Postural Restoration Certified (PRC)

Having the opportunity to discuss the role of the hypothalamus and integrated thalamic function as they relate to autonomic patterned respiration, physiology, posture and central nervous system compensation, was an enduring dream of mine. I could finally, deliver a course that describes how our autonomic and central nervous systems operate with and from  biased cerebral and cerebellum lateralization, hemispheric specialization, and oscillatory compression and decompression.

Ron Hruska demonstration during Cranial Resolution in Seattle

Over two decades of literature review, clinical application, multi-disciplinary experience and evidence based outcome methodology, built with the help of an Institute I started for these course objectives, fulfilled me in ways that are very difficult to express. I trusted an idiosyncratic educational process that challenged me as a pre-dentistry student. A clairvoyant process that required collegiate patience, faith in humanity and belief in our holistic, biological and neurological system. I appreciated the 41 course ambassadors who also trusted this process. I hope they came away with a sense of how we patterned humans resolve to make sense of what we don’t sense through pattern compensation of air flow, fluid movement, and cavity fluctuation as it relates to ischial and occipital (sacral and cranial) rhythm and thus autonomic processing. 

Christopher Murphy at Cranial Resolution, Alpine Physical Tehrapy

Cranial Resolution Course Attendees, Seattle, WA

This course was strengthened by the input and participation from too many people to list here, but I especially appreciated the support from Erin Coomer DPT,OCS, Laurie Gribschaw PT,DPT,ATC,AT/L,PRC,  Janine Peacock DPT,OCS, Paige Raffo MPT,OCS and Kelly Martin PT.  I could not have asked for a better audience and support group.   There were many reasons I wanted to give this first course in Seattle but three of those reasons are Christopher Murphy DPT,OCS,PRC,  Jeremiah Ferguson DPT,OCS,PRC, and Eli Zygmuntowicz DPT,OCS,PRC. These three men are absolutely the embodiment of family. I will always be grateful for their warmth, charismatic charm and pedagogical approach. I had so much fun and look forward to the next opportunity to talk about pendular parasympathetic process. 

Alpine Physical Therapy

Jen and I had the pleasure of returning to the APTA Combined Sections Meeting this year in Washington, D.C. Years past have provided us great discussions with both Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants as well as Students who are seeking these professions. This year once again proved the value of our attendance and allowed us to inform many individuals interested in the science of Postural Restoration. It is so re-assuring and invigorating to be able to discuss our science with those who may not have been exposed prior to attending.

The Combination of both PT students and seasoned Physical Therapist's provided a myriad of conversations and allowed us to connect with both sides of the spectrum. Many faculty members from various institutions and organizations asked passionately about our science and wanted to be better at introducing it to their students. Many students asked passionately about finding a PRI Clinician in their area for mentorship and clinical experience as they complete schooling. Interests in specialization areas continues to grow and we were excited to discuss our Affiliate programs in Pediatrics, Geriatrics and all others with those who find interest in these populations.

Shortly after a discussion regarding our PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement course we were surprised to see a familiar face come across our booth! Little did we know Julie Blandin was in attendance and literally ran into us amongst the crowd. What a great surprise!

Although running into a PRI faculty member was unplanned, we were lucky to have several PRC’s and PRT’s reach out to us as they learned of our stay in the area. On day 2 of the conference we received another surprise as our dear friend and PRT Navin Hettiarachchi sent us a text. “I don’t know how but I have found 3 tickets for you to tonight’s game!”, we had discussed possibly meeting up with Navin but due to the Golden State Warriors coming to town we all thought it would be difficult to find tickets. Although we loved our first NBA experience it was perhaps more fun to see Navin in action with the team. He is a true gift to any organization, as his smile is infectious and his care for his players is unmatched. They are lucky to have him and we are lucky to call him our friend and have him in our PRI Family.

We were also able to meet up with PRC Heather Carr, who has been part of the PRI Family for many years. It was great to see her and to meet her husband Jan, as they provided us with local recommendations and things to see. Heather continues to introduce PRI to many others and we are so grateful for her support. Our last evening included a dinner reservation with PRI Faculty Louise Kelly and her husband Bruce and it was such a great way to finish our weekend. Bruce and Louise met in graduate school and it was a true pleasure to take a walk down memory lane with both of them. Although the food was great the conversations shared and laughs that were had truly made our last night in DC special.

Thank you to all everyone who made this conference a success. The science of PRI continues to grow and each conference we attend makes it apparent that word of mouth is still one of the best ways to connect and share our passions with others. Thank you in particular to Navin, Heather, Julie and Louise for going out of your way to spend time with us. PRI has a way of connecting people and it was great re-connecting with each of you!

Atlanta played host to a “level 2” course from PRI. The host site was One on One Physical Therapy and the course was Cervical Revolution. Again Karen Warren PT, MPT, OCS, ATC and her crew at One on One were gracious and accommodating. Helping me throughout the weekend was one of my close friends, Jean Masse PT, DPT, PRC, OCS, ATC. Jean is a stellar clinician who teaches PRI concepts at our Advanced Integration course each year.

