Clinicians

Are you interested in what Ron Hruska has been reading in the past couple months? Well, here is the extensive reading list. As you can see it is a very interdisciplinary collection of books, ranging from lumbopelvic pain to optometry integration to orofacial pain. If you are looking for some good reference material, check out the list below!

Movement, Stability & Lumbopelvic Pain: Integration of Research and Therapy (2nd Edition) by Andry Vleeming, Vert Mooney and Rob Stoeckart
Neuro-Visual Processing Rehabilitation: An Interdisciplinary Approach by William V. Padula, Raquel Munitz, and W. Michael Magrun
Practical Applied Optometry by A.M. Skeffington
Introduction to Clinical Optometry by A.M. Skeffington
The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic by Linda Carroll and David Rosner
Mind and Muscle by Elizabeth Langford
Orofacial Pain: Guidelines for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Management (5th Edition) by Reny de Leeuw and Gary Klasser
On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins
Sports Vision: Vision Care for the Enhancement of Sports Performance by Graham Erickson
Perception, Cognition, and Decision Training: The Quiet Eye in Action by Joan N. Vickers

And arriving just 5 minutes ago from UPS was the book, Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance by James Oschman. Thank you Janine for recommending this book to Ron at last week’s Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration course!

What are you reading? If you have any recommended reading materials, please let us know in the comments section below!

Posted May 13, 2013 at 3:22PM
Categories: Books Clinicians

I have received some emails and questions regarding the squat with correct respiratory mechanics. This is discussed and explained in the Pelvis Restoration course. I am excited that people have the desire to understand the integration between the respiratory and pelvic diaphragms. I hope the attached document, The Squat and Respiration will help clear up any confusion. If not, please let me know.

Posted April 29, 2013 at 4:03PM
Categories: Clinicians Courses

I wanted to update everyone with our quest in getting the Asics Foundations back and available for our patients. Back in November we asked our patients, PRC’s & PRT’s, and others who are familiar with Postural Restoration® to sign a petition to Asics or send a letter to them requesting that they don’t discontinue the Foundations.  (Thank you Dave Drummer for writing the letter).  In the letter we sent to Asics, we also included a video of what we look for in a good shoe and showing them the difference with a “bad” heel counter and how our patients cannot stay neutral in their pelvis with PRI tests being positive and then a “good” heel counter and how the PRI tests changed and were negative and our patient was neutral.  It worked!!!  They contacted me back in February and were working on bringing the Foundation back. I requested the Foundation 8, as it is the more superior shoe I have found for our patients with excellent heel stability (the newer Foundations were good, but not great). They were trying to find the mold for the Foundation 8 and if they couldn’t find it they were going to try to reproduce it and were going to come to Lincoln. Good news….they found the old Foundation 8 mold and they are coming back to production and will be available January 1st, 2014!!!!!  Thank you to everyone who signed the petition and sent letters. Our teamwork paid off!

Posted April 26, 2013 at 4:28PM
Categories: Clinicians

Lucy McKee, who is currently in one of her final physical therapy clinical rotations at the Hruska Clinic did a wonderful job of explaining how Postural Restoration is evidence based in our treatment approach with the A-B-A single subject experimental design in her recent blog. I couldn’t agree more with Lucy, and her patient case examples are great. CLICK HERE to read more about why testing and re-testing is so important in our assessment and treatment!

Posted April 5, 2013 at 7:23PM
Categories: Clinicians

This week’s featured speaker for the 5th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium is Andrew Marchesi. Drew is a physical therapist at East Valley Spine & Sports Medicine Center in Chandler, Arizona. In addition to his interest and knowledge of Postural Restoration, Drew is a Fellow of Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute and a Nike Golf Performance Specialist.

“I am excited for Drew to share how he integrates Postural Restoration concepts with his training in Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute, as well as his experience as a Nike Golf Performance Specialist. Tri-planar activity must occur at many joints during the golf swing, and Drew will highlight considerations for evaluation, golf swing analysis and integrative treatment of the golfer. He will have us all prepared to treat those summer golf injuries!” -Ron Hruska

There is still seating available for the Symposium being held in Lincoln on April 11-12th. CLICK HERE to register!

Posted April 2, 2013 at 7:33PM
Categories: Clinicians Courses

Lucy McKee is a third year DPT student at A.T. Still University, and is currently doing a clinical rotation at the Hruska Clinic. She has been submitting weekly blog stories sharing her experiences during her clinical rotation. “Although I am still a novice in applying Postural Restoration® concepts and techniques, it is my hope that sharing some of the “ah-ha” moments that I experience during my internship will be helpful to other PRI therapists.” - Lucy

Posted March 28, 2013 at 7:39PM
Categories: Clinicians

Ron Hruska addresses the role of the biceps femoris and vastus lateralis as antagonistic hip stabilizers in our most recent email question. To learn more about this, CLICK HERE!

Posted March 22, 2013 at 8:10PM
Categories: Clinicians Science

As a physical therapist who understands the problems and symptoms associated with low backs that are too extended or too deep, I feel troubled and uneasy when I see people with such extended backs.  I find myself wanting to go up to strangers and persuade them to schedule an appointment with anyone they professionally trust, to help them understand what they can do to reduce the urge, need, or reason for arching their low back too much.  Maybe I am just getting old, but I believe this is an epidemic.  I travel a great deal, giving courses to physical therapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists, dentists, optometrists, etc. on Postural Restoration® and I see this extension epidemic, everywhere.  Of course I have a cognitive bias toward those with deep backs, but again I really believe a significant amount of our respiratory, endurance and musculoskeletal issues arise from those who innocently do not know how to stop extending their backs.

We have professionals in our world today who do know how to help you reduce this extension.  The only requirement, “you” have to ask for that help.  The question you need to ask them is, “Can you help me or help me find someone who will help me learn what I need to do to reduce my back extension?”  These professionals exist; they may be a physical therapist, a massage therapist, a yoga instructor, a personal trainer, etc.  Reach out and extend your search for these people so you can feel better and live with a body that is not fighting itself.  By extending this inquiry, your back extension and everything reflected by it should reduce, such as your possible back and neck muscle tightness, your irritability, your sleeplessness, your hip pinch and knee pain.

As humans we need other humans for help when our knowledge, education and ability is limited.  Those who have as much passion as I do to reduce patterned and asymmetrical extension of the back are usually willing to integrate your daily activity in a highly demanding and physically challenging environment through “your” ability to do so.  If you can’t find these passionate professionals, consider calling someone at the Hruska Clinic for consultation. They are physical therapists that will always keep your best interests and capabilities in mind and may actually need to consult with other professionals to reduce your extension.  “Extend” this search today, so that you do “not need to extend” tomorrow.

Posted March 18, 2013 at 8:30PM
Categories: Clinicians Science

This week’s featured speaker for our 5th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium is Heidi Wise, OD, FCOVD. Dr. Wise graduated from Troy State University in 1994 with Bachelor’s degrees in both Math & Chemistry. She continued her education at Southern College of Optometry where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 1998.

Dr. Wise worked in primary care optometry before opening a private practice, PRI Vision in Lincoln, NE which focuses on expanded services including vision training, behavioral optometry and neuro-optometry integrating with the science of Postural Restoration®. These areas focus on helping children and adults gain better vision skills to maximize performance in school, work and while playing sports. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Nebraska Optometric Association, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and Heart of America Contact Lens Society. In 2011, Dr. Wise completed her fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD).

“Dr. Heidi Wise has devoted her professional career to understanding and changing how the visual system impacts human performance. She will enlighten you on how the visual system limits or enhances athletic performance in her two-hour talk, by changing the biomechanics behind a batter’s swing or a golfer’s concentration before a putt. Three key areas that are often not considered reflections of the visual system’s function and behavior include muscle lengthening and strengthening, breathing and the mental game. Should be an eye-opener.” - Ron Hruska

Early registration for the two day symposium on Athletic Performance ends this Friday! CLICK HERE to register!

Posted March 13, 2013 at 8:48PM
Categories: Courses Clinicians

If you have not listened to Neil Rampe’s recent interview on SportsRehabExpert.com, be sure to check it out soon! It is available FREE until this Wednesday only.

The teleseminar interview that I did back in 2011 for SportsRehabExpert.com (scroll down to bottom of the link) is also available for FREE until this Wednesday as well!

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