Clinicians

We are excited to introduce SYMBA! (Synchronized Movement of Bilateral Asymmetry) As many of you may be familiar with the Pelvis Models that are frequently utilized within the PRI community, you may also begin to see the use of our newest collaboration with the team at SAWBONES. This articulated Ribcage is fully functional in providing visual feedback to your patients or clients and allows many PRI concepts to be demonstrated. We have been working over the past several months to develop this model which allows movement in all three planes!

The photos Included below show some of the many prototypes that were created between our staff here at the Institute and the team of engineers at SAWBONES in Vashon, WA.

This image shows the initial prototype (Left) which quickly progressed to the smaller size.

Sizing and designing of this model required creating a new mold to achieve the desired dimensions which was made from a newly created resin that allows the model to bend and rotate. Initially the spinal column was in a solid state and a new mold and material was again designed to allow flexion and extension of the spine to occur. The team at SAWBONES is top notch and although many of these requirements were difficult to achieve they never gave up and continued designing until these outcomes were met.

SYMBA, is available now!

For more Information CLICK HERE.

To see all available Tri-Planar Models CLICK HERE

Posted August 13, 2018 at 8:41PM

The Cantrell Center for Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine, & Wellness is NOW HIRING!

We're proud to have served Middle Georgia and the community at large for over twenty-five years, as an independently owned clinic and wellness facility.  We are a collaborative environment, where patient care is paramount and each team member’s gifts and experiences blend to create an atmosphere of integrity and encouragement. As part of our team, you will work side-by-side with like-minded and dedicated colleagues, while enjoying the opportunity to build your own career.  Located in Warner Robins, Georgia, the Cantrell Center is positioned in the Middle of the state!  Just a quick drive to Atlanta or the beach, Warner Robins offers convenience to any interest without the crime rate and elevated costs of a larger city.  Visit the website of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce for more information about the city of Warner Robins.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR:  

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Here's why professionals like Cindy and Erin has been with the Cantrell Center for over a decade...

  • Cantrell Center clinicians work in a facility where their knowledge and skills are valued
  • Cantrell Center clinicians possess a personal drive and desire for excellence
  • Cantrell offers a unique mentorship program

Why settle for less than this in your career? 

DPTs & PTAs:  If this describes who you want to be, please contact:

Mary Oakley, PT, CHT
vpop@cantrellcenter.com
478.953.3535

Hear it straight from the Cantrell Center Team:

"21 years ago, I recognized that this company was like no other and latched onto it. The focus was on providing each and every client with the highest quality physical therapy experience available. Period.  The second focus was on treating employees like family. Period. These very basic premises have not changed. This living, breathing entity called The Cantrell Center is like no other." - Mary Oakley, PT, CHT

"Not many people can say that they've been with a company longer than they've been married.  Or that their boss helped welcome the both of their kids (age 12 & 7).  I seriously have the best bosses ever.  And my co-workers are just icing on the cake.  I couldn't imagine my life without the Cantrell Center in it!" - Erin Bennett, PTA

"What initially drew me to the Cantrell Center was the small, intimate setting, and the fact that my classmate and friend, Erin Bennett, had already been hired earlier in the year.  I am so happy to work alongside my best friend and others who I can happily call my friends and family." - Cindy Rice, PTA, PRC

"After working at PT practices in 5 different states, I interviewed at the Cantrell Center and knew I had found a PT home. The camaraderie among the staff and the outstanding patient clientele sold me on the Cantrell Center. I've been here 14 years and have not once wanted to work anywhere else. There really is a Cantrell difference." - Lola Rosenbaum, DPT

"I have worked at the Cantrell Center longer than any other facility in my 30+ year career.  I have no desire to work anywhere else.  This is home!  I feel it is the people here at the clinic that make this place special, both staff and patients/clients.  The enthusiasm and friendliness of our Wellness clients and patients is up lifting.  The staff and their genuine care for others – coworkers, patients and clients, keeps me here.  I also enjoy the opportunity to continually learn and become a better therapist and the emphasis on quality care that is encouraged here." - Linda Bratcher, MPT  

"I initially chose to work at the Cantrell Center because I knew that when people asked me where I was working right out of school that I would be proud to say that I worked at the Cantrell Center over any other facility in the area. Eight years later, I feel the same way. I love providing quality PT to wonderful patients and working alongside amazing coworkers. The Cantrell Center is like a second family to me, and I can't imagine working anywhere else." - Jamie Lochner, DPT, PRC

For information about the Cantrell Center, please visit us on: Facebook and Instagram.