 Cervical Revolution is the class that makes an initial foray into the PRI world of the cervical spine, cranial strain patterns and dental occlusion and how these worlds might meld together. The occlusion part is one of the reasons why so many dentists have been taking this class and the numbers seem to be growing. A dental group from Kidstown Dental in Houston, Texas was on hand after having heard Ron Hruska speak at the AAPMD conference in Las Vegas. Also, my own dentist, Liz Caughey DDS was there as well which was a special treat for me.

 I realize that each time I’ve presented this course over the past few years, I have learned more and more. I am so very grateful to my mentor, Ron Hruska MPA, PT, for trusting me with this material and I am so happy that he is STILL willing to explain things to me after 22 years under his tutelage. This course has indeed changed since its inception and no doubt will continue to do so in the ensuing years. We try to refine the material and we rely on your feedback to do so. Thanks to all of you for the wonderful suggestions you provided on your evaluation forms. Here’s to a happy 2019 for all of us and...#PRInation...you rock and you’re growing rapidly!!!

Every year the first week in December marks the beginning of the end. The start to our four day Advanced Integration course is much anticipated throughout the year as we prepare and look forward to welcoming our PRI Family “home” for the Holidays. For all of us at the Institute it is truly a time of gratitude and renewal as we host course attendees from all over the world here for the last course of the year.

This year we were thrilled to have 15 of our 18 faculty members here, laying the stage for one of the best years yet. We also welcomed attendees from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Malaysia and 23 other states. Many of you may know by this point that attending the same course twice may lead to two very different experiences. This years Advanced Integration was unlike any previous renditions due to the constant dialogue between the Presenters and the many Faculty members in the audience. Every year the Primary Concepts are integrated, expanded on and projected in a new way to reflect the current state of the culture around us.

Many of us will spend time with family over the upcoming holidays and all of us will join these conversations with different biases, dispositions and attachments. In order to remain loved and continue to love our family members we must sense our own physical and emotional constraints while at the same time appreciating theirs and inhibiting any negative outcomes that otherwise may occur.

Similarly, if our anatomical families do not work together and appreciate what each group can bring to the table, neutrality may be lost. Advanced Integration continually reminds us to appreciate each of our family members and the role they play in balancing our autonomic function. Myokinematic, Postural and Pelvic concepts were solidified through four days of appreciation for each presenter, practitioner, and person in attendance.

Thank you to all of our PRI Family for making the trip to Lincoln. Although December is typically the coldest time to visit, we are grateful to end each year with all of you. Not only does this course solidify all of your integration throughout the year, but we hope it also lays the foundation for a successful start to the next.

Wishing you and your Families a very Merry Holiday Season and start to the New Year!

CLICK HERE to see all Advanced Integration 2018 photos!

Posted December 21, 2018 at 8:50PM

We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) Class of 2018! 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. Ten Physical Therapists and two Physical Therapist Assistants 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, 201 professionals have earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC).

To view/download the photos click here.

Back Row (from L to R): Jennifer Poulin, Jill Maida, Jeremiah Ferguson, Eli Zygmuntowicz, Katie Piraino, Brian Benjamin, Tyler Tanaka, Ron Hruska

Front Row (from L to R): Cheryl Chase, Christopher Murphy, Bridget Anderson, Sarah Ratti, Ken Smith, Jim Wittekind, Lori Thomsen, Jennifer Platt

Posted December 12, 2018 at 8:09PM

Jason Masek presented at the 2018 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Coach's Conference.  His presentation: "Push, Pull, and Propulsion: the 10-20-30-40 Concept" is now available online. Check out our blog for more information.

Posted December 6, 2018 at 10:27PM

Summer is nearly half over, which means Fall is quickly approaching, and PRC applications will be due soon! Reminder that the Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) credentialing program deadline is September 15th. The PRC credentialing program is limited to the first 30 applicants each year. Two copies of each application (including full text of the articles used in the article review portion) must be mailed to PRI, and received no later than September 15th to be considered for testing this December. Please be sure that all items on the PRC application checklist are submitted. Please note that the PRC application is updated each year, so please print the most up to date application. To print an application, CLICK HERE!

PRC testing is scheduled for December 10-11th (following the four day Advanced Integration course) in Lincoln, NE.

*International clinicians who are interested in applying should contact me ASAP, as additional educational information must be submitted by August 1st (extended from July 15th) for review and approval by the PRI Board of Directors to determine eligibility for the PRC credentialing program.

Are you planning to apply this year? If so, please let me know! Also, if you are preparing your application, and have any questions, please call or email me!

Posted July 16, 2018 at 2:14PM

Visiting the Country of Japan, left all of us longing to speak their language and be able to communicate with them in their culture more directly. Japanese is not considered an easy language to learn as it “borrows” 3 sets of characters from other languages in the region such as the Chinese “Kanji”. For many western travelers looking to visit this island, this may perhaps be the biggest hurdle. We were very fortunate to have the help, guidance and translation from our PRI Japan faculty and staff, who graciously helped us navigate the transit system which is the largest and busiest in the world.

