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If you’ve taken Cervical Revolution please raise your hand. Ok, for those of you who did not raise your hand I’ve got to say...BOY YOU MISSED A GOOD ONE IN CHICAGO!!! 

Pilates Central hosted the class and all of you know Dan-the-man-Houglum MSPT, ATC/L, PRC and Donna Parise Byrne PT, OCS, PRC who are good PRI instructors in their own rite. Well, together with Liesel Brown PT they ran the show for this installment of Cervical Rev. in Chicago. Oh and listen, if you go out to eat with Dan, make sure there’s plenty of meat being served! 

We had 22 folks in the class. Among us was one dentist named Joe Fischerhahm DMD and he is fascinated with all things airway and added a nice layer of depth to my teaching. Joe is a super nice guy and obviously a great dentist. Additionally, we had a representative from the AAPMD named Lenore Morrissey MPT, DPT, OCA, FC. Lenore shared a number of thoughts about airway and the upcoming AAPMD conference to be held in Nashville. Some of you may know that Ron Hruska will be presenting there. Y’all, we had such a good time this weekend and I can’t even describe it (which is odd for me because many will say that I am usually not at a loss for words!🤣). What I CAN say is that this Cervical Revolution class is a true game changer.

Ever wonder HOW it is that a dentist can help you manage your back pain patients? Or your knee pain patients for that matter. Did you know that there are strain patterns in your skull that place pressure on your individual cranial bones? IT MATTERS! IT IS TREATABLE! Many times you don’t even NEED a dentist! Most times actually! Did you know that there’s a certain type of device that PRI recommends, that a dentist can make, that goes in your mouth and this device, called a PRI MOOO, (Mandibular Occipital Occlusal Orthotic) can cause your neck to finally have a normal curve? Game changer! MOOO? No, it has nothing to do with cows. This weekend’s class was truly inspiring from the input from the class, to the chocolates we had, I was inspired:

A class held at Pilates Central,
Had us all feeling quite a bit mental.
The class was inspiring,
And our brain cells were firing.
Realizing that necks can be dental.

Go figure and God bless. Wish Ron good luck at the upcoming AAPMD in Nashville. In the meantime, PLEASE register for Cervical Revolution as soon as you can. It is truly fantastic course!

Posted October 4, 2019 at 4:25PM
Categories: Courses Science

What a solid group of professionals attended the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement course this past weekend in Fort Collins, CO.  


 
It was a sold out class! Jam-packed with fitness professionals, DCs, PTs, ATCs and Strength Coaches -  additionally all having a diverse background in PRI – some were VIP newbies attending their first course while others were certified in PRI or had 17-19 PRI courses under their belt. I’m grateful to bring these diverse backgrounds together and offer something for everyone! I was really impressed with how the VIP newbies were catching on to the science so quickly.

This weekend I focused on breaking down our “5 steps” to building core stability and tri-planar movement variability through a PRI lens. Day one focused on sagittal plane organization and obtaining to maintain a symmetrically balanced ZOA on each half of the body. Day two focused on building strength and function with good positioning and grounding, emphasizing unilateral work to keep the axial frame unlocked and integrated for contralateral patterns of rotation – gait, reaching, rotation, throwing, jumping, running. Day 2 emphasized a lot of frontal plane for “functional fitness”- I call the frontal plane, the most neglected plane in many traditional exercises programs. It’s important that people learn how to integrate, program, coach and cue this plane more intentionally to help clients break through plateaus and stay symmetrically balanced.


This course is lab intensive!! And we even got to take lab outside this weekend to enjoy some 80+ degree sunshine midday.  


 
Thank you to our PRC lab assistants - Karen Hoyt and Megan Bollinger. You guys were a big help, thanks for helping me out and guiding attendees to set up and cue positioning better!


Lastly, it was great to have many of the staff members from Rebound Sports and Physical Therapy there in attendance. Thank you all for your hospitality and hosting this weekend!
I think it’s great that a team comes together to learn, grow and collaborate – plus it supports learning and integrating PRI more effectively. Can’t wait to hear how you guys integrate the material over the next few months. I hope to get back to Fort Collins one day – such a cool outdoorsy town and I didn’t get to explore enough of it!
 
Till next year #PRInation! Look out for our 2020 schedule. The Affiliate Courses are a great place to start and refine your practice with PRI.

This past weekend, I visited one of my favorite places to teach PRI courses. The energy of  "the City that never sleeps" always seems to match the energy and enthusiasm for the science of PRI. This was my third trip back to New York to teach a class. On a personal note, it was great to bring my husband Chris and daughter Devon along again this weekend. We basically ate our way through the city and thankfully were able to walk most of what we indulged on off over the course of the 4 days! A friend and future PRT Kyle Langworthy’s brother Brandon Langworthy, DPT was attending his first PRI class. Brandon lives close to me in NC, so I look forward to seeing him again as well as the other attendees that were taking their first or second PRI course. I was also honored to be part of Kasey Aiken’s mentorship as she prepares to teach this course next year. I will let Kasey share her thoughts and experiences from the weekend. 