 

Posted June 8, 2018 at 2:30PM
Categories: Clinicians

In March, Ron Hruska participated in a live video webinar for the American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry (AAPMD), titled “Which Side Are You On? The Cervical Revolution.” If you were unable to join the live webinar, you can now get access to this one hour video via the AAPMD webinar library, as well as many other interdisciplinary webinars on the topics of airway management, sleep, myofunctional therapy, among others. If you are interested in viewing multiple webinars in the AAPDM webinar library, becoming a member of the AAMPD will be well worth the price. Otherwise, a single webinar can be purchased for $35.00.

Posted May 25, 2018 at 2:00PM
Categories: Clinicians Videos

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

This past week, at our Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium, we presented the PRI Director’s Dedication Award to two very deserving women who have had a tremendous impact on our Institute; Lori Thomsen and Jennifer Poulin. 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); and Michal Niedzielski (December 2015). An award recognition plaque is currently being designed and constructed, and will be displayed at the Postural Restoration Institute®, recognizing each of the PRI Directors Dedication Award recipients.

Lori Thomsen graduated in 1995 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with her Masters in Physical Therapy. She was first introduced to PRI while working at RiverView Health in Crookston, MN in 2003. Lori was a member of the 2005 Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) class. Lori spent countless hours with Ron Hruska helping to organize and structure the Pelvis Restoration course, and joined the PRI faculty to begin teaching this course in 2010. Lori is a teacher at heart, both with her patients as well as colleagues in her PRI courses. You will see this demonstrated in the many videos, articles and blogs she has created over the years.

Jen Poulin graduated in 1991 from the University of Vermont with her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy. She attended her first PRI course (Protonics) in Burlington, VT in 2001. Jen and her husband Chris opened Poulin Performance and Rehabilitation in Burlington, VT in 2002. Jen was also a member of the 2005 Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) class. In 2012, Jen and her family moved to Southern Pines, NC and opened Sandhills Sports Performance, where their staff continues to grow, as they mentor them with PRI. After expressing her interest in teaching PRI to Ron, Jen joined the PRI faculty in 2009, teaching Myokinematic Restoration, and Pelvis Restoration beginning in 2013.

Thank you Lori and Jen for your ongoing dedication to the Postural Restoration Institute®, and congratulations on receiving the PRI Director’s Dedication Award!

Posted April 28, 2017 at 3:18PM
Categories: Clinicians

On a sunny Sunday in June, the staff at Advance Physical Therapy in Chapel Hill, NC invited second year physical therapy students from UNC Chapel Hill to attend a screening for treating pain and dysfunction using Postural Restoration. The experience produced many and varied positive outcomes for all involved. We thought other PRI clinicians might like to know what we learned.

On the students: I teach PT students annually each spring. Inevitably this endeveour culminates in a line of young, high achieving, overworked, overstressed, mostly PEC’s at my door. Further, after years of attending courses within the institute, it seems the most dysfunctional and complex patients are often the PT’s sitting around me. We ourselves realize the profound benefits of PRI most when we feel the effects personally. As with PT practitioners, when PT students are offered plausible mechanisms for their chronic painful states, and more when they are changed by PRI, openness to the approach is enthusiastic. Working with students in this way seems powerful toward the PRI paradigm shift we would like to see within PT. The students also offered helpful feedback with regard to comparing different clinician handling for PRI tests.

On our clinicians: With 12 willing student subjects in the clinic, we couldn’t resist the temptation to try a bit of inter rater reliability among our clinicians for 3 basic PRI screening tests: Adduction Drop Test (ADT), Humeral Glenoid Internal Rotation (HGIR) and Cervical Axial Rotation (CAR).

In looking at our findings, it seems consistency among us was good for ADT and HGIR. Our values for CAR were frankly inconsistent, giving us an opportunity to discuss and problem solve on the utility and practice of CAR, as a group. Related topics entering later discussions included:

  • use of pillows and other forms of support during testing to accommodate clinicians capacity and patient comfort – perhaps changing patient tolerance for testing?,
  • anthropomorphics influencing decision-making (for example should a short femur on a wide pelvis drop as far as a long femur on a narrow pelvis?),
  • unique descriptions and measures during testing ranging from formally measured degrees, to estimates of %, or use of ++, each often with written distinctions for quality of motion and leading to diagnosis and treatment thinking,
  • pelvic/hip instability, frank hypermobility influencing test results, esp. false negatives?,
  • SI dysfunction perhaps influencing test results in strange patterns like + R ADT, - L ADT?,
  • repeated testing influencing test results?

