Clinicians

Check out the new featured interview with Carrie Langer, MPT, ATC, PRC! Carrie was a member of the first Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) class in 2004, and is co-owner of Kinetic Physical Therapy Institute in Woodbury, Minnesota. Although, there are challenges that come with running a private, outpatient clinic in today’s world of healthcare, Carrie states “there is not a day that goes by in which we (Karen and I) regret our decision.”

To read the full interview, CLICK HERE!

Neil Rampe, M.Ed., ATC, CSCS, LMT, PRT is featured in SportsRehabExpert.com’s weekly teleseminar interview! Neil is in his sixth year as the Manual Therapist for Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks. He was introduced to Postural Restoration® in 2006, and earned the designation of Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) in January 2013. In addition to Neil’s interest and expertise in Postural Restoration®, he is also a C level DNS practitioner through the The Prague School of Rehabilitation. In this teleseminar, Neil discusses his background and experience with integrating Postural Restoration® and DNS in his professional career and rehabilitation of elite athletes. 

CLICK HERE to listen to Neil’s teleseminar interview. Neil’s interview, along with Ron Hruska’s teleseminar interview (open link and scroll to the bottom) from sportsrehabexpert.com in 2011 will be available for FREE for the next week!

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

We received another great question on the treatment of right ischial tendonitis…

The reason we include a discussion on left ischial tendonitis and not right is because right ischial tendonitis is often ‘cleaned up’ or treated with a conventional myokinematic approach to the treatment of the Left AIC or PEC pattern.  One would start with “pulling” the anteriorly rotated pelvis back to neutral with left hamstring engagement (90-90 Supported Hip Lift with Hemibridge) then proceed with right glute max activity to “shift” the pelvis to the left and “rotate” the pelvis into left AF IR and right AF ER, therefore, reducing strain on the contracting, shortened right hamstring and the proximal attachment of the hamstring on the right ischial seat. 

So in essence you would treat the right ischial tendonitis issue by using the myokinematic hierarchy of lumbo-pelvic-femoral control for the Left AIC patient that is outlined and covered in the Myokinematic Restoration class.  Remember under every PEC pattern there is a Left AIC pattern, so even if your patient had right ischial tendonitis and had limited SLR on adduction levels bilaterally, I would start with the above recommendations.

The left ischial tendonitis patient will need more concomitant cooperation from the right glute max and left medial adductor and left quadricep during left heel strike and push off, to reduce left hamstring strain. 

Posted February 22, 2013 at 3:27PM
Categories: Clinicians

We were recently asked a great question about some of the wording in our TMCC Non-Manual techniques…

What is the reasoning for the jaw moving forward and to the left in the ‘Supine Active Sacro-Sphenoid Flexion’ technique and forward and to the right in the ‘Active Left Lateral Pterygoid in Protrusion’ technique?

Many of our patients have cranial base function oriented to the right secondary to the human spinal pattern often seen in the human right upper brachium and cranium (Right BC and Right TMCC patterns).  These patterns demand on the right lateral pterygoid (mandible often seen oriented to the left) and overdeveloped right sternocleidomastoid (head and neck often seen slightly side-bent to the left and turned to the left) can be reduced by activating the left lateral pterygoid.  The left lateral pterygoid assists in rotating the sphenoid or cranium to the left through its attachment on the lateral pterygoid plate of the sphenoid, and the base of the skull and upper cervical spine to the left, through lateral movement of the mandible to the right. 

Movement of the mandible to the right promotes good left lateral pterygoid function for meaningful chewing on the right with a balanced forward condyle to fossa relationship on the left during the actual downward power stroke.  Movement of the jaw to the right is, therefore, promoted which is so often lost on patients who are very active on their right side when they chew.  Right sided chewers over-activate their right lateral pterygoids immediately preceding opening and at the end of the downward power stroke on the right, by moving their mandible to the left after each power stroke.  Alternative chewing on both the left and right, is advisable as is keeping lateral pterygoid function balanced, by reducing right neck activity through left lateral pterygoid non-chewing function during the day.  The ‘Active Left Lateral Pterygoid in Protrusion’ is one way to keep balanced horizontal movement during mastication and the right cervical muscles relaxed because of the left lateral pterygoid indirect action on moving the cranium (sphenoid) and occipital base (OA/AA) to the left.

Because of the direct attachment of the stylohyoid, styloglossus and stylopharyngeus on the styloid process, moving the mandible to the left “pulls” the right temporal bone into external rotation and flexion, thus reducing intercranial torsion, and intraoral cants associated with the Right Temporal Mandibular Cervical Cranial (TMCC) pattern.  This technique reduces hemi-extension of the cranium, restores symmetrical cranial respiratory function and provides a complete base for the tongue to function without compensatory glossus activity.  By moving the mandible to the left, the hyoid, dorsal lateral tongue and pharyngeal thyroid cartilage move also to the left, promoting alignment of the airway and pharynx of the Right TMCC patient. 

Posted February 20, 2013 at 3:29PM
Categories: Clinicians

Double X Science, an online science magazine for women, recently posted a story which features PRC therapist’s Kristen Spencer and Louise Kelley. The story titled “Pregnancy 101: It Hurts Where?” discusses post-pardum pregnancy pain, and how physical therapy, including Postural Restoration to address pelvis asymmetry can prevent or eliminate pregnancy-related pelvic pain.

Posted February 12, 2013 at 3:50PM

Check out speaker Lori Thomsen’s latest running video titled “Running, Ribs and Breathing”

Posted February 11, 2013 at 3:54PM
Categories: Athletics Clinicians

Mike Cantrell was recently featured on a local news television station for his work in Postural Restoration with professional athletes and athletic teams. In addition to teaching PRI courses to many PT’s, ATC’s and strength coaches from several professional athletic organizations over the past couple years, Mike had the opportunity over this past year to work with two-time Olympic sprinter Derrick Atkins, who sought out Mike for his expertise in Postural Restoration.

Mike further explains his approach in treating athletes with Postural Restoration. “If a patient has hip pain, I’m going to say that has to do with the inability to move your pelvis, and I have a rib cage on top of that pelvis that must move, and I have a head and a neck on that rib cage, and I’ve got arms that hang off that rib cage that must move, Cantrell explained. I want to address every level of those components.”

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Posted January 17, 2013 at 4:53PM
Categories: Clinicians Athletics

Mike Cantrell, MPT, PRC will be presenting at the Major League Soccer Medical Symposium on Saturday, January 12th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His presentation is titled Postural Restoration Assessment of the Soccer Athlete. To view the full program agenda, CLICK HERE! Following Mike’s presentation on Saturday, he will have a one day Myokinematic Restoration Inservice for over 40 Athletic Trainer’s representing the 19 MLS organizations.

Posted January 10, 2013 at 5:09PM
Categories: Athletics Clinicians
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