Science

I recently did an interview with FitCast Podcast where I went over some of the concepts of the Postural Restoration Institute, breathing mechanics and applications. It is about 60 minutes long and is available as a FREE download.  The podcast can be accessed here:  http://thefitcast.com/episode-312-intro-to-pri-w-michael-mullin. Enjoy!

Posted November 8, 2014 at 12:40PM

The new Hamstring Protonic System (Protonics X1 System) is now available for purchase online. For those who might not be familiar with the Hamstring Protonic System, it was originally developed and patented by Ron Hruska in 1995 and has been used by clinicians for many years in treatment of patello-femoral pain, SI joint pain and many other symptoms related to the Left AIC pattern. Click here to access more information written by Ron Hruska on when a Hamstring Protonic System might be recommended.

PRC therapist Lisa Bartels recently submitted a letter with us sharing her excitement for the return of the Hamstring Protonic System as well as more information. There is also a special discounted program being offered for Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) and Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) professionals. 

Click here for more information or to order your new Hamstring Protonic System (Protonics X1 System)!

Posted October 7, 2014 at 7:38PM

Takashi Onuki, ATC, CSCS recently helped write an article in a Japanese magazine, Tarzan (which is similar to our Men's Health magazine here in the States) discussing PRI and asymmetry. He has also taken the time to translate the article for us so we can share the article with all of you. To view this article in English, click HERE, and to view the Japanese version click HERE! As a result of the overwhelming interest for PRI in Japan, we are hoping to take a PRI course or two to Japan next summer! Stay tuned for more information!
 

Posted August 27, 2014 at 9:08PM
Categories: Articles Science

Ron Hruska was featured in the first interview of 2014 with Joe Heiler on SportsRehabExpert.com. In this interview, Ron discusses how his life experiences have helped him to develop the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI), as well as looking at the interplay between systems and pattern predictability, polyarticular chains and the importance of inhibiting muscles, PRI treatment goals, squat patterning including thoughts on powering the squat through the respiratory system, and a whole lot more...

The interview can be accessed HERE on the free version of the website.

Posted February 4, 2014 at 4:18PM
Categories: Science Interviews

Ron Hruska addresses the role of the biceps femoris and vastus lateralis as antagonistic hip stabilizers in our most recent email question. To learn more about this, CLICK HERE!

Posted March 22, 2013 at 8:10PM
Categories: Clinicians Science

We are excited to announce that Postural Restoration® has received a registered trademark! While the Postural Restoration Institute® received a registered trademark a few years ago, this news is exciting since the science of Postural Restoration® is now exclusively owned and property of Ron and the Postural Restoration Institute®. This will help strengthen and protect the science that so many clinicians are using nationwide as a result of PRI courses and credentialing!

Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:28PM
Categories: Science

As a physical therapist who understands the problems and symptoms associated with low backs that are too extended or too deep, I feel troubled and uneasy when I see people with such extended backs.  I find myself wanting to go up to strangers and persuade them to schedule an appointment with anyone they professionally trust, to help them understand what they can do to reduce the urge, need, or reason for arching their low back too much.  Maybe I am just getting old, but I believe this is an epidemic.  I travel a great deal, giving courses to physical therapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists, dentists, optometrists, etc. on Postural Restoration® and I see this extension epidemic, everywhere.  Of course I have a cognitive bias toward those with deep backs, but again I really believe a significant amount of our respiratory, endurance and musculoskeletal issues arise from those who innocently do not know how to stop extending their backs.

We have professionals in our world today who do know how to help you reduce this extension.  The only requirement, “you” have to ask for that help.  The question you need to ask them is, “Can you help me or help me find someone who will help me learn what I need to do to reduce my back extension?”  These professionals exist; they may be a physical therapist, a massage therapist, a yoga instructor, a personal trainer, etc.  Reach out and extend your search for these people so you can feel better and live with a body that is not fighting itself.  By extending this inquiry, your back extension and everything reflected by it should reduce, such as your possible back and neck muscle tightness, your irritability, your sleeplessness, your hip pinch and knee pain.

As humans we need other humans for help when our knowledge, education and ability is limited.  Those who have as much passion as I do to reduce patterned and asymmetrical extension of the back are usually willing to integrate your daily activity in a highly demanding and physically challenging environment through “your” ability to do so.  If you can’t find these passionate professionals, consider calling someone at the Hruska Clinic for consultation. They are physical therapists that will always keep your best interests and capabilities in mind and may actually need to consult with other professionals to reduce your extension.  “Extend” this search today, so that you do “not need to extend” tomorrow.

