulders back”.  Interestingly, a term that both Christy and I use to highlight and promote flexion for riders is the word “collection”.  Riders know and understand this term, because it is used to describe a state of posture and movement of the horse.  “Collection”: moving back to front; getting hind legs under the belly for powerful movement, balance, and control; top line of the horse lengthened and bottom line shortened.  So, when we get a rider into an All-Fours position, a 90-90 Hip Lift, or a Supported Standing Wall Reach and ask them to “collect”, they will instinctively reach their knees forward with a posterior tilt of the pelvis to “move from behind” and activate their hamstrings.  Pretty cool!  It is also a helpful cue for the seated posture of riders in their saddles…lumbopelvic flexion with the front of the hips open. 

Christy and I both learned from working with each other, and the participants seemed to appreciate the dual point of views.  We are in the process of planning more clinics, since we had such a positive response.  Each participant received an individualized 2-hour session with both Christy and I. 

I hope to extend these types of clinics across the country…beginning with NE, MD, VA, PA, NC.  If you are interested in hosting one of these types of clinics, please contact me at Lilla@MovementControlSpecialists.com or visit www.EmpoweredRider.com.

Posted by Lilla Marhefka (PRT).

A few weeks ago we were fortunate to be able to host Ron teaching the Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration course. I wrote a short review of the course that may be of interest to those that haven't taken the course yet or anyone just looking for a little more PRI info. You can check it out here: PRI Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration Course Review

We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Trained Class of 2014! 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. Four individuals earned the designation of Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Jason Masek and Jennifer Gloystein.

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 18 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 (front row: Akihito Tajima, Heidi Johnson, Sayuri Hiraishi, Sue Walsh, Jennifer Gloystein, Ron Hruska; second row: Jason Masek, Caleb Chiu, Mark Cairns, Andrew Hauser, Jolene Emricson, and Lilla Marhefka).

Posted January 15, 2014 at 6:04PM

Over the last few weeks, I've written a few articles that discuss, among other things, how we're incorporating PRI into our performance training programs that I thought may be of interest to you. You can check them out at the links below. Enjoy!

  1. Structural Adaptations Are Not Just A Hockey Problem
  2. The Truth About Corrective Exercise
  3. Individualizing Exercise In A Group Setting
  4. Dissecting The System

 -Kevin Neeld

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