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Every three years we offer a summer PRT testing date, and this year it's happening again on June 7-8th! The application deadline for consideration for testing in June is March 15th. 

To learn more about eligibility for PRT credentialing and to download the application, CLICK HERE!

What have other recent PRT credentialed providers shared about their experience with PRT credentialing

"The PRT credentialing process was an all around amazing experience and one of the best of my career.  First, going through the in-depth application process helps to challenge and grow your knowledge base and thought process while helping you to review and master so many details that go into the great science and practice of PRI.  You have no choice but to get better as you go through all of the steps.  Visiting the Institute and sitting for testing is an extremely rewarding experience that will test your thought process even farther.  Having the opportunity to work with and learn from brilliant people like Ron and Jen and other applicants is an experience that anybody should be excited and grateful to go through. If you love PRI, have been studying and practicing the science for awhile and want to take your understanding and ability to utilize principles and applications to the next level, then just do it and don’t look back!"
- Nick Rosencutter, CSCS, LMT, NSCA-CPT, PRT

"Sitting for the PRT was the most fulfilling endeavor of my professional career. Having spent time in the private, collegiate, professional, and tactical settings, holding a graduate degree and 12 certifications through 11 organizations, and having participated in, contributed to, and organized both conferences and summits, this was unquestionably the most dense, challenging, and rewarding experience of my 14 years in the field. There is a lot of curiosity as to what the Postural Restoration Institute is and if the principles they espouse are applicable in the realm of performance. Put succinctly, the Postural Restoration Institute provides a universally applicable model of expression: a framework for how we navigate the world. Whether you want to better understand the myokinmatics of gait, bridge the gap between performance and rehabilitation, or begin exploring systemic integration, you will find direction in the Postural Restoration Institute’s paradigm. The opportunity to spend a weekend in a room with Ron, Jen, Dan, and the rest of the PRI family was well worth the cost of the application alone. For anyone considering the process, it is one I feel confident saying, you will not regret pursuing." - Colin Kidwell, CSCS, PRT

"In a day and age where so many experiences are simply transactional, it is rare to have an educational experience where you feel “seen”. The PRT process was in many ways a therapeutic process in and of itself, just for that reason. The instructors were passionate, supportive, and welcoming. I cannot recommend this process enough. I walked away with a renewed passion for the science of PRI." - Colby Mamigonian, CSCS, PRT

If you are considering applying for PRT Credentialing this year or if you have any questions, please email Jennifer Platt!

Posted February 22, 2024 at 10:00AM

Earlier this month, at our annual Advanced Integration course, we presented the PRI Director’s Dedication Award to two very deserving individuals who have had such a positive impact on our Institute. The PRI Directors Dedication Award was established in 2012 to recognize individuals’ ongoing dedication to their advancement in PRI. Susan Henning and Joe Belding were the very first recipients of the PRI Director’s Dedication Award, back in 2012. And this year, we were so honored to present the PRI Directors Award to two of their colleagues, Lisa Mangino and Jean Massé. To date, we have presented this award to 20 individuals and an award recognition plaque, which is pictured above, is displayed at the Postural Restoration Institute® in Lincoln, Nebraska, recognizing each of the PRI Directors Dedication Award recipients.

Lisa Mangino and Jean Massé are physical therapists and colleagues, in Chapel Hill, NC. Lisa began her PRI journey 14 years ago, taking her first course (Myokinematic Restoration) in 2009 at the University of Duke, where she was employed. Not long after, in 2010, Jean Massé, who was influenced by co-workers and PRC therapists Susan Henning and Joe Belding at Advance Physical Therapy, completed her first PRI course. She went on to complete PRC credentialing in 2013.  

Jean is a nationally recognized Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association, since 1999. She continues to be a regular speaker at the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Physical Therapy on the subject of scoliosis and chronic pain. 

She and Lisa obtained the preliminary C1 and Advanced C2 Schroth scoliosis certification in 2013. They have been treating young and older people with scoliosis since.

Lisa completed PRC credentialing in 2014, the same year that she began working at Advance Physical Therapy in Chapel Hill, with Susan, Joe and Jean. And, they have all worked alongside each other for the past 10 years. 

Lisa’s passion is working with children, and as a pediatric therapist at Advance Physical Therapy, and the University of Duke Medical Center, she has touched the lives of so many children and families in her career. Her dedication to treating the child with neurological impairments led her to pursue certification in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), in 2009. Lisa obtained national recognition with her certification as a Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS) by the American Physical Therapy Association, in 2010. 

Over the years, Lisa and Jean have attended 10+ Advanced Integration courses. In 2017, they began teaching day 4 of the Advanced Integration course, on Curvature of the Spine, alongside colleague and mentor Susan Henning. And it was such an honor to have them here teaching day 4 of this course again this year!

In addition to their involvement with day 4 of the Advanced Integration course, they also co-authored Chapter 7 titled “Postural Restoration: A Tri-Planar Asymmetrical Framework for Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Scoliosis and Other Spinal Dysfunctions”, in the InTech open access book, “Innovations in Spinal Deformities and Postural Disorders”, back in 2017 with Susan Henning. And a couple years later, Lisa, Jean and Susan founded STRATER Scoliosis Institute, where they are dedicated to the education of physical therapy professionals for safe and effective treatment of scoliosis. Over the past 5 years, they have worked closely with PRI to receive permission to teach PRI copyrighted material in the STRATER level 1 and 2 courses. Katie Piraino, who is a PRC therapist, attended the STRATER level 2 course last month and emailed me shortly after. Her exact words were, “I just took the Strater Scoliosis 2 course. Only 15 participants, there should be 100’s they are so good!”