- Jen Poulin

From Kasey: "The class brought the energy from the city into the two full packed days of learning Myokinematic Restoration. With 80% of the class being their first PRI course ever, the questions and ability to learn and regurgitate the material was very impressive. We even had a DO that lives in Belgium fly over to learn the science of PRI. The combination of strength and conditioning specialists, PTs, and even PT students in the course is what keeps PRI applicable and beneficial to all different disciplines. They mastered exercises in lab to reposition the pelvis as well as strengthen the pelvis in the new neutral state. The attendees began to understand the correlation between the infamous Hruska ADDuction and ABDuction lift scores in regards to the gait cycle. Being able to tag team teaching with Jen Poulin was an absolute honor and appropriate considering she was the first faculty member to present Myokinematic Restoration to me several years back. A thanks to Brad Gillen, for assisting in lab, we couldn't have done it without your help and expertise to hit home for such a large group of attendees."

Posted September 30, 2019 at 4:13PM

“I have several cases I can apply this to already.”

“The course met the objectives to the full extent. Loved the course!”

“I am so glad I finally got to do a PRI course!”

“I learned a tremendous amount of information that my client base can benefit from.”

The physical therapy team of Charles George VA Medical Center hosted the most recent Postural Respiration course. This facility is considered among the top VA hospitals in the country, noted for its clinicians’ care and expertise. Surrounded by the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 40 attendees, comprising PTs, OTs, PTAs, ATCs, DCs, and one student contemplated the asymmetrical diaphragm and its influence on pelvic-femoral and rib cage position and function. Movement starts with diaphragm, driving our lower half to one side while our upper half counter-rotates to the other. It’s a neurological concept, and it's what allows humans to be adept at things like throwing a ball, dancing, and doing flips and twists mid-air. Rib cages come in all shapes and sizes, formed not just by genetics but also by the activities a person engages in, positions they hold themselves in, and his or her unique responses to physical and emotional stress. However, regardless of rib morphology, every cage is under the influence of a powerful diaphragm that pulls it to the right, driving predictable patterns of air flow and movement. When not countered, and if skewed too far for too long, the result is pain, rib deformity, poor physiology, shortness of breath, anxiety, etc.

Lab time was generous to allow proficiency in PRI techniques, both manual and non-manual, and objective tests that indicate an individual’s neurological patterning and presence of pathology. Attendees experienced the power and swiftness of PRI’s neurological techniques -- inhibition and facilitation – to create changes to pathology-producing patterns. There isn’t a patient population out there that wouldn’t benefit from the PRI approach. Thank you to lab assistants Josh Owen, ATC, PRT, and Tracy-Lynn “I am SO ready to get my PRC” Schuster, DPT, whose guidance and clinical expertise provided clarity throughout the weekend. Great to see PRC clinics well-represented: Josh Olinick’s Steps for Recovery, Jen and Chris Poulin’s Sandhills Sports Performance, Advance PT, and Tracy Lynn’s Schuster Physical Therapy. Thank you to our avatars Debra Albrecht, PT; Nathan Crosby, DPT; Charles Fairbanks, PTA; Anthony Figuera, DPT; Linda Gutowski, DPT; Carl Heldman, DPT; Megan Humpal, PT; Caroline Lounsbury, ATC; Christiana Marron, DPT; and Pete West, DPT. Also thank you to our reader, Onyeamaechi Arinze, PT (my apologies again for botching your name all weekend. If we meet again, I’ll need to shorten it to “O”!). Finally, thank you so much to our hosts, who made the weekend go smoothly: Nathan, Anthony, Carol Harty, Deanna Mihok, Monica Sety, Keith Silcox, Pete, and Sharon Wisner. It was a pleasure to meet you all! Charles George VA will be hosting Pelvis Restoration in 2020. I highly recommend a visit to Asheville for this course. Be sure to treat yourself to a few days before or after the course to enjoy the gorgeous hikes and all that Asheville has to offer.

Posted September 27, 2019 at 4:59PM

It was another great PRI weekend in Santa Barbara, CA. Thank you Peter for hosting this past weekend. The breakfast burritos and fruit and your hospitality were amazing. The theme of the weekend was applying the science and concepts of PRI at the pelvis with patients with simplicity. Understanding these concepts and tests assist with making PRI non-manual techniques much easier with better patient outcomes. It was a great group of practitioners with a passion for PRI and learning. Many were attending their 3rd or 4th PRI course and we had three newbies in the group. Thank you for a wonderful weekend. I was humbled to be your "coach" for the weekend.

