Postural Restoration Certified (PRC)

The annual PRI Credentialing Scholarship application deadline is June 15th! This $2000 full scholarship is available to candidates who may otherwise be dissuaded from applying for PRC or PRT credentialing solely by their current financial circumstances. To apply, please submit a scholarship essay sharing your story, your current professional situation, and why you feel you are deserving of the scholarship. Essays can be emailed to Jennifer Platt at platt.jennifer@posturalrestoration.com. All essays will be reviewed by the PRI Board of Directors and the scholarship recipient will be notified by July 15th. If the recipient of the $2000 full scholarship does not accept the scholarship and complete the credentialing application and testing within the year, the scholarship will be awarded to an alternate. Depending on the number of applications each year, the Board of Directors may choose to select more than one scholarship recipient.

If you have any questions with the PRI Credentialing Scholarship, or any questions with the PRC or PRT credentialing process in general, please contact me!

Earlier this month, I was in Fort Collins, CO teaching Pelvis Restoration after 14 months out of the faculty circuit. For many reasons that will prove impossible to come close to articulating here, this course in review proved difficult to concisely write. These past two years, objectively, I have lost a lot—a child to disease, a dear co-worker to miscommunication, contact with a dear friend and colleague to culture, contact with another dear friend and colleague to a series of business casualties...to name a few. I mention these losses because I am certain this same window has been uniquely difficult year for most everyone reading this, regardless of where you find yourself. I’m sorry for each of your losses, yet very much hopeful.

Just through that window, I take heart, because I am confident that all of these losses are temporary, and will prove to be blessings, each in their own way, though I may not understand how presently. For certain, goodness was found in Fort Collins!  It is also difficult to encapsulate how thankful I am for my good, longtime friend and colleague Craig Depperschmidt, a 2012 PRC graduate and PRI hub in Colorado, to have welcomed me back to Fort Collins with undeserving hospitality. It was tremendous working with newer friends Brian Benjamin, who served tremendously as host site coordinator, as well as Rachel Kroncke, Sara Truelsen, and Ruth Waller-Liddle in the ProActive PT Center family who welcomed PRI and me into their work home fully. Thank you each so much for your warm welcome!

Pelvis Restoration course on asymetrical pelvic influence

Pelvis Restoration course on asymetrical influences of the pelvis

The course was akin to being back on one’s favorite horse—saddle and content were true and just as they should be. Many thanks to Matthew McLaughlin for great discussion during the course and during break times. Thank you to Jason Huang, Ryan LaFountaine, Jessica Robinson, Cristi Cuellar and multiple others for your help with demonstration during lab sessions as we explored the many facets of this primary course about a pelvic inlet and outlet. Many interactions during both lecture and lab about clinical application hopefully proved beneficial to experienced veteran course participants and to the six-pack of those new to the science of PRI. This instructor enjoyed the respectful and vigorous participation from the class as we discussed optimizing neuromechanical position and triplanar control of hemipelvic inlets and outlets in order to allow alternating integrated function of synchronized ipsilateral pelvic and thoracic diaphraghms. Thank you all from ProActive PT and PRI who made this course possible once again, it really was and is good to be back!

This past week, at our Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium, we presented the PRI Director’s Dedication Award to two very deserving individuals who not only were very instrumental in this year's symposium, but they have had a tremendous impact on our Institute over the years, and we have no doubt that they will continue to represent our Institute in the highest regard for many years to come. It was an easy decision to present this award to Jennifer Smart and Neal Hallinan. The PRI Director’s Dedication Award was established by the Board of Directors (Ron Hruska, Janie Ebmeier, Jennifer Platt and Bobbie Rappl) in 2012 to recognize individuals’ ongoing dedication to their advancement in PRI.

Past PRI Director’s Dedication Award recipients include: Susan Henning and Joe Belding (December 2012); Kyndall Boyle and James Anderson (April 2014); Michael Cantrell (December 2014); Jason Masek (April 2015); Michal Niedzielski (December 2015); Jennifer Poulin and Lori Thomsen (April 2017); Kentaro Ishii and Sayuri Abe-Hiraishi (December 2017); and Dan Houglum, Donna Parise Byrne & Josh Olinick (April 2019). An award recognition plaque, which is pictured above, is displayed at the Postural Restoration Institute® in Lincoln, Nebraska, recognizing each of the PRI Directors Dedication Award recipients.

