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I had the wonderful fortune to visit with Dan Houglum MSPT, ATC/L, PRC the day before this course was presented via live stream, beginning on Aug 22nd. Dan’s insight on the Institute’s past, present and upcoming future is always appreciated and questioned by me, simply because he places events, courses, course material provided in two or more courses, timelines, and approaches in an aligned state, for comparison, contrast and collocation. He and his career time have grown around this juxtaposition. He has an intuitive sense of how organizations operate by addressing and assessing this operational behavior, and therefore, he enjoys watching, and participating in, the delivery of the Impingement and Instability course; that was initially offered in 2007 without the ability of the attendee to compare it to another pre-existing course.  

The fact that the first course in February of 2007 can be compared to the last course presented in August of 2020, allows one to quickly see the similarities and the advancements. The fact of two courses, with the same title, written by the same author, can be placed close together with contrasting effects is called a juxtaposition. The juxtaposition of these two courses portray an image of position of bones in 2007 and a position of sense of these same bones in 2020. Dan took his first PRI course in 2004 and has had significant juxtaposition moments since. Juxtaposition is a word that describes the contrasting effect of two things that are placed side by side or close together. For example, two course manuals, with different dates and yet with the same information, may have juxtaposition when one of the courses have been updated, advanced or added onto. Another example of juxtaposition, is this course itself, by looking at cortical function of the human’s two sides of the body that are parallel to each other or “next to each other”. Instability on one side of the body may need to occur when the other side of the body, in the same region, is referencing impingement or the contact of two bony or joint surfaces. One side needs to cortically “loosen” up while the other side can “tighten” up.

   

This ‘positional juxtaposition’ helps us appreciate the need to experience instability, to remain on guard and prepared, as well as the need to experience impingement, to remain confident and in control, when we lose sense of composure. Parallelism of our two sides of our body, and their associated neurologic and orthopedic juxtapositions, has always been a strong interest of Dan’s, and having him by my side, when I taught this live stream course, gave me and everyone that was present, a considerable amount of favorable comparative contrast.

Posted August 31, 2020 at 9:35PM
Categories: Clinicians Courses Science

We are excited to announce that registration for our newest secondary course "Forward Locomotor Movement" is now open! Make sure to visit the course page, to read more information about this new course! The first opprotunity to move forward with this material is schedule for October 3-4th, dont miss out!

Course Description

This course offers the attendee an opportunity to re-examine ‘gait’, ‘ambulate’, ‘walking’, ‘bipedalism’, and ‘locomotion’ by addressing the cortical coordination of the human limbs that are responsible for individual forward locomotor movement patterns. Neurological and physiological dominance is designed around introspective habituation and compensation, that reflects physical predominant hemispheric loading and cortical hemi-spatial flow. A comprehensive, and up to date, review of literature and research on cortical dominance and associated pre-existing dominance factors that define interlimb and intralimb interaction during forward movement of the body, is offered. Arm and leg control, and overall associated motor function of human swing, support and propulsion will be addressed through asymmetrical gravitational balance effort and anti-gravitational eccentric considerations. Both, arm and leg control, and function in human locomotion, will be dissected and described, as a novel introduction to integrated upper and lower extremity movement, and hemi-spatial awareness and hemi-chest activity will be outlined, for all phases of forward locomotor movement. Clinical recommendations for individual introspection of forward locomotor movement will be provided throughout the course. Eccentric control of functional cortical predominant patterned limitations on locomotor movement, along with multisystem guidelines for reweighting balance through limb use, will be provided through the use of PRI non-manual technique application.

Posted August 15, 2020 at 3:24PM
Categories: Courses Science

Page 22 and ‘The Room Where It Happens’  

On page 22 of this very updated course, the first bullet reads; “After significant reflection on historical ‘patterned occlusal pathomechanics’ of the teeth and corresponding feet over the years of clinical integrated interdisciplinary practice, I believe the human neck is the greatest neuromechanical mediator and indicator of treatment outcome.”  It was so enjoyable to put this course together and be able to write page 22. The organization and the establishment of content, beginning with a discussion on teeth and feet provisional occlusal interference, fulfilled my intense desire to explain how teeth and feet interfere and intercede on each other. Having twelve dentists present and willing to learn how postural mechanics are regulated by appendicular skeletal musculature interplay with oral facial skeletal musculature, was so gratifying. These dentists will play a major role in the future restoration of non-integrated feet and teeth mal-occlusal patterning. The interaction of these dentists, with other PRI minded, movement professionals, will help define what “true postural” occlusal restoration entails.