On our clinic as a whole: All together at a follow up meeting, we watched each other do these same tests, this time on one subject, to discuss our individual thinking without the “blinding” we employed with the students. In the end we discovered we each employed unique positioning and preferences for support. Our collective descriptions, thinking and rationale for ratings were insightful and got us all looking more creatively about our own process with a greater likelihood of being in the same neighborhood, if not exactly the same page as our fellow PRI clinicians.

Posted August 31, 2016 at 2:35PM
Categories: Clinicians Science

Straight out of the Hruska Clinic, Jason Masek's third article will be published in the Co-Kinetic (formerly known as SportEX) April 2016 issue, as well as online at https://co-kinetic.com/#_l_5w.

Check out a preview!! online at the Hruska Clinic Blog or on our You Tube Channel.

Posted March 31, 2016 at 7:21PM
Categories: Clinicians Articles

The following article was inspired by the book, The Brain’s Sense of Movement by Alain Berthoz and the concepts taught by the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI). The purpose of this narrative is to explore the multisensory nature of PRI.

Traditionally, we presume that the goal of our PRI interventions is to create postural changes and thus function via first repositioning to achieve positional and neuromuscular neutrality by decreasing the dominant L AIC/R BC/R TMCC lateralized pattern, followed by retraining the body to be able to fully appreciate the submissive R AIC/L BC/L TMCC pattern, and finally restoring authentic reciprocal alternation between the two. This ultimately means the ability to walk and breathe utilizing all 3 planes of motion as well as have the movement variability capacity to experience other potential functional strategies of these synergistic patterns such as sports performance activities or simply carrying an object while walking.

Within this paradigm, we tend to think about inhibiting specific chains of muscle (members of the L AIC/R BC/R TMCC) while facilitating the opposing R AIC/L BC/L TMCC neuromuscular synergistic pattern. More details of these chains and their composition can be found at https://www.posturalrestoration.com/the-science. Depending on an individual’s specific patterns and where they are in their restorative process, some of these chains and plane of function (meaning sagittal, frontal, and transverse) may need to be emphasized more than others. However, the bottom line is that PRI practitioners are mainly considering within their treatment rationales which chain(s) of these synergistic patterns of neuromuscular function need to be inhibited/facilitated and the corresponding plane of emphasis. Again, this is all for the goal of efficient and effective movement.

In my recent previous article (http://www.posturalrestoration.com/community/post/2633/biasing-bilateralism-with-unilateral-sensory-and-manual-integration-by-heather-carr?id=2633), I discussed the interrelated somatosensory nature of neuromuscular function. This means that the brain is programmed not only to simply facilitate or inhibit various agonistic and antagonistic chains of muscle but that this mechanism is accompanied by the ability to also sense and feel these contractions, accompanying body segment positions, and movement relative to each other. To be more specific, our somatosensors (such as tactile, proprioceptive, and kinesthetic receptors) are feeding the brain information regarding position, velocity, and acceleration. In PRI, we refer to these as reference centers. PRI teaches 6 key ones (as described in the Impingement and Instability course) that when one has the ability to sense they most likely can also simultaneously engage the corresponding desired neuromuscular chains and hence movement patterns for better function and performance. The brain does not aim to separate motor from tactile, proprioceptive, and kinesthetic processing but needs all of this information for proper motion. In cases where there is impairment here, such as with a stroke or peripheral neuropathy, movement capability can become significantly dysfunctional.

Let’s take this a step further. When processing somatosensory signaling, the brain concurrently needs other sensory signals that are crucial for desired movement goals. This includes vestibular, visual, and auditory reception and thus perception. The vestibular receptors provide critical information to the brain such as where the head is oriented with respect to gravity, its velocity and acceleration, as well as the plane of its motion. In fact, the semicircular canals are organized in 3 perpendicular planes with one another which enables the differentiation between sagittal, transverse, and frontal vectors of head movement. This triplanar architecture is reflected in the subcortical areas where the 3 dimensional directional information is retained and further integrated with visual, auditory, and somatosensory signals. Furthermore, muscles are represented in the brain by their “eigenvectors”, their own virtual vectors that convey the amplitude of force exerted by each muscle and its corresponding plane of action. There seems to exist patterns of redundancy with the orientation of the planes of the semicircular canals to how the brain processes 3 dimensional movement and position to enable more consistent sensory processing. For example, the three pairs of extraocular muscles are approximately parallel to the planes of the semicircular canals likely making it easier for the brain to reconcile triplanar multisensory information.