Jennifer Smart is a Physical Therapist in Oriental, North Carolina, a town of approximately 900 people located on Neuse River which leads out to the Atlantic Ocean. Jen received her bachelors of physical therapy degree from the University of Maryland, and her doctorate of physical therapy degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She took her first PRI course in 2012, and completed PRC credentialing in 2015. Over the years, she has continued to immerse herself in the science of Postural Restoration® for the benefit of her patients, having completed 32 PRI courses. Over the past 3 years especially, Ron and Jen have been on a wave length of their own as they have spent copious hours preparing for this symposium, and I know that Ron has learned so much from Jen and her clinical experience working daily with patients who have been diagnosed with basal ganglia disease. I can honestly say that they have easily exchanged more than 100 email conversation threads, and I know that Ron has thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. I have no doubt that the breadth of knowledge that has resulted from this symposium will continue to grow, as the Institute becomes more relative in the prevention and management of neurological degenerative conditions. Many of you were able to see her passion as she presented at this symposium, and hopefully you whole-heartedly agreed with us that she was so deserving of this award!

Neal Hallinan is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and licensed massage therapist in New Jersey, just outside of New York City. To many, he might be known as “The PRI Trainer”, which has come through his website, podcasts and many YouTube videos. Neal attended his first PRI course in 2013, and he completed PRT credentialing in 2017. And he didn’t stop there. Over the years, Neal has completed 27 PRI courses. Neal’s personal journey and experience with PRI changed his career, and he will even say it changed his life. Through his passion to share his journey and experience with PRI both personally and as a movement specialist offering online coaching, he has easily touched 1,000’s across the country and internationally. There isn’t a week that goes by where one of us in this office doesn’t talk to someone who heard about PRI through Neal Hallinan’s website or videos. I am sure you have all heard patients or clients bring up his name as well! We not only were honored to have had Neal involved with this symposium, but we are so honored to have him represent this Institute as he continues to impact other’s lives through his nature of educating and coaching. We have no doubt that he will continue to help people discover their innate alternating rhythms through movement and dance for many years to come, and we were incredibly honored to present Neal Hallinan with the PRI Director's Dedication Award.

Congratulations to both Jen and Neal! We are so honored and proud to know you and have you associated with our Institute!

Every December I reflect on my past year personal and professional activities, a few days before beginning the Advanced Integration course.  My inner wellness usually transforms during these four days because of the way I feel connected in real time with real bodies, who have real interest in how our bodies transform by revolving and evolving around axial sagittal verticality and appendicular horizontal integration.  I need this eye-level connection with other people to complete my year and to advance myself, as well as the science I am so obsessed with.  This past year, as challenging as it was, advanced all of us because we needed to connect with technology in ways that we never have before; to revolve, evolve, and transform with other people.   

Technology is value neutral. It becomes value non-neutral, depending how one uses it.  The amount of time I spent this last year in some virtual space, or in the space above my neck, by observing bodies above the neck, is overwhelming.  However, because of my need to connect with real people, real bodies with real interactive interest, I had to do so with eyes primarily, that were all at eye-level with mine. Body language became eye language.

This opportunity to interconnect, virtually, reduced my isolation and actually advanced me in so many ways.  I have never been more prolific or productive, in my life, like I have been this year. New courses composed, books  read, research reviewed, interdisciplinary collaboration, etc. all reduced potential obsolescence because of technology.  Who would have thought a little virtual reality would advance us, like it has.  

Therefore, it just seemed natural, that after a year of virtual wellness, we would host an Advanced Integration course with 11 people (PRC applicants) actually sitting to the left and in front of me and 100 people sitting in a 'Hollywood Squares’ box, slightly to the right and also, in front of me.  It advanced all of us who were in attendance.  We received the best of two worlds of advanced postural restoration presence.  This advanced technology seemed so value non-neutral challenging, so futuristic, so non-elementary, so alive and yet so unimaginable, because we were all not in the same room and breathing in the same space.  Everything we did the year before, now feels so retro.

This December my inner wellness rose to a new, novel and an unnatural high. And I am sure all of the future December PRI Advanced Integration course attendees will reflect on the how “real”, integration feels during these four days, in real time, with real bodies on one side of the room and real faces on the other, all because of value non-neutral technology.

I want to thank Dan Houglum, MSPT, ATC/L, PRC, Lori Thomsen, MPT, PRC, Jean Masse, DPT, OCS, ATC, PRC, Lisa Mangino, DPT, PCS, C/NDT, PRC and Jen Platt for making this course so connected and so advanced, in a time where there is so much uncertainty.  

Posted December 30, 2020 at 4:57PM

We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) Class of 2020! PRC credentialing is the result of completing multiple advanced PRI courses, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participating in practical and analytical testing. This week, 11 clinicians earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Lori Thomsen, Dan Houglum, and Jennifer Platt earlier this week.