On page 22 of this very futuristic course, the second bullet reads; “Restoring normal occlusal patterns of function at specific stages of tooth to tooth contact/interference and foot to ground contact /interference, reduces cervical pathomechanics and related symptomology." This is the intent of this course …

I hope many more professionals, in the future, will want to be on page 22 where  “PATTERNED OCCLUSAL PATHOMECHANICS AND THEIR POSSIBLE UNDERLYING BIOMECHANICAL CONTRIBUTION” influence on interdisciplinary intervention decision processing, begins. I truly feel that there will be more of us in the future that will want to be like Hamilton, in the recent musical, when he said to “Mr. Burr, Sir”; “I want to be in the room where it happens.”  I believe all of our descendants, along with interdisciplinary minded professionals, will “want to be in the room where occlusion happens”.

Posted August 7, 2020 at 7:33PM
Categories: Clinicians Courses Science

Ron Hruska is excited to be an upcoming presenter for the AAMS Virtual Congress Reimagined. This virtual congress is featuring over 100 speakers in 9 tracks, over the month of August. Ron will be presenting on Friday, August 14th, on "Postural Interplay Between the Tongue, Teeth and Throat - A Novel Model of Interdisciplinary Integration". Virtual congress attendees are able to participate via live stream for the upcoming presentations, and attendees will also receive access to all presentations on demand until October 1st. CLICK HERE to view the program and register at www.aamsinfo.org/2020-congress.

Posted August 6, 2020 at 1:21PM
Categories: Clinicians Science


We are excited to announce the release of our newest product! The Restoring Alternation Patient Guide is now available! This guide has been put together to help bring awareness to the activities that we perform regularly in our daily lives.This 16-page guide outlines several daily activities which are commonly performed in dominant or patterned positions, and demonstrates alternate ways and instruction to perform them. Copies of this guide can be purchased through the Institute, to provide and discuss with your patients and clients, the importance of decreasing the over-dominance of one side of the body, and using both your left and right sides with alternation and balance.

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Posted August 5, 2020 at 4:57PM
Categories: Products Science

Teaching the Geriatrics Course via live-stream was awesome for a number of reasons. First, it was great to be in Lincoln Nebraska in person at the Postural Restoration Institute. You take something like that for granted when travel and human interaction is restricted the way it has been. I love being at the institute and associating with their staff because it reminds me of coming home to good friends and family. So good to see Hannah, Matt and Jen and to spend time getting caught up with all the fun events in their lives. It was also super great to have Jen’s expert assistance as the producer of the entire course experience. I couldn’t have done it without her and the amazing AV technology and teaching environment available at the institute. Thank you so much for ensuring that things went so well for the course attendees.

A second reason the course was awesome is that these live-stream courses give the instructor more time to discuss and practice the actual exercise techniques. The break out lab sessions to practice testing and treatments in traditional live courses become individualized learning sessions that can be taught very efficiently via live-stream. Not only are the tests and treatments taught more efficiently, but the recording of the course is available to the learner for further review at home after the course to solidify the learning experience. So I was able to teach, demonstrate and guide the course attendees through more of the actual exercise techniques with this new learning format than I am normally able to.

And the last reason the course was awesome was the actual course attendees and the things they had to contribute. We had a broad range of professionals from all parts of the US, across Asia and Europe. We were all together at the same time, irregardless of time zone, and shared in one another’s learning. There are too many of you to thank, but please know your attendance at the course and your contributions made the experience much better for all of us. The questions you asked via live discussion and via chat submission, together with the many comments shared throughout both days made the course especially fun for me. Thank you everyone and I hope the additional review days after the course proved to be a strong addition to your overall learning.

Posted July 28, 2020 at 8:43PM

Several months ago Ron asked me if I would like to come to Lincoln and co-teach Cervical Revolution via Zoom the last weekend in June this year. Our discussion took place as the Covid Crisis was peaking and getting on a plane, even a nearly empty one, wasn’t on my bucket list. I thought, heck, we are in the middle of a national health crisis and what could be my options? Then it hit me. Road Trip!