Summarizing these 10 days into one page, feels like trying to interpret Japanese all over again. There is no way to accurately relay our deep respect and appreciation for the people we met along the way. Although there was at sometimes an inability to communicate these feelings to one another. They were greatly felt, through the smiles, bows, shared meals, and sightseeing that we accomplished while visiting.

We started the trip with the presentation of Cervical Revolution by Ron Hruska, in Tama Center, Tokyo at Teikyo University. Mr. Takahashi, was generous to pick us up and drive us to the course each morning and made the transportation such an ease. The Teikyo University facilities and staff there are some of the most hospitable and friendly group of professionals we have been around, and they love to have FUN! These 3 days provided a deeper discussion on the Secondary PRI concepts relating to the Cervical Spine, and the course attendees were eager to learn.

Following the Cervical Revolution Course we had scheduled two question and answer sessions in Tokyo, and Kyoto. The goal of these Q&A sessions was to answer any questions related to PRI that the community in Japan may have had throughout their attendance to Postural Restoration and Myokinematic Restoration. It was a tremendous success and although Sy had prepared several slides of possible topics to discuss, we never relied on their use. The audience was active and the questions (which were translated to Ron) ranged from the foundation of the science of Postural Restoration, to specific course questions and everything in between.

The rest of our trip revolved around seeing, experiencing and doing as much as we could in the remaining few days we had. We visited countless Shrines, and Temples and after our stay in Takashi’s home of Kyoto, we headed to Kobe. Kobe captivated us for many reasons but speaking as a Nebraskan from the Great Plains, I think we were all excited to see more of the countryside and less of the underground subway stations. As soon as we arrived in Kobe we started exploring. With only one day there, we knew it was going to be full. The morning started by taking a gondola to the top of the Kobe Herbal Gardens and the view at the top was breath taking. Soon after we were met by Mr. Akira Yoshimoto (who visited Lincoln a few months back, and has become a great friend) and his colleague, who guided the second half of our day. They took us out on a ferry ride through Kobe Bay, followed by dinner and a mountain top view of the skyline. This dinner deserves a blog alone, as the Kobe Beef experience was one I will never forget.

(Port of Kobe)

(Golden Palace)

No amount of time or words can do justice to the amount of love we received during this trip. Many people deserve recognition for making it a success. Specifically Kenny, Sayuri (Sy), and Takashi as they were our lifeline every day. They are all three living in Japan for the first time in years, as Kenny and Sy, until recently remained in the US. Not only did these three individuals create a once in a lifetime experience for us, but they work tirelessly to further the growth of PRI Japan. They have now translated all three primary courses and continue to host these primary courses throughout the year. We already miss them, and although there is now a few more hours added to their flight time, we are hopeful that we will still see them throughout the year.

One of the only words I made sure to learn the first day we arrived was “Thank you”. Arigato Gozaimasu! I knew it would probably be the only word(s) that would matter, and 2 weeks later I wish I had said it ten times more.

Thank you to everyone involved with PRI Japan! Thank you to the course attendees who traveled and took off work and asked questions. Thank you to all of the host sites. Thank you to the PRT’s and PRC’s located throughout Japan, and thank you again to our PRI Japan faculty. We look forward to continuously growing with you all.

View more photos HERE!

We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) Class of 2017! 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. Fifteen Physical Therapists earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Lori Thomsen, Mike Cantrell, 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, 189 professionals have earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC).

To view the photo album click HERE.

Back Row (L to R): Michael Cantrell, Henry Lu, Tommy Conway, Michael DeMille, Will Waterman, Jason Miller, Anthony Iannarino, Kyle Babin,

Front Row (L to R): Ron Hruska, Karen Stillahn, Addie Holzmann, Alicia Ferriere, Michael Meurrier, Lesley Callaham, Jessica Thomas, Laurie Gribschaw, Shirly Rozenfeld, Lori Thomsen, Jennifer Platt

Posted December 19, 2017 at 9:19PM

Holly Spence, PT, PRC presented earlier this month at the OBI Bioesthetic Dentistry Annual Session in New York City. Holly presented alongside Gayle Myers, MD and Dara Chira, DMD. Their interdisciplinary presentation was titled "Adjunctive Therapy to Joint Stabilization and Splint Design". Within her presentation, Holly introduced the attendees to PRI concepts of asymmetry, the relationship between proper respiratory mechanics, its influence on forward head position and centric relation of the TM joint from a PRI perspective. In the first part of their presentation, they introduced what they each do, followed by their assessment methods and when they know to refer to each other, and they concluded with case studies to demonstrate how they treat patients in an integrative fashion. CLICK HERE to view Holly's portion of the presentation. Thanks Holly for sharing your interdisciplinary story with this dental group. I am sure you helped inspire the attendees to look at building an interdisciplinary team!

Posted October 16, 2017 at 4:47PM
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