In addition to this dedication and involvement with education related to PRI and scoliosis, Lisa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours on course development over the past several years, including the former PRI Integration for Pediatrics affiliate course, and today’s Human Evolution course, which was taught for the first time in September 2022….and although it’s a relatively new course, it is already catching fire with PRINation.

In 2020, Lisa was also invited as an adjunct faculty member at High Point University, to teach a semester long selective course for Physical Therapy students titled, “Postural Restoration® - An Overview of Asymmetrical Human Movement”.

Congratulations to Lisa and Jean on such a deserving award! 

Posted December 27, 2023 at 10:22AM
Categories: Clinicians

We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) Class of 2023! This was a special week for us as we conducted PRC credentialing for our 20th year! From the first class in 2004 to this most recent group of clinicians, we have had 250 clinicians complete PRC credententialing, spanning 38 states and 7 countries. You can search PRI credentialed providers on our Find a Provider map

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. Earlier this week, 7 clinicians earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Louise Kelley, Skip George, and Jennifer Platt.

The Postural Restoration Institute® established this 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. 

CLICK HERE to view the photo album. 

Back Row (L to R): Skip George, Alan Lee, Timas Peteraitis, Justin Baird, Brandon Le Burkien
Front Row (L to R): Louise Kelley, Greer Mackie, Diana Lee, Steven Blair, Ron Hruska, Jennifer Platt

Posted December 13, 2023 at 11:10AM

They say the third time is a charm! I think we’ve been planning to take the “old Peds course” and now the new, remastered “Human Evolution” course to Alpine PT in Seattle WA three times, and in October, we finally did it, barring surgery and COVID! From my perspective, it was well worth the wait. Christopher Murhpy, Jeremiah Ferguson, Eli Zygmuntowicz, and Eva Bilo were the most gracious hosts and hostess. It was so great to have met you after hearing so many good things about you and your clinic.

We took a journey through the development of a human, highlighting critical sensory motor milestones, reviewed the literature supporting why these human developmental principles are important and connected it all with a description and application of 7 specific developmental processes. With over 100 videos of clinicial application through the lifespan, we were “in the clinic” with 8 patient cases for all of Day #2, from 15 months old to 70 years old.

We had an important conversation about the overwhelming benefits of crawling on hands and knees, and how important this skill is to painfree, grounded, postural development and walking as we age. This skill (at any age, really) brings sensory attention to all of our bases of support (right and left, front and back), helps to use and to integrate primitive tonic neck reflexes, provides a sense of upper extremity self-referencing on the maturation of cephalic-caudal independence, allows us to feel a grounded sense of gravtiy in a primitive form of forward locomotor movement, AND to explore our worlds from a new visual persepctive for cognitive processing!  And that’s only one of the 10 milestones we recognized.

A couple of the attendees came up to me and said, “As you were talking, I was writing patients names down because this course applies to so many of them”. We might not be crawling for locomotion as adults, but as we are cleaning out a bottom cabinet, gardening on hands and knees, pushing a grocery cart in the grocery store, rolling over in bed, lowering ourselves to play with our pets or children, or walking upstairs (or downstairs backwards – WHAT?), we are using the skills that were hopefully laid down in the developmental years. If these skills were not wired developmentally, or if an injury or insult changed that developmental fortification, there’s a good chance one might be pursuing PT, which is why your patients might be in your clinic. This course was created to help us all better understand these cross-referenced connections for better patient outcomes.

I hope to see you in one of 2 live stream offerings in January or September of 2024, or maybe I’ll get to shake your hand in person in Malvern PA in April. Thanks again to the fine folks at Alpine PT, and to everyone who attended, nodded, questioned, and participated. Your presence was enriching to me and to the group’s learning. I appreciate you all!

Posted November 30, 2023 at 3:41PM
Categories: Courses

**Be at the Forefront of Postural Restoration in New York City!**

FuncPhysio Physical Therapy, a Postural Restoration Center in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, is on an exciting journey to expand our interdisciplinary network. We are looking for a passionate and skilled physical therapist who wants to dive into the world of Postural Restoration. If you have a strong background or a keen interest in this field and are driven to make an impact in patient care, you're the perfect fit for our team!

**FuncPhysio**
- **one-on-one care:** Join a practice where you can spend one-on-one care with a patient for 60min. Use your knowledge and skills and integrate holistic treatment to provide personalized care.
- **Expanding Networks:** Be a key player in expanding our Postural Restoration Integrated (PRI) network, connecting with dentists, optometrists, and other PRI professionals.
- **Community Impact:** Have the opportunity to make a difference in the community with PRI.

**Position Summary:**
We are seeking a dynamic and motivated clinician who is passionate about employing Postural Restoration principles in our practice. Our ideal candidate is someone who has a deep passion for helping patients, is eager to learn and excel in this specialized area, and is enthusiastic about growing professional networks within the community. 


**Position Offer:**
A full-time (or part-time, if preferred) role. You'll play a vital part in creating and nurturing interdisciplinary networks in the bustling community of New York City.


**If you are interested in** We are excited to meet you! Please send your resume to y.takada@funcphysio.com

Our website: www.funcphysio.com

In the middle of the hustling pace of mid-town Manhattan off of Madison Ave. is a health oasis called "Mocean" and is the location of last week's Cervical Revolution. The facility is as