What is important to understand is that without the merging of ALL the sensory information, the brain will not be able to completely know its position and movement with respect to itself, the ground, and other objects. For example, without synchronized signals from both the visual the vestibular systems, the brain wouldn’t be able to tell whether the body and/or the environment is moving. Without appropriate integrated tactile, proprioceptive, and kinesthetic signaling, the brain has no idea where its body segments are positioned relative to the head and the ground. Without proper visual processing, the body loses information regarding orientation of the position of self with relation to the environment coupled with reduced direction, speed, and acceleration of movement signaling. Furthermore, the auditory system also provides information regarding environmental space as patterns of sound are detected and contribute to an individual’s orientation relative to their surroundings. In sum, postural positioning and movement with respect to the self, ground, and other objects is dependent on all of these sensory signals.

Not only do we need authentic sensory signaling from the vestibular, visual, auditory, and sensorimotor systems but this information must be perceived by the brain in a coherent manner. Thus the term, “neurosensory coherence,” describes this phenomenon. There are certain parts of the brain such as the superior colliculus, cerebellum, and lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus that are especially important for merging these signals together and communicating with around 20 other brain structures. In fact, these sensory pathways are so intertwined that some neurons can respond to different types of sensory receptor signals. For example, 2nd order vestibular neurons fire from both oculomotor and neck efferent signals as well as incoming afferent vestibular, visual, and proprioceptive signals. Some bimodal neurons can be fired with either visual or tactile input and thus can create the same perception. The visual stimulus of a finger moving to touch one’s face can be perceived as actually touching the face without real contact due to the overlapping tactile and visual receptor field function. Some cases of hemi neglect have shown that injection of cold water into the ear and thus stimulating the vestibular system can temporarily alleviate symptoms of neglect including hemianopsia (seeing only ½ of a visual field) and/or hemianethesia (reduced sensation on ½ of the body). Likewise, somatosensory stimuli (example of transcutaneous electrical-stimulation) as well as visual stimuli (such as prism glasses) can also reduce symptoms of neglect. What this means is that a somatosensory stimulus can simultaneously be perceived as a somatosensory, vestibular, or visual stimulus and vice versa. The somatosensory primary cortex seems to have no preference for the various sensory inputs. There are a variety of neurosensory patterns in the brain that can all contribute to neurosensory perception and body schema. Therefore, movement ultimately creates and requires a symphony of somatosensory, visual, vestibular, and auditory sensory signaling that must be properly synchronized, merged, and modulated together with other cortical and subcortical discharge. When this neurosensory coherence occurs, desired and efficient movement is permitted. Therefore, in cases where this is not occurring the clinical dilemma involves figuring out which sensory system(s) to manipulate to achieve the desired functional outcome.

Within the paradigm of PRI, we assume an inherent asymmetry and lateralization of the postural system. However, based on the information presented in this article, I hope you are now also assuming this includes an asymmetrical and lateralized sensory system. Once again, the brain merges all of this information together for processing posture and movement modulation. The brain is actually constantly checking to see if how it predicted position and motion was indeed perceived as accurate. Furthermore, this information is not just being used to only put us in certain positions and permit movement but also is concurrently telling us where we are located in space relative to the ground and peripheral environment. Movement is orientation and orientation is movement. For example, the brain regulates the firing threshold of a motor neuron. This threshold (meaning how easy or difficult it is to fire) is influenced by the position of the body part and thus also has a spatial dimension within it. Considering both the agonist and antagonist facilitation or inhibition tendencies (think PRI patterns), these thresholds convey spatial information because of their correlation to different body segment angles. This is one of the main principles that PRI non-manual techniques are based on.  We are attempting to encode new threshold relationships between agonists and antagonists in synergistic patterns in specific positions which concurrently encode new spatial patterns with vestibular, visual, and auditory frames of reference. 

To help understand this concept even more, wherever you are right now pause to do the following: Acknowledge the position you are in and how this feels. For example, if you are sitting where do you and don’t feel pressure? What angles are your body segments at? Can you sense whether your body is leaning or rotated in a particular direction? Are you moving? Are you on an object that is moving (car) or are you moving on an object (walking on the ground)? Are objects moving around you (cars or people)? What sounds do hear? Are they coming from far or near? Now for the punchline: ALL of what you just experienced, including what you see and hear is YOU. Not only is your body but also what you perceive beyond your personal space is YOU. It is YOUR NEUROSENSORY WORLD. The question then becomes: is your neurosensory world coherent on both sides of not only your body but also SPACE which includes the visual and sound fields?