The Postural Restoration Institute established this certification process in 2004 as a way to recognize and identify those 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 PRC credentialing program is available to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and chiropractors who have attended PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participate in both clinical and analytical testing. To date, 226 professionals have earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC).

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PRC Class of 2020 Postural Restoration Institute Credentialing

Back Row (L to R): Ron Hruska, Tracey Blain, Molly Miller, Brad Gilden, Amy Brown, Yohei Takada, Dan Houglum;
Front Row (L to R): Jennifer Platt, Corina Carlson, Danielle Cardinale, Deanna Elliott, Danielle Juckett, Nicole Davison Moore, Paige McNerthney, Lori Thomsen

Posted December 10, 2020 at 4:10PM

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Enjoyed a great weekend at the University of Missouri teaching the primary course classic Myokinematic Restoration. This course is essentially an expanded and updated version of my very first PRI course, its the first course I learned to teach as a new Faculty member 20 years ago, with material that continues to mean a lot to the work I do on a daily basis. Thank you to Joe Pope, DPT, PRC for assisting me with the course and helping give all the attendees a great overall experience. Your additional comments from your own experience learning the science of PRI were very valuable and I could tell were much appreciated by course attendees.

The course was taught at the Missouri Orthopedic Institute on South Stadium Drive across the street from the Hearness Center Basketball Arena and diagonally within view of the neighboring Faurot Football Field. Seeing this field brought back a memory from my college days that I may share just because its nice to reflect on the glory days, when Nebraska Football was dominant and we expected to win the National Championship every year. I'm also sharing this memory for those of you reading this who are not old enough to remember what I'm talking about, because its something you should know about.

The #1 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers rolled into Columbia back in 1997 expecting an easy win and they ended up pulling out a squeaker that has come to be known as "The Miracle in Missouri". If you don't know what I am talking about (or even if you do), you should do an internet search and watch the spectacular (and very lucky) play called the "Flea Kicker". It's a signature memory for Nebraska Football fans in the 1990's and a pivotal reflection point for current fans hoping current Head Coach (and Flea Kicker Quarterback) Scott Frost will take the program back to its glory days. I think Matt Davidson still gets paid to retell the story of that play to anyone who will listen.

Another reason I tell that story is that 1997 was the year I met Ron Hruska. I was a student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and we had a guest speaker come in one day to teach our physical therapy class about temporomandibular dysfunction. I had no idea at the time that I was listening to a man who would in time have a more dramatic impact on my career than any of the good professors I was being taught by in my current course of study. These professors gave me the fundamentals of joint structure and function, muscle function and general rehabilitation, but I remember wanting so much more in terms of "real-life biomechanics". And it wasn't until Ron presented courses on lumbopelvic and hip dysfunction that I started to feel satisfied thinking through what I thought was really going on.

This Myokinematic Restoration course was my first hook, because it answered questions about biomechanics and human movement that I hadn't even asked myself before meeting Ron. Questions like, "What is the position of the acetabulum relative to the femur on each side and why does it matter?", "What is ligamentous muscle and why is it necessary?", "What is the performance strength of the acetabulum in early stance on the left and in late stance on the right?", "How does the performance strength of the femur relate to the performance strength of the acetabulum?", "What actually is acetabular hole control?", and my favorite,..."What is the function of the obturator internus and what is its role in upright human function?"

All of these questions and more are answered in the current version of the Myokinematic Restoration course. How grateful I am that I was able to consider such important questions so early on in my career and that I, like Matt Davidson, so much later in our careers, still get paid to tell my version of the story to anyone who will listen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Beautiful weekend in Oakland California talking PRI for the frail, the immobile and the chronic with a super group of medical professionals at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. A huge thanks to our host site coordinator Shaun Buchanan for thinking of everything and making sure we had a wonderful weekend. Your hosting was amazing Shaun. Also thank you to Tim Dempsey, CSCS, CPT, PRT who assisting me this weekend as a lab instructor and made sure the group had a good experience.

 The night before the course was fun and relaxing for me because I got to attend a Golden State Warriors basketball game in the new Chase Center arena. I have been to several games in the historic Oracle Arena in Oakland, but getting to attend a game in their newly completed arena across the bay in San Francisco was an awesome experience. After the game, I picked up a souvenir that helped me teach the course the next day. It was a Matryoshka or nesting doll painted as one of my favorite players, Klay Thompson. Klay turned out to be great asset for giving the class context for rotational diaphragm performance, lumbopelvic rotation and contralateral respiratory rotation through the rib cage during transitional activities and gait. Who knew?

