NYC – Concrete jungle, where dreams are made of and where heavy down pours and cancelled flights couldn’t keep us away. It was a weekend full of feeling ribs and moving air in “warehouse chic” Finish Line Physical Therapy.
Thank you to Mike Conlon, Emmi Aguillard, Raechel Bugner, Andrew Fenack, Alicia Ferriere, Samantha Jacobsen, Alision McGinnis, Morgan Mowers, and Mike Riccardi for being gracious hosts and serving Ron his favorite pretzel snacks. The class, a mix of PTs, PTAs, ATCs, and CSCSs, included a wide range of PRI exposure, with almost half taking a PRI course for the first time and a third who had three or more PRI courses under their belt.
Right off the bat, Ron introduced the PRI paradigm-shifting tenet of two diaphragms, which carried us into in-depth discussions on: 1. importance of right apical and left posterior mediastinum expansion for good weight shifting and rotation; 2. how breathing habit shapes the thoracic spine and rib cage and how thoracic spine and rib cage movement and position affect breath quality; 3. how the all-mighty right diaphragm lateralizes us to the right, perpetuating the L AIC/R BC pattern of movement; and 4. The opposition muscles that attain, and maintain, a L zone of apposition. Finally, we learned a new balloon-blowing strategy, herein dubbed “The Patrick”, in which you jiggle and wobble your rib cage to inflate the balloon.
Ron and I extend a special thank you to Bethany Delman and Nancy Brown, our lab models, and to Miguel Aragoncillo and Josh Lebow for your excellent insights in lab.