Posted September 20, 2019 at 5:33PM
Categories: Courses Techniques Science

Rosencutter Ultra Fitness, also known as Rosen-Cutting Edge Fitness, was the location of their second hosted PRI course this past weekend. Nick Rosencutter is always looking for a way to help his clients improve whether it is thru strength and conditioning, nutrition, the latest in soft tissue workand especially PRI as it applies to performance and rehabilitation. Rosencutter Ultra Fitness had six of their trainers in attendance including Nick and they have a team approach integrating PRI into client programming. Position prep is part of their programming to provide sense awareness for neutrality before, during and after workouts. We discussed this weekend that PRI loves extension for power and performance--we just don't want you to stay in extension. Equally, and perhaps more important, is the issue of rest and neutrality via flexing into neutral with adequate rib internal rotation.

The job of strength and conditioning professionals is to help clients and athletes become stronger, faster, more skilled at movement and especially durable whether you are a grandmother picking up grand kids or an olympic speed skater. Since this class was attended by so many strength and conditioning individuals, the issue of "saggitalization" was explored as well as the ability or inability to maintain or achieve competent transverse plane-ability in rotational sports. Since all sports require rotation for power and performance, the ability to orient a pelvis fully left and right then have adequate and full counter rotation of a ribcage is a must for what is known as separation of torso and pelvis.

Testing and non-manual techniques are always "ah ha" moments as they relate to position pelvis, femur, ribcage, scapulae and even neck. What is driving these positions in this course and the best answer when a student is called upon? The diaphragm of course! Manual techniques included the big three that we cover in Postural Respiration as well as a two person infra-clavicular pump that is often needed for a person that loves to stay in extension even after the best efforts via non-manual techniques to get them neutral. Also in attendance were physical therapists, a massage therapist and an ATC from Alaska who was travelling locally with the hockey team he works with. Shout out to Nick and all of his staff for their support and enthusiasm this weekend.

Posted September 19, 2019 at 4:05PM
Categories: Courses Techniques Science

This Geriatrics course is a refreshing Affiliate Course that frequently surprises attendees because all of the useful information it has in it. After the course C.M. writes, “This is one of the most influential PRI courses I have taken, providing a thorough overview of the science and concepts that challenge both the beginner and the experienced PRI clinician. Excellent.” B.B. said, “This was a great review of PRI which brought so many pieces together, while simplifying the exercises for geriatric patients.” CV said, “I love the evaluation and treatments, and they can immediately be applied to all patient types, especially geriatric and frail. The manual was easy to navigate and overall, this was a fantastic course. My favorite so far!”

James anderson teching PRI for Geriatrics in Seattle WA

Seattle Washington is is a great place to be most any time of the year. Loved all the chic waterfront restaurants and cool shops on this trip. A big thank you to the crew at Alpine Physical Therapy for being such great hosts, ...again. 3 PRC credentialed practitioners in the same clinic makes for a great learning environment. Thank you Jeremiah, Chris, and Eli. We look forward to being back next year in February for the other end of the spectrum when Lisa Mangino and I present the new Pediatrics Course. So excited to share this exciting material with all the cool practicians in the Seattle Area.

Posted September 16, 2019 at 9:34PM
Categories: Courses Clinicians Science

As all the PRI Faculty will tell you, having the opportunity to teach a PRI course in Lincoln at the Postural Restoration Institute is kind of like a homecoming. Even though it isn't really our "home court," it does feel like it. That's a testament to Hannah, RJ, Sage, and, of course, Ron and Jen. As I said in our introduction at the beginning of the course, those new to PRI couldn't have picked a better course than this one for their first dive into the science of PRI.

Myokinematic Restoration, Lincoln NE, Postural Restoration Institute

It was such a great experience to teach with Kasey Aikin, our newest PRI faculty member. She did an awesome job, and I'm eager to watch her develop and grow into her new role. We had two other PRC's in attendance as well this weekend: Lisa Bartels and Jason Masek. They have been integrated in PRI for many years, and it was so beneficial to the attendees to have them in class and during lab. Additionally, we had five other attendees who had attended multiple PRI courses prior to this one.

Myokinematic Restoration, Lincoln NE, Postural Restoration Institute

Myokinematic Restoration, Lincoln NE, Postural Restoration Institute

With all the experience in the room, with Ron and Jen providing context during the course and lab, and with the interest and energy from the attendees, the course proved to be a very fertile environment for those new to the science of PRI. Kasey presented an excellent opening and really set the table for the rest of the weekend. We opened the course with discussing osteokinematics and myokinematics surrounding the relationship between the pelvis and femur. And we finished the day with a great repositioning wrap up, which lead us right into Day 2. Kasey again set the table with another stellar opening session, and the table was set for our day of lab.