Yes, I decided to drive from La Jolla to Lincoln in my pick-up truck via Jackson Hole, WY, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park and get back some of my long lost cowboy along the way!  What a trip and the opportunity to wander and explore some of the most beautiful places in this country and wildness anyone can imagine. The harmony of beauty and wildlife of the “American Savannah” was a perfect place to be while leaving the pandemic behind. Masks and appropriate distancing along the way of course with a can of grizzly bear spray on walks away from the maddening crowd was just what was needed! The animals in the Tetons and Yellowstone are accommodating, some more like hams, for pictures and conversation as long as you keep your distance. Bears, marmots, osprey, bison, elk, white pelicans, Canadian geese, swans, hawks, eagles and beavers were a few of my friends on this part of my solo journey. Though I had ridden horses in my youth and used to guide stable trail rides as a teen, I hadn’t been on a horse in over 30 years and it felt natural again to be on “Baby”, a seasoned trail horse of the Grand Tetons. John Denver’s ballad “A Song of Wyoming” was playing gently in my mind all the while as I got my cowboy restored for just a little bit. The Millennial’s right about now are having an “OK Boomer” moment wondering who’s John Denver?


After 9 days in the Tetons it was time to head to Lincoln, NE via the Native American Wind River of Wyoming and the Rattlesnake Mountain Range beyond headed to the Plains. Well howdy, I am off to the next adventure with the Hruska Clan and my PRI “Fam”. We had 4 days together for catching up, recording a new PRIVY with Ron and I and then co-teaching Cervical Revolution.


Every PRI course has the same basic outline that is followed over the weekend but every course manual has many times the information that can be covered. Every time a  PRI course is taught, even if the same course, it will be different depending on the questions asked by the students and where the faculty member is in their understanding of the material. This course was no different and both Ron and I were able to interact and expand on what each of us were presenting. Teaching with Ron is so fun since he is always pushing the limits of understanding of this science.


What was fun for both Ron and I was that he got to be a patient for the first time in a course as I performed cervical tests on him. Teaching via zoom is the new world for all of us for now at least and this was my first experience being on the transmitting end of things. Jen Platt is a master at organizing and facilitating the experience and her behind the scenes prepwork is irreplaceable. The interaction was engaging and totally fun with students from all parts of the country as well as other countries including Japan, Australia, Canada, Europe and California! Performing a lab with a student without being right there “hands on” has become an art with Ron and is a powerful way to illuminate how to affect lateralization and sagittalization for the purpose of restoring neutrality. The atlanto-occipital junction is a highly reflexive and neurologic region that has to be respected and integrated into any PRI program. Included this weekend in the opening remarks was “Cervical Revolution by the numbers” which include this is the fifth appendage, is highly neurologic, reflexive, has two main openings, needs just the right amount of tone and most especially the fact we have two necks. These two necks need to oscillate back and forth and brainstem via the A/O joint is regulating everything that goes through it!  


The relationship between the cervical spine, especially the atlas and occipital bone, the cranium and occlusion was defined and explored as Cervical Revolution is becoming much easier to understand as the course content has been refined and described in a powerful more concise way. Thank you to all the students in attendance including Mike Cantrell and his input during the course. Thank you Jen Platt for your making this course happen along with RJ, Hannah and Matt. And Ron, Thank You for the opportunity for my road trip and an opportunity to team teach with you. All of us faculty members miss live courses, our PRI family, friends and peers that take these courses, and the opportunity to share PRI with our colleagues.

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Course Attendee Testimonial:

"I am writing to express my huge gratitude to you, Ron and Skip for the amazing work you all have done over the last two days. Yesterday we finished the course at 12:30~ AM my time (Malta), now it's 6 o'clock in the morning and I woke up just because I could not wait to share it with you.


So yesterday after "Standin Alternating Reciprocal Cranial Expansion" I shared that I felt click on the right temporal/jaw area followed by the left click every time during end exhalation while  standing on the right leg. However maybe due to the stress of first time being on the camera in my life, maybe sitting all day, or maybe that I kept playing with my left posterior mediastinum before - I did not feel very differently after the technique when Ron asked me about it. However, about 20-30 seconds after the attention shifted away from me, stress levels went down, I suddenly felt something different. It was hard to explain what it was, but it felt like there was a "huge beam of attention" striking to my left leg. I didn't share it right away since the state I found myself in felt a bit confusing and I wasn't sure what I was feeling. So right after the course finished I went to a hot shower and as I was in there, I decided to repeat the technique. The same click was there again, I stayed in it for a few breaths longer than before. And suddenly the world has shifted. It felt like my right side shrank down, it felt like I became smaller. Suddenly I felt like I just opened my legs and had them wider, although my legs didn't move. I went to sleep, and I woke up on my back which never happened in my life, as normally the only position I can fall asleep in is on my belly. Not only that, but I had a pillow shoved in under my right lower ribs, which I found super strange as I don't remember myself doing it (maybe related to my right lower ribs being "shifted" back as I am ex-boxer and had them broken 9 years ago and they healed in the retracted position).