If you exist in a lateralized body and world, you therefore not only posture and move differently on each side but you also perceive space such as the ground, gravity, objects, and sound asymmetrically as well. PRI practitioners are typically trying to teach our patients and clients to position and move in new ways to become less lateralized. However, in reality we are also simultaneously teaching them a new orientation and perception of space. Therefore, when you are working with your patient or client, try to imagine their entire neurosensory world (as you just practiced) and perceived reality. This “imagination” of neurosensory perception is what Ron Hruska bases his neurosensory decision making recommendations on.  He interacts with patients to figure out how best to modulate their neurosensory world to achieve authentic reciprocal alternating body and space coherence.

In conclusion, the L AIC/R BC/R TMCC dominant pattern promotes a neurosensory illusion of being half lost in space and body. Therefore, when you are instructing your patients and clients in a PRI technique, consider not just the specific muscles and plane you are trying to inhibit or facilitate but also the corresponding sensory pieces to them. Many of these aspects are already in the techniques whether you realized it or not. Basically, any time you reposition the postural system you are concurrently reorienting its perceived space. Consider what other sensory mediums you can use to achieve this. This is why the Postural-Visual Integration course is so powerful because it emphasizes the visual aspect of our space which is a huge piece of our neurosensory world. I am really looking forward to learning how the auditory system can be engaged to instill coherent space and body function at this spring’s annual symposium…….

Posted January 22, 2016 at 11:15PM
Categories: Clinicians Science

Last week I had the opportunity to take Advanced Integration for the 2nd time followed by 2 days of PRC testing. I found the experience to be extremely beneficial in enhancing my PRI philosophy and skills while also further engraining my connection to our special community. I highly recommend going through this process to those who believe in continuing to expand their PRI methodology and horizon. The journey of taking the required classes, completing the application, preparing for certification, and finally going through testing is a huge learning experience. Completing this endeavor not only demonstrates a certain level of competence of PRI but further develops your relationship with the institute and peers who will always be a significant pillar of support for you. I regard us as a family.

Because I care so much about PRI and its valuable clinical application I thought it would be helpful to my fellow PRI practitioners to share a couple important take home messages that I gleaned from last week’s experience coupled with my 2 years of PRI based clinical practice (not sure if I can count the prior 12 years….) I hope that this knowledge will help others to have more efficient and effective outcomes utilizing PRI’s powerful and unique approach to system integration.  Please let my struggles become your success.

Let’s start with the concept of “Biasing Bilateralism.” I can remember back to when I first took Pelvis Restoration and learned about the “PEC.” This is the individual who has both AIC chains locked up coupled with excessively facilitated back extensors (usually R>L). This pattern may also parallel a bilateral BC and/or bilateral TMCC. At the time, I was really excited to learn about this bilateral phenomenon because it seemed like the majority of my patients presented this way. Most of my patients had both legs that would not adduct, arms that would not internally rotate and horizontally abduct, and posterior mediastinums that would not expand. Thus, I readily complied with the PEC algorithm and began doling out a lot of Modified All 4 Belly Lifts, Squat and Reaches, 90/90 Hip Lifts, Short Seated Balloon Blowing, etc. The problem with this was that many of these individuals were still not transitioning into a L AIC/R BC/R TMCC (unilateral) pattern despite my persistence at inhibiting their bilateral posterior mediastinums and posterior outlets while facilitating their left and right zones of apposition in the sagittal plane.   

After I took Advanced Integration last year and listened to Ron speak about the necessity of our system to serve as a pump (to push gas, solids, and liquids) I decided to try to apply this concept to my PEC patients. I figured out that if I had my PECs pump their rib cage during bilateral flexion based exercises I got better results. Pumping means I had them do alternating reaching coupled with inhalation and exhalation (R/exhale and L/inhale seemed to work best and is consistent with PRI’s breathing/reaching patterns). I used short seated, all four, 90/90, supine hooklying, and squat positions for the pump activities. I was going rogue in terms of the PRI algorithm and having non-neutral individuals do alternating frontal and transverse plane rib cage movement to reduce extension tone. Even though this alternating motion was not truly authentic (meaning the performing individual did not yet have true full reciprocal motion in all planes) it helped many of my “stuck” PECs to get out of their bilateral sagittal world to either a L AIC/R BC/R TMCC pattern or in some cases actual neutrality.  Once they achieved either of these patterns I would then return to the traditional PRI algorithm for further progression. 