Posted March 18, 2013 at 8:30PM
Categories: Clinicians Science

Josh Olinick, DPT, MS, PRC has begun writing about the pelvic-calcaneal relationships seen in PRI. CLICK HERE to read the first segment of a three part series where he discusses the sagittal plane. Josh did a great job with this article and his illustrations help differentiate what is occurring in the right foot vs. left foot in a Left AIC patterned individual. Stay tuned for part two (frontal plane) and three (transverse plane) of this pelvic-calcaneal relationship series!

For those of you who know Ron pretty well or if you saw his Twitter posting yesterday, you have realized that he likes to know “What’s your story?” He enjoyed reading these recent emails this past week! Thanks for sharing!

I can’t tell you how excited I am by the work that you’ve done (and are doing), bringing together concepts and techniques from various disciplines, and building a unique and incredibly insightful approach to physical therapy examination, evaluation and treatment.  I realize that your work (as all of our work) is built on the shoulders of others, and I am not prone to hyperbole, nor have I ever had a hero; still, I am awed by the genius of your constructions.  I am reeling a bit from all of the information I have received in taking 3 of PRI’s courses in the last month, but everything I have learned has resonated strongly.  There are many patients who I haven’t been able to help, many more who I could never take to 100%, and I’ve always been very aware that I was missing something.  Though I have treated very few patients with the PRI approach thus far, I am convinced that this is the missing link.  I am a bit of a continuing ed junkie, have taken many hundreds of hours of courses (most of them excellent) and am in the process of completing my DPT degree, but I have never encountered coursework that was this inspiring.  It seems that you are grossly under-appreciated in the physical therapy world and I just want to thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do! 
- Carrie S.

All of you guys at PRI are amazing!  I hope that you know how important each of your roles is.  PRI is really changing the lives of countless individuals each and every single day.  It is not only the lives of the patients, but the family members and also the clinicians that are using this.  I, for one, was super frustrated with being a PT and was feeling pretty much like I was wasting my time before I fell into a PRI course.  It was the first course that Jen Poulin had taught and it literally has changed my life. I know that it is easy to get bogged down in our daily lives and our work and to feel like what we are doing is just ‘work’ or doesn’t impact people, but it does. - Lori S

Posted March 1, 2013 at 2:51PM
Categories: Courses Clinicians Science

Thanks to Josh Olinick for sending us this email…

Just in case you guys don’t have this yet…(I keep realizing {and envying} the brilliance)

Vitruvius, the architect, says in his work on architecture that the measurements of the human body are distributed by Nature as follows that is that 4 fingers make 1 palm, and 4 palms make 1 foot, 6 palms make 1 cubit; 4 cubits make a man’s height. And 4 cubits make one pace and 24 palms make a man; and these measures he used in his buildings. If you open your legs so much as to decrease your height 1/14 and spread and raise your arms till your middle fingers touch the level of the top of your head you must know that the centre of the outspread limbs will be in the navel and the space between the legs will be an equilateral triangle.

The length of a man’s outspread arms is equal to his height.

From the roots of the hair to the bottom of the chin is the tenth of a man’s height; from the bottom of the chin to the top of his head is one eighth of his height; from the top of the breast to the top of his head will be one sixth of a man. From the top of the breast to the roots of the hair will be the seventh part of the whole man. From the nipples to the top of the head will be the fourth part of a man. The greatest width of the shoulders contains in itself the fourth part of the man. From the elbow to the tip of the hand will be the fifth part of a man; and from the elbow to the angle of the armpit will be the eighth part of the man. The whole hand will be the tenth part of the man; the beginning of the genitals marks the middle of the man. The foot is the seventh part of the man. From the sole of the foot to below the knee will be the fourth part of the man. From below the knee to the beginning of the genitals will be the fourth part of the man. The distance from the bottom of the chin to the nose and from the roots of the hair to the eyebrows is, in each case the same, and like the ear, a third of the face.

The preceding is the complete translation of the text accompanying Leonardo DaVinci’s Vitruvian Man. It is actually a translation of Vitruvius, as Leonardo’s drawing was originally an illustration for a book on the works of Vitruvius.

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