 
I woke up feeling different in a really really good way, and I jumped out of my bed feeling sore regret  that I didn't get the chance to share this with the other course attendees. Now I know what it is to be a BELIEVER in what you were teaching!

I bow my head to you Jennifer, to Skip and Ron! You guys are my heroes, and I can not express how thankful I am that you are taking the world of "non-denominational" health into another dimension! I feel like this is the best course I have ever taken in my life. And I will continue to take courses from you! I believe you guys are God gifted to bring this message to the world and you are doing a miraculous work of fulfilling that duty! I am hooked, and I hope to someday stand with you guys on the same boat of understanding, and I will put daily effort until I get there!"

- Timas (Malta Island)

Posted July 7, 2020 at 4:12PM
Categories: Courses Science

Writing up a summary of an overview of a course that covers the most prominent patterns of impingement, instability, interference, and influence related to cortical and functional dominance is difficult to do, especially when my mind wants to elaborate on all the material that relates to only four anatomical regional tabs in the course manual. This course is fun to teach. That is about as short of a summary I can make. This course is an overview of ‘my’ cortical function as it relates to biased concepts (my concepts), on human biased compression and de-compression. Explaining the human’s brain cortical functional dominance integration, built off of the sense of the bottom of paired calcaneuses, taluses, tibias, acetabulums, and fossae of scapulas is a gift, and an enjoyable challenge for me, after looking at this ‘traditional’ way of thinking for over four decades. This is a novel way of approaching the way we use our mass on the floor/ground, posterior shelf of the calcaneus, top of the talus, top of the tibial condyle’s plateau, top of femoral head, and top of the ribs of the thorax for sense of pressure.   

That’s why this summary is so short;  “It is fun to teach!”

Posted June 19, 2020 at 3:49PM
Categories: Courses Science

We are taking a break from our Tuesday night "PRI Breathing Mechanics in COVID Times" webinar series this week, as Ron Hruska will be presenting on the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD) webinar!

The title for thir webinar is "AIRWAY MANAGEMENT: Implementing Interdisciplinary Concepts Associated with Forward Locomotor Movement". This webinar discussion will outline how the body is moved forward during forward locomotor effort and how this effort influences and auto-regulates nasopharynx, oropharynx, hypopharynx and larynx airflow. Three questions will be addressed.

  1. How does forward locomotor movement (FLM) influence pharyngeal and laryngeal movement of air?
  2. How can one implement change in FLM patterns and improve pharynx and larynx air flow? 
  3. And finally, how can attributes of FLM be maintained or optimized by “airway” inter-disciplinary minded professionals when FLM ends?

This free webinar is tomorrow, May 19th at 9pm ET/8pm CT. To register, CLICK HERE!

Posted May 18, 2020 at 5:47PM
Categories: Science

We had a great time last night on our first "PRI Breathing Mechanics in COVID Times" free webinar! We had around 250 people join us, and we look forward to hopefully growing this number in the coming weeks. If you missed the live webinar last night, you can access the recording on the Webinars page on our website. A PDF handout of the PowerPoint slides is also available on the Webinars page.

Below is the 3rd (of Ron's Top 10 Chest Wall COVID Breathing Techniques that we will be discussing further on these webinars) non-manual technique clinical reasoning break down. We invite you to review and try this technique a few times over the next week, as we will be discussing this and more on next Tuesday's webinar.

Standing Supported Left Glute Push

Let’s start with the title of this PRI Non-Manual technique.

This “standing” technique requires wearing shoes that provide good heel counter support, arch support and a toe box that will allow the toes and forefoot to easily spread out in the shoe. You will also need to push a table next to a wall to prevent it from moving forward as you push it forward with your hands (or you could use a kitchen or bathroom counter in your home). This PRI technique is designed to place one in a 'Valsalva-like' maneuver position between the exhalation and the inhalation phases, without blowing up a balloon and holding the expelled air or while pinching off the nose. 
 