Even though the pumping was helpful at getting a lot of my bilaterally patterned patients to shift into a unilateral pattern or even neutrality I was still having trouble getting others to change. Thus my first take home message from this past week of PRI extravaganza: Bias your bilaterals! What this means is that when you are doing your bilateral posterior mediastinum/outlet/capsule inhibition and zone of apposition facilitation activities put a twist into the mix. For example, get them to flex and sidebend more on the left compared to the right (thoracic flexion and L abduction), bias them more into L AF IR, have them be more aware of their left periphery, and/or see if they can find their left canines, etc. If you are already choosing a platform activity that puts them into flexion they are less likely to kick in their extension tone when performing the activity. These techniques are still addressing the bilateral extension problem but are also tailored to the underlying asymmetrical extension pattern. Because these individuals are existing in a sagittal reality and are deprived of tri-planar movement variability what they really need is a stimulus to allow them to sense a change to bring them out of their one dimensional existence. They need to experience something different to get their system to shift. They also have to want and see a purpose for making this change but that’s another story… Furthermore, if while performing a unilaterally biased flexion based activity and they do indeed end up undesirably compensating you always have your PRI tests to fall back onto. That way even if you don’t see any extension while they are performing the technique you can always rely on your tests to tell you what really happened.  

We now come to the next part of my take home message: Use unilateral sensory integration to bias your bilaterals! As was just explained, we can position our patients when performing their exercises to simultaneously address both the bilateral and underlying unilateral extension pattern. However, when actually executing these techniques to get certain chains of muscles to become more active and others less active you can’t forget about the sensory component to these sensory-motor techniques. In other words, you cannot separate motor from sensory. The brain needs both! What this means is that even though you may be setting them up to perform the exercise perfectly from a biomechanical perspective (which enhances the proprioceptive aspect) you also have to make sure they can actually feel what you are trying to get them to do. For example, do they feel their left basal anterior ribs move down, in, and back? Do they feel their right anterior apical ribs and left posterior apical ribs expand? This concept of sensory “reference centers” is discussed in depth in the Impingement and Instability course but focuses more on the extremity reference centers such as the left heel, right arch, left glut med, etc. This past week, it became even more crucial to me of not only the need for tri-planar rib cage movement but for this motion to be coupled with a parallel sensory awareness of it.

From a clinical perspective, if someone is having difficulty moving and feeling their rib cage with a non-manual activity that is biased towards unilateralism the next step would be to incorporate a manual technique. Similarly to what was explained in the previous paragraph, the purpose of a manual technique is not just to provide increased mobility capacity of connective tissue but also to develop increased sensory awareness of that tissue. Therefore, consider PRI manual techniques to really be motor (breathing component utilizing the diaphragm and abdominals) as well as sensory (manual sensory contact coupled with the kinesthetic perception of rib cage movement and muscle activation). Once again, you cannot separate motor from sensory. Therefore, while performing your manual techniques I suggest cueing your patient to engage with you from a kinesthetic perspective. Can they sense their ribs moving in a particular direction? Are they aware of their internal obliques/transverse abdominus (with a left bias) activating? This brings us to my final concluding point which is to regard manual techniques as both a sensory and motor application to bias your bilaterals as well as integrate your unilaterals. When we consider the core PRI manual techniques they are inherently asymmetrical in nature to reflect this natural human phenomenon. They are already unilaterally biased and thus designed for our asymmetrical design. Thank you Ron Hruska!

Posted December 14, 2015 at 3:57PM
Categories: Clinicians

We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) Class of 2015! 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. Twenty Physical Therapists and one Chiropractor earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska, James Anderson, 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, 159 professionals have earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC).

To view the photo album click HERE.

Pictured from left to right (back row): Mike Cantrell, Chad Moreau, James Anderson, Martin Higgins, Joe Cicinelli, Trevor Rappa, Connor Ryan, Lori Hefta; (second row) Jennifer Platt, Carolyn Weber, Joy Backstrum, Cathleen deSmet, Frank Mallon, Kari Koos, Christopher Roosa, Greg Spatz, Matthew Varca, Karen Hoyt, Ron Hruska; (front row) Nancy Hammon, Stephanie Irizarry, Carol Keren Cahn, Heather Carr, Jennifer Smart, and Manny Kim.

Posted December 10, 2015 at 9:30PM
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