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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

At our annual Advanced Integration course this weekend, we presented the PRI Director’s Dedication Award to another very deserving colleague, Michal Niedzielski. This award was established in 2012 to recognize an individual’s ongoing dedication to their advancement in PRI. 
Michal attended his first course (Protonics) in 1998 in upstate New York, and since that time he has attended a total of 22 courses! He earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) in 2007. In 2009, Michal taught one of the first international PRI courses, Myokinematic Restoration in his home country, Poland. Since then he has continued to teach courses in Poland nearly every year, and in the past two years, he has translated and taught the Postural Respiration and Pelvis Restoration courses as well! Thank you Michal for your ongoing dedication to the Postural Restoration Institute®, and congratulations on receiving the PRI Director’s Dedication Award!


 

Posted December 6, 2015 at 7:53PM

If you haven't read it yet there is a new blog up at the Hruska Clinic website about how PRI activities create new movement patterns, and what may be an issue if it doesn't stick.  Also the word mnemonic is used for all you spelling bee champions. Click here to check it out!

Posted November 13, 2015 at 3:16PM
Categories: Clinicians

Many patients with an active R TMCC pattern will need disclusion of the teeth to inhibit the TMCC.  In my practice, our go-to resource for that inhibition occurs via a lower mandibular bite splint. Click on this link to see part 1 (of a 3 part series) http://caugheydds.com/clear-thin-strong-splints/ of a step-by-step file on how we build our splints clear, thin and strong.

Elizabeth Caughey DDS

Posted November 12, 2015 at 6:59PM
Categories: Clinicians

"Femoroacetabular impingement: Mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment options using Postural Restoration. Part 2" written by Jason Masek, PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC has been published in SportEx. For more information or to purchase a copy of the article, please visit www.sportex.net. To receive 20% off your purchase of the article, you can use the coupon code: 20AUTHOR. Part 3 of this three part series will likely be published in October.

Posted July 14, 2015 at 2:18PM

It was great to meet everybody once again in Boston this past weekend, where Jennifer Poulin delivered a powerful course. Observing future PRI practitioners in the USA and in Poland, I have come to the conclusion it is very difficult for all of us to switch to analyzing our clients from a MOTION perspective, instead of ACTION or FUNCTION. For example, when performing the Adduction Drop Test, most of us think about the best, purest FA extension followed by femoral adduction. We as clinicians should place much more emphasis on understanding what are we testing, and why this particular test is performed in certain position? Staying specific to the example above, we are assessing AIC, meaning neuro-muscular action of flexion, abduction and external rotation of lower extremity on a stabilized trunk. Through this movement, we are testing if AIC action can be alternate with reciprocal movement of extension followed by adduction of femur on the stabilized socket. We have to isolate the testing position the best way by using one's body and surface on which person is lying. Be aware of both the client and your own position in space. This will allow you to obtain the best proprioceptive feedback without using excessive physical force and undesirable increase in client's neuro-muscular tone. If applied correctly, your testing will become true and repeatable!

Posted June 11, 2015 at 7:22PM
Categories: Clinicians Courses

Julie Blandin was recently interviewed for our Featured Interview section, and in this interview she talks about her career path and professional development and how she got involved in PRI. She also discusses a couple teasers for a new course that will be hosted for the fist time in 2015,  PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement. Click  HERE to read the full interview.

After spending an amazing weekend in Boston, its clear that Art Horne and the Boston Sports Medicine Performance Group are in a class of their own when it comes to hosting a sports medicine and performance symposium. The quality of the experience for this year's Summer Seminar and the attention to detail was as good as it gets for both attendees and presenters. 

I was humbled to be invited to deliver both a keynote address on realizing tri-planar performance through the respiratory diaphragm and a breakout session where I talked about the relationship between the foot and ankle and the thorax. My keynote address followed Dr. Robert Sapolsky, one of the world's leading neuroscientists from Stanford University, who spoke on the topic of Stress, Disease and Coping. The other two keynote speakers were from England, Al Smith, a performance consultant for UK Sport World Class System and Dr. Vincent Walsh, a professor of human brain research at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London. 

Besides a host of great breakout sessions, we were all able to experience a group round table discussion with the Canadian National Basketball Performance Team. The group consisted of Sam Gibbs, Head Therapist, Charlie Weingroff, Strength and Conditioning Lead, Roman Fomin, Senior Scientist, Marc Bubbs, Sports Nutrition Lead and Jason Meehan, Assistant Therapist. Another certified PRI therapist, Allen Gruver, presented one of the breakout sessions on the topic of alternating and reciprocal thoracic integration for the overarm athlete.  

I was able to travel to Boston with my wife Karen.  We had a great time looking at the eclectic architecture of Boston on our way to Fenway Park and riding bikes as we followed the Freedom Trail.  We really enjoyed an impromptu VIP tour of the old Boston Arena thanks to Mike McKenney, Asst. Athletic Trainer at Northeastern University.

All in all it was an amazing weekend that adds to the many reasons I love Boston. Thanks again, Art Horne, I'm looking forward to the BSMPG Summer Seminar 2016.

Posted May 20, 2015 at 4:32PM
Categories: Clinicians

Last month, an article titled "Femoroacetabular Impingement: Mechanisms, Diagnosis and Treatment Options Using Postural Restoration. Part 1" written by Jason Masek, PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC was published in SportEx, a medical journal published in England covering topics of physical therapy and sports medicine. This is Part 1 of a three part series that Jason is authoring for the journal on this topic. For more information or to purchase a copy of the article, please visit www.sportex.net. To receive 20% off your purchase of the article, you can use the coupon code: 20AUTHOR.

CLICK HERE for a sneak peak of the article!

Jason Masek, ATC, CSCS, PT, PRC spoke at the 2015 NCSA Coaches Conference January 9 in Louisville, KY. He spoke about how posture begins with proper rib cage position, which leads to better breathing and ultimately, better athletic performance. He emphasized how the postural position that you start in will affect the position that you end in. Hyperinflation and how to manage athletes with this problem was also discussed. Watch the video HERE.

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