Recently, a therapist at The Hruska Clinic had a patient in the office with complaints of low back pain.  All of the objective measurements taken were reflective of a Left AIC, Right BC pattern.  When the patient was positioned in supine, the apical expansion test wasn’t necessary in determining whether or not this patient could apically expand on the right.  His prominent left rib flair paints the whole picture!

Posted October 6, 2008 at 3:55PM
Categories: Clinicians

We are often asked for evidence based articles supporting PRI. The “evidence” is there, but going to all the sources as they presently exist, hasn’t been put together for the general public…yet!  A while back, upon request, Ron Hruska wrote an explanation on his view of evidence based material as it relates to PRI.  Please read!

Posted September 25, 2008 at 6:07PM
Categories: Clinicians

Tina Straub, PT, ATC has recently submitted a case study for our website on low back pain. This case study gives you great insight on how to treat low back pain using the PRI approach. Tina does a great job explaining her assessment of the patient based on PRI objective measurements and also provides insight on the reasoning behind the non-manual activities she choose for the patient’s home exercise program. Tina currently works in Brookings, SD at Avera Brookings Medical Clinic. To access the case study, please click here!

Posted August 28, 2008 at 4:42PM
Categories: Clinicians

Early applications are now arriving! As the Director of Certification, I review the applications to verify course attendance, ensure that the application is complete and offer any feedback or guidance that may assist the PRC Application Review Committee. I would like to share this early feedback with those of you still finishing up applications:

Please be sure to mail both your article review and the articles themselves.

Consider the following information when answering the questions about your favorite PRI Techniques…
1. What is the purpose of the technique?
2. In your experience, what is the likely outcome of the technique?
3. What techniques would you use before, after or even in the same program in conjunction with the technique you chose.
4. What cues do you find helpful when instructing your patient?
5. What patient diagnoses or objective test outcomes indicate that this technique is appropriate?

Letters of recommendation are welcome. Consider a letter of recommendation from a colleague, PRC therapist or faculty, or professional with whom you integrate with such as a dentist, physician, podiatrist, etc.

Be sure to include copies of any presentations or in-services you have done in the area of Postural Restoration.

Don’t forget the deadline for submission is September 15th! Thank you!

Posted August 25, 2008 at 4:49PM
Categories: Clinicians

"As the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) approaches the end of its first decade the staff of PRI, Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) therapists, and I, are often asked about the history of PRI. It’s an Institute that is truly built around 30 years of clinical practice associated with re-occurring successes of specific patient treatment programs. Consistent evidence-based correlations, discovered with patient biomechanical, respiratory and neurological functional patterns, as well as predictable functional limitations, allowed us to establish reproducible outcome based programs". Read more…

Posted August 13, 2008 at 5:06PM
Categories: Clinicians

Oliver Hall, PT, PRC, who owns and operates Inspire Physical Therapy in Essex, Vermont, recently sent us a story about one of his patients. Oliver has been using PRI for several years and in December of 2005, Oliver’s interest in biomechanics and movement patterns led him to become one of the first twelve therapists in the country to be certified in Postural Restoration.

"These 2 pictures were taken 6 weeks apart and are of a young man who came to therapy with mid back pain from lifting at work. He had long been aware that his chest was different from the rest (pectus carinatum). He presented as a left AIC right BC with significant tightness in his right BC. Despite the right side of his chest being higher than the left in supine, the lateral measurement from sternum to lateral chest wall was 1” shorter on the right side. In 6 weeks of working on a PRI program, he had complete resolution of his symptoms and returned to lifting at work with no problems".

Posted August 5, 2008 at 5:38PM
Categories: Clinicians

PRI has been busy these last couple months providing you with news and updates. We would love to hear about any PRI related activity taking place in your clinic! Send us your photos, videos or stories about how you’re integrating PRI in your daily practice. We would love to “feature” you on the PRI website! If you have a story burning a hole in your desk or have questions, please contact us!

Posted August 1, 2008 at 5:42PM
Categories: Clinicians

Weekly, we receive phone calls from patients or healthcare professionals in search of a PRI trained provider. As a result we’ve long offered a listing of those PRI trained health professionals on our website. Our National Network page lists those who have attended 2 or more courses sponsored by PRI and instructed by PRI faculty. This list is a great resource that guides individuals all over the country to a health professional with PRI experience. Along with directing patient care, it also provides exposure to your clinic by linking directly to your website. If you are PRI trained and do not find your name on our National Network or if you would like to learn more about this great opportunity, please contact us!

Posted July 31, 2008 at 2:46PM
Categories: Clinicians

Over the last few years we have been fortunate to develop a strong relationship with Paul Coffin, DPM. His monthly visits to the Hruska Clinic have provided us a great avenue to learn about him, his practice and his amazing knowledge of the foot. As time goes on, we are getting better at determining when PRI activity will succeed without Dr. Coffin’s expertise and when a referral to him is necessary. Last night when I got home from work I was greeted with the warmest welcome I have ever received from my adorable dog, Miles. As I sat my things down and began to walk to the bedroom, his habitual behavior of following my every step ceased.Ignoring this bizarre behavior I continued my path to the bedroom. Once I opened the door, I realized why my shadow had chosen to stay 10 paces behind me. Although my experience with orthotic referrals is elementary, I am fairly confident that he will not be able to help me?

Posted July 23, 2008 at 3:41PM
Categories: Clinicians

Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, SD has welcomed Sanford Physical Therapy Services to their family.  Their specialty…Postural Restoration!  Formerly known as Physical Therapy Solutions, Sanford physical therapy has embraced Joan Hanson and Jill Honermann’s expertise on the PRI approach.  Traditional physical therapy services will be offered but their main focus will be postural restoration.  To read more about the collaboration of Sanford Health and Physical Therapy Solutions please click here...and here!

Posted June 20, 2008 at 3:25PM
Categories: Clinicians
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