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PRC Therapist’s Share Their Experiences on Integrating with Dentists

Recently, two PRC therapist’s spent time integrating with and educating groups of dentists across the country. Mike Cantrell, MPT, PRC presented at a Dental Conference in Atlanta, GA in November, while Kathy Johnson, PT, PRC recently had the opportunity to spend a couple weeks at the Pankey Institute in Florida, serving as guest faculty for their TMD II course. Kathy provided this blog entry on New Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Integration. Kathy’s comments in this blog reflect the openness many dentists have regarding the need to balance oral function and posture. The neck and the mandible compensate for functional malocclusion, just as the teeth accommodate for cervical-cranial unilateral patterns of function. Without obtaining, recognizing and achieving cervical-cranio-mandibular neutrality, as the neuro-muscular adaptation to unfamiliar occlusion is established, both the dentist and the physical therapist outcomes will be challenging at best. Maintaining a PRI reference between offices is highly recommended. These two professions have so much in common where and when neuro-muscular position and postural influences are considered. Thank you Mike and Kathy for your efforts in integrating PRI with these groups of dentists! - Ron

Posted January 2, 2013 at 6:22PM

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