This PRI Integration for Geriatrics course does a great job assessing and making treatment recommendations for different aspects of the human gait cycle. The design of the Seated Gait Integration Test is to determine early to mid stance performance and the design of the Seated Eversion with Abduction Test is to determine late stance/pre-swing performance for the geriatric athlete. These components of upright performance are essential for dynamic upright balance activities, transfers in and out of the standing position and delivering efficient gait mechanics. Seeing the L AIC/R BC pattern in context with different components of gait allows the practitioner to make meaningful changes to gait deficiencies and upright balance and transfer problems. Preventing falls in these populations is by far the most meaningful thing you can do to preserve upright function.

Another powerful aspect of this course if the time spent on Functional Routines in the Home from both a patterned and a preferred standpoint. Thank you John Maynarich, OT for helping our class stay functionally minded throughout the course and for representing the profession of Occupational Therapy so well. You were right, this material is well designed for OT practitioners and should be an important part of all geriatric care. Our ability to make positive changes in daily functional routines really is the whole point, isn't it?

Lastly, I wanted to give a shout out to our 3 first-time course attendees in the class. Thank you Tom Borremeo, Christina Cherg and Fabrice Rockich. You guys were amazing. And thank you Carol Cahn, PT, PRC for personally bringing your friend and co-worker Tom to the course. As I said, you 3 newbies are VIPs from my perspective and it was an honor to cater the content of the presentation to your level of understanding as we went along. Thank you for being willing to ask questions and for the great class discussions you helped to generate. You literally are the reason the Affiliate program exists and we thank you for being there.  

The New Year for PRI was kicked off with the first Cervical Revolution course hosted by Advance Physical Therapy January 18-19th. This host site is a Postural Restoration Center with some of the most experienced and professional clinicians I have ever met. Their experience and  knowledge of PRI, Schroth Method for Scoliosis, pediatrics and working with dental professionals for occlusal reference is truly interdisciplinary and artful in approach.

Cervical Revolution has  had a lot of "evolution" this past year with a refined, step-by-step description of atlas on occipital bone position that is clear cut and more easy to understand in the Right vs. Left TMCC. This weekend students learned to appreciate and understand what seems to be at first the challenging subtleties of atlas on occipital function. Visualizing how "A" on "O" drives the sphenoid and how the sphenoid positions temporal bones and ultimately the jaw for a tri-planer picture of how the neck, cranium and TMJ complex affects the entire postural system seems daunting to everyone at first. In this course, autonomics is a prime focus as the neck is the neurologic appendage that drives the rest of the body.


This high level PRI group of practitioners was engaged from the first minute on Saturday to the last minute on Sunday actively asking questions, contributing to the professional dialogue and just working really hard to take in the detailed insights of an advanced PRI course. And then, be enthusiastic about how to apply the basic concepts of this course on Monday morning. This weekend there was a strong emphasis on the basics with a straight forward path to application of course principles.

This was a dream course for any faculty member with this kind of energy and participation from students. What made this course rewarding for me was the staff at Advance Physical Therapy. It was such a comfort to be with physical therapists and PRC's Lisa Mangino, Jean Masse, Joe Belding, Susan Henning, Josh Olinick from STEPS for Recovery, Sangini Rane and of course Jennifer Smart in attendance. Jennifer Smart will be presenting at the next Interdisciplinary Symposium in April and her presentation is not to be missed! In addition, this group of veteran PRC's offered clinical discussion and were all lab assistants in one way or another to lighten the load for the entire class and elevate everyone's experience. Shout out to Angela Ellis, DDS who works with Advance Physical Therapy. She is a dentist and was a first time attendee to a PRI course and she could not have been more delightful and engaged! Thank you again Advance Physical Therapy for hosting Cervical Revolution and supporting PRI.

We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) Class of 2019! PRC credentialing is the result of completing multiple advanced PRI courses, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participating in practical and analytical testing. This week, 14 clinicians earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Lori Thomsen, Jennifer Poulin, and Jennifer Platt earlier this week.

The Postural Restoration Institute established a certification process in 2004 as a way to recognize and identify those 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 PRC credentialing program is available to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and chiropractors who have attended PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participate in both clinical and analytical testing. To date, 215 professionals have earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC).

To view/download the photos click here.

PRC Class of 2019; Certification; Postural Restoration Institute

Back Row (from L to R): Jennifer Poulin, Eric Ley, Craig Stasio, Brian Coleman, Samantha Red Anderson, Laura Mills, Noelle Ekonomou, Brent Henderly
Front Row (from L to R): Ron Hruska, Maureen Moore, Rachel Rand Smith, Valerie Chai, Lisa Simmons, Carol Jacobs, Kazufumi Nishimura, Michelin Carroll, Jennifer Platt, Lori Thomsen

Posted December 12, 2019 at 4:24PM
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