In this technique, the force applied by the table and floor allow the tongue and mouth to close off the airway and properly use the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm to exhale and inhale without engaging the neck or back under moderate pressure created by closing off the pharynx with the pharyngeal muscle and the larynx/trachea with the tongue muscle. This voluntary control of the abdomen is maintained during the entire technique, without having to think about how to “hold” the contraction of the abdominals during both phases of the respiration cycle. It is a wonderful way to teach someone how to inhale with good opposition to the diaphragm so that its effectiveness on opening up the mid and lower chest wall is maximized, as the subconscious effort of maintaining abdominal stabilization is minimized.

The “support” of the upper extremities, offered by the stable table or counter, also allows one to lift the right leg up and the right foot off the floor as the left glutes "push” the body forward to further stabilize the lower trunk and pelvis as the right hip is raised up. This activity co-activates more integrative assistance from the right hip flexors, the right lower trapezius and long head of the triceps and left abdominal wall. When all said and done the tension and internal pressure created by the lengthened anterior shoulder and hip flexors enables one to breathe with the diaphragm under high compliance and forgiveness of lateral and posterior chest wall tension.
 
This technique is, therefore, a good technique because the lateral, posterior, apical and base surfaces of both lungs can expand easily upon diaphragmatic contraction, secondary to chest wall compliance and the gravitational force displaced on the abdominal contents. The internal organs fall anteriorly and off the front of the thoracic and lumbar spine. It is also, an excellent postural drainage technique for the posterior lobes of the mid to lower lungs, preceding the standing positional induced coughing that more than likely will follow with those who are experiencing difficulty breathing because of fluid-filled alveolar sacs.

Here are some additional comments about the steps that follow the title and pictorial examples, along with the reasoning for the procedural step.

Stand with your feet parallel to each other and directly under both hips. While keeping both heels on the floor lean forward to place your outstretched hands on the table in front of you. Now move your feet back so that your back is close to being parallel with the surface your hands are supported by, and the floor or ground you are standing on. You should feel a gentle stretch through the back of your heels and lower legs. Maintain heel contact with the floor or ground surface, especially on the left side.

These first two steps are important because you are now in a position where anything you do from this point on will foster more uniform opening of the entire circumference of your chest walls. This position, as reflected by the person in the second photo, also indicates that the attachment sites of the latissimus muscle on the side of your chest wall is in its lengthened state, as both of its attachment sites are distracted from each other. In other words, the arms are moving away from the mid to low spine, as the spine is more rounded than “U” shaped in this position.

This is an optimal position for the diaphragm to be in for coastal or mid to lower rib cage expansion upon contraction. It also is a great position for one to sense the abdomen lift the abdomen up against gravity and feel how one’s own body weight can serve as an element for abdominal strengthening with optimal diaphragmatic influence on the chest wall mechanics for ideal ventilation and perfusion at the anterior base of each lung’s lower lobes.
   
Shift your left hip back in Step 3 to engage your right hand as a pusher and to sense, activate, and lengthen your left outside hip muscles in preparation of using these same muscles to lift your right foot a few inches off the floor. While keeping your back parallel to the floor, in other words do not let your mid back sag toward the ground, lift your right knee up and your right foot off the floor/ground. The weight of your body should now be felt through both wrists and hands, your left hip, your abdominals especially on the left, (if you feel your right abdominals more than the left, you need to push more with your right hand into the table you are supported by) and the entire bottom of your left foot. This ‘highly integrated contracted’ position replaces the need to do this activity by blowing up a balloon correctly using PRI methodology.

Now hold this position as you take a deep breath in through your nose as you “push” with the above musculature and reference sites, outlined in Step 3. Then blow out through pursed lips or your mouth slowly by pushing slightly more with above muscles and sites. The most important consideration in Step 4 is to transition slowly from exhalation to inhalation with a “pause” (Valsalva pause) in between the exhalation and inhalation phase, without losing the “push” from your body while breathing in this reciprocal state of glossal sealing and pharyngeal closing during respective inhalation and pre-exhalation reciprocal breathing.

Stay tuned for more discussion on Ron's Top 10 Chest Wall COVID Breathing Techniques on our upcoming webinars and blog!

Posted May 7, 2020 at 12:15AM
Categories: Techniques Science
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