Postural Restoration Trained (PRT)

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

The PRC/PRT quarterly update email has been sent, so please check your email!

Wow! Where has the time gone? It is already October, which means Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) applications are due in just under two weeks! Two copies of your application must be postmarked by October 15th. If you prefer to send your application electronically, please email me!

PRT testing will take place in Lincoln, NE on January 13-14th, 2014 following the Impingement & Instability course.

If you have any questions about the PRT credentialing process, click on the FAQ section of this page, or email me.

Posted October 2, 2013 at 3:47PM

It’s so hard to believe that it is already August 1st! Where has the summer gone?

This comes as a reminder that applications for the PRI credentialing programs, Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) and Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) are quickly approaching! PRC applications are due on September 15th, and PRT applications are due on October 15th.

Are you nearing completion of your PRC or PRT application? If so, there are benefits to submitting your application early! Some benefits include:

  • Early submissions are given to the review committee immediately, and feedback is returned to the applicant within 6 weeks!
  • Stress-free life (from your application at least) for the remainder of the summer! 
  • After you hear from the review committee, you are able to begin planning your travel arrangements for the PRC or PRT testing process, and hopefully get some great travel deals!

A couple PT’s have already submitted their PRC application, and have received feedback from the review committee. I am sure they are relaxing by the pool now!

Be sure to check out this month’s featured interview with Kevin Neeld! Kevin is the President, COO, and Director of Athletic Development at Endeavor Sports Performance in Pitman, NJ. Since becoming introduced to the science of Postural Restoration® in 2010, he has completed several courses, and earned the designation of Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) in January, 2013. Kevin is a former collegiate hockey player, and continues to have a strong passion for working with hockey players. He is the author of Ultimate Hockey Training, a comprehensive resource on long-term player development and year-round off-ice training methods. Recently, Kevin has joined the US Women’s National Hockey Team as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, and has been an invited guest to NHL training camps to assist in the testing and training of the players.

To read Kevin’s full interview, CLICK HERE!

Posted April 16, 2013 at 6:53PM

I received the first Postural Restoration Certification (PRC) application for 2013 in the mail today, and I must say even I was a bit surprised to have one arrive so early! Although, PRC applications are not due until September 15th, it is never too early to begin working on the application process.

Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) applications are due on October 15th. If you too have begun working on your application during this wintery spring weather, and have any questions, please email me!

If you have not listened to Neil Rampe’s recent interview on SportsRehabExpert.com, be sure to check it out soon! It is available FREE until this Wednesday only.

The teleseminar interview that I did back in 2011 for SportsRehabExpert.com (scroll down to bottom of the link) is also available for FREE until this Wednesday as well!

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