Dan Houglum, Postural Restoration Institute

Our lab times were very productive and engaging. And a lot of it was due to where we were, and the expertise in the room. I have to thank Lisa, Jason, and Jen for their help during our labs. Kasey ran a great lab session on Sunday afternoon, as well. We were fortunate to have nearly 7 hours of lab during this course. We had a 4.5:1 ratio of student to PRC in the lab. I'm not sure the first time attendees realized how valuable the lab time was, and how much we were able to get out of the time we had.

My thanks to Jennifer Bacon, Meghann Vanslager, Kelli Reilly, Kellen Goertzen, Joe Siracusano, Kristen Wassung, and Benjamin Sandman for their wonderful questions. Honestly, we had great questions from nearly everyone in the room. I think every course attendee asked a question at some point during the weekend, which just shows how great a group we were fortunate to have. For many reasons, this particular Myokinematic Restoration course was unique, and Kasey and I feel very fortunate to have been a part of it.

Austin! The Texas state capital. I traveled there to visit with the best little PT house in Texas! Star Physical Therapy. I was there to teach Impingement & Instability.  Jon Hupp PT, PRC is the owner of Star and he is a dang good clinician and a good man.  Many of you may know Jon but did you know that his daughter Skylar is an elite gymnast? She will likely get a nice scholarship as a result of her gymnastic skills. His son Sterling just started his senior year in high school football and has been doing some good playing so far! Jon’s wife’s name is Bear. Yes! Bear! I LOVE that! I met her and the minute I did I knew she was a nice lady and a kind person. She spends her time taking care of the kids and doing a ton of administrative work for Star. 

Speaking of a ton, this I&I class had a TON of participants!  Around 40. That’s a big class size for a secondary course but...well...Texas.  A dentist named Alice Lam dropped by the first morning to visit. I do some work with Dr. Lam in Houston and she is fascinated with PRI.  I&I is a complex course that explores WHY your patients have Impingement phenomena.  Did you know that they WANT to impinge? It’s neurological. That’s probably why so many veteran PRI clinicians were there. There were 5 PRC’s there: Jon Hupp, Steve Cuddy, James Guzman, Sarah Luin and Josh Elrod as well as PRT, Josh Ogden.  At the other end of the spectrum we had two PT students there. Both of them are my friends: Steven Blair and Phillip Wuellner. 

I&I explores calcaneal, patellar, hip and scapular Instability and the varied impingements that can and do occur as a result. Be prepared for multiple surprises when you take this class.  Some comments from this past weekend: “This changed how I look at the Hruska Adduction Lift Test!” “It changed how I consider the position of the heel as I address my scapular programs to decrease humeral glenoid mechanics.” Oh, and did I mention the ribcage? The deep-dive into detailed mechanics of the existing respiratory variations puts a massive neurological spin on ribcage-scapular function. Whew! I got a little crazy there for a second. Thanks Ron Hruska, for my mild derangement. I cannot WAIT to see all of you in this most fascinating course.

"Wow" was the word of the weekend at Cantrell Center for Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine and Wellness. This was one of the most enthusiastic groups this faculty member has observed with half of the attendees being new to PRI. In addition, The Cantrell Center had half of the total number of students in attendance which made this a real team effort for their facility and created a stronger culture of PRI for their facility. What I loved about this group was the balance of great questions and re-states from every one of the new students as well as the "veterans". There were two PRC's, including lab assistant Ken Smith, who stated what we all experience attending a PRI course-no matter how many courses we have had is that there is always more to absorb and learn!

Cantrell Center Exercise Physiologist "Gentle" Giant Jalen Lawrence asked some great questions on how to apply PRI to power lifting and being able to learn how to better "axial load" when lifting. This was one of the most important questions for his athletes. In addition, we discussed that PRI loves extension for performance. We just don't want to live there all the time and that flexing and internally rotating ribs is needed to down-regulate a system and help restore autonomic balance. HRV or heart rate variability was discussed in the context of Postural Respiration concepts. Autonomic function with parasympathetic inhibition upon inhalation vs. parasympathetic facilitation upon exhalation was discussed as a needed balance for HRV. Since breathing is such a common dysfunction, considering most of our patients present in a hyper-inflated, neurologically extended state, understanding diaphragm function and airflow management is a critical issue. This is not only an issue with people that come into our clinics with pain and dysfunction. It is a performance/recovery issue as well. Shout out to Mehmet, Marion and Michael from Florida who asked great questions and brought great energy. Thank you to all in attendance for making my weekend flow so well with all of you especially the "Cantrell Gang" who can collaborate and apply PRI in a supportive setting. Ken Smith, PTA, PRC was golden as our lab assistant and his energy helped move all of us along. Finally, thank you Tassie Cantrell for such a beautiful facility, great food and wonderful staff that attended and helped all weekend with set-up and clean-up duties.

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