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Santa Barbara is one of California's beautiful towns and would be considered one of our seaside gems. Prevail Conditioning and Performance Center was the location of Postural Respiration this past weekend. Owner and operator, Peter Blumert, provided a superior training facility for this weekend which followed his hosting Myokinematic Restoration last November. This weekend was a first for PRI! We introduced our latest revision of Postural Respiration. This course is packed with new material including a new test for posterior mediastinum inhibition called the posterior mediastinum reach test. There have been new documents added to support PRI concepts with loads of references for this course. In addition, case studies have been added and were a big hit with our students!

This was a course loaded with professionals in not only physical therapy, athletic training and sports performance but included an osteopath as well. Postural Respiration really describes how the diaphragm affects every system in the body. This course connects pelvis position to the ribcage and illustrates that breathing can be viewed as the gait cycle allowing ribcages to actually walk! That seems like such a far-fetched concept to those new to PRI on day one of the course and seems like such a bold statement. By the end of the weekend, every student could see that breathing is walking and the diaphragm and ribcage position and posture is key to tri-planer, dynamic, balanced gait.

We also had a chance to introduce the effects of the diaphragm and the ribcage to the cervical spine and jaw as well. The connection with Postural Respiration and the neck and jaw was experienced by a student when testing HGIR, or internal rotation of a Humerus in a glenoid fossa. She experienced jaw pain during HGIR testing and learned there was a connection of the Omohyoid with shoulder blade, neck and jaw. This was reinforced when the manual technique to release her subclavius muscle was demonstrated. Not only did this technique make her tests neutral but her jaw pain was gone. She also understood that with any manual technique, a non-manual technique and progression via treatment guidelines will be needed. Needless to say she was enthusiastic about continuing her PRI journey! Thank you to Aimee Miyazawa, ATC, PRT for being a seasoned veteran of PRI and a wonderful lab assistant. Thanks again to Peter Blumert for hosting this course as he welcomes Pelvis Restoration later this year.

Posted January 24, 2019 at 9:00PM

Atlanta played host to a “level 2” course from PRI. The host site was One on One Physical Therapy and the course was Cervical Revolution. Again Karen Warren PT, MPT, OCS, ATC and her crew at One on One were gracious and accommodating. Helping me throughout the weekend was one of my close friends, Jean Masse PT, DPT, PRC, OCS, ATC. Jean is a stellar clinician who teaches PRI concepts at our Advanced Integration course each year.

 Cervical Revolution is the class that makes an initial foray into the PRI world of the cervical spine, cranial strain patterns and dental occlusion and how these worlds might meld together. The occlusion part is one of the reasons why so many dentists have been taking this class and the numbers seem to be growing. A dental group from Kidstown Dental in Houston, Texas was on hand after having heard Ron Hruska speak at the AAPMD conference in Las Vegas. Also, my own dentist, Liz Caughey DDS was there as well which was a special treat for me.

 I realize that each time I’ve presented this course over the past few years, I have learned more and more. I am so very grateful to my mentor, Ron Hruska MPA, PT, for trusting me with this material and I am so happy that he is STILL willing to explain things to me after 22 years under his tutelage. This course has indeed changed since its inception and no doubt will continue to do so in the ensuing years. We try to refine the material and we rely on your feedback to do so. Thanks to all of you for the wonderful suggestions you provided on your evaluation forms. Here’s to a happy 2019 for all of us and...#PRInation...you rock and you’re growing rapidly!!!

Hello PRI Nation!

Returned from Florida this week after a great first PRI course in Bradenton where we hosted some great clinicians from the greater Tampa Bay area and beyond. Many thanks to John Walz, and the team at Request Physical Therapy who provided an inviting, high positive energy environment in which to learn the science of Pelvis Restoration. Our local hub and this weekend’s lab assistant was my friend Megan Bollinger from the PRC class of 2012, whose passion for this science is both admirable and contagious. Can't say enough about how much I appreciate Megan's unassuming, caring demeanor during courses and as a fantastic host.

Jesse Ham Demonstarting the Hruska Adduction Drop Test during Pelvis Restoration

This interdisciplinary group of movement pros, from Hiroki Yoshimoto, ATC to Heidi Goldman, LMT, Sharon Yadven OTR/L to the “Traveling Timlers,” PT’s Megan and Paul was particularly interested in clinical application of PRI pubo-sacral dynamics of the ‘how and when’ to utilize the principles of this course material. We explored anatomy, neurologic application, arthrokinematics and osteokinematics of positioning human systems in ways to optimize pelvis content and surroundings including how to integrate said systems into dynamic living machines with synchronized pelvic and thoracic diaphragms. Our multiple lab times focused on discussing and feeling tests and treatment techniques aimed at achieving tri-planar control of a pelvic as well as its mirror ipsilateral thoracic diaphragm and designing a program to do so. This instructor enjoyed the lively class participation from front row Jessika McNeil and Brianna Nelson all the way to back row light crew Nick Dwyer. We were especially thankful to have both Megan Bollinger, PT, PRC and Karen Hoyt, PT PRC who both practiced and assisted during lab time, allowing us to cover lab with depth sometimes not allowed.

During lab times, thank you Sharon Yadven, John Walz, Megan Timler, Paul Timler, Nick Dwyer, Hilary Arichego and many others for your contribution to the class as we learned together for demonstration time of techniques. And, thank you all for a great learning environment and experience in Western Florida. What a blast!

Jesse Ham, at Pelvis Restoration in Bradenton, FL. January 12-13, 2019

Posted January 18, 2019 at 3:54PM
Categories: Courses Clinicians

We are excited to introduce and congratulate our Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) Class of 2019! PRT is the result of completing multiple advanced PRI courses, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRT application, and successfully participating in practical and analytical testing. This past weekend, four professionals earned the designation of Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Neil Rampe and Jennifer Platt.

Pictured above, (from left to right)

Back Row: Neil Rampe, Nathanael Smith, Peter Nelson, Ron Hruska

Front Row: Jennifer Platt, Lesley Moser, Takashi Mita

The Postural Restoration Institute® established this credentialing process in 2011 as a way to recognize and identify 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 PRT credential is available to Certified Athletic Trainers, Certified Athletic Therapists, Exercise Physiologists and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists who have completed the course requirements, application and testing process. With the addition of this class, there are now 54 PRT professionals throughout the U.S and Internationally.

PRT credentialed athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches and exercise physiologists offer a unique approach to physical medicine and fitness called Postural Restoration®. This approach addresses underlying biomechanics which can often lead to symptoms of pain and dysfunction. All mechanical influences on the body that restrict movement and contribute to improper joint and muscle position are considered, examined, and assessed. Techniques are utilized to restore proper alignment of the body while proper respiratory dynamics are considered. Management encompasses prevention and lifetime integration for long-term successful outcomes.

To view or download all the photos click HERE.

Congratulations to the PRT Class of 2019!

Posted January 10, 2019 at 4:02PM

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
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