Had a great weekend in Duluth with Karen Swanson, PhD, PT, ATC at the beautiful College of St. Scholastica, who teamed up with Shannon Sharpe from St. Luke’s Hospital to host Myokinematic Restoration. So great to get to spend time with Karen, a friend and longtime associate of mine, whose PRI roots extend back to the early days of the Institute when we were both faculty members teaching Protonics courses starting in 1999. Her friendship, hospitality and kindness are a part of what has always made PRI Nation so great. I’m excited to brainstorm further research ideas with you Karen and to work together on some of the collaborative research possibilities we discussed.
And thank you to Megan Bollinger, PT, PRC and Jesse Ham, PT, PRC for working with me as my lab assistants for this course. You both did a great job helping the course attendees appreciate the finer points of patient evaluation and treatment and helping to give them keys for success. Jesse, I also appreciate the opportunity to mentor you as you finalize the process of becoming an instructor for this course. You did a great job and will be a great Myokinematic Restoration instructor.
We discussed the three-dimensional control of the acetabulum over the femur and the reasons why it can be more common to want to jump off the left leg (a late stance performance activity) when the common pattern is so dominantly driven towards the right. We also discussed why it can be so difficult to jump off the right leg because we get so lateralized to the right and essentially get “buried” in the right hip joint (an early stance performance activity). This highlighted the need to have people reclaim right late stance performance with Right AFER Glute Max and left early stance performance with Left AFIR Ischiochondylar Adductor Magnus following left AFEXT Hamstring training.
We also outlined the use of ligamentous muscle to stabilize pathologically lax hip joints. We talked about what is required of the AF joint and the FA joint during different phases of the gait cycle on both sides of the body and related these requirements to what we test for with the Hruska Adduction Lift Test and the Hruska Abduction Lift Test. We also came to appreciate the muscles that oppose the left AIC pattern and the specific planes that are the most necessary for each one of the hip rotator muscles on both the right and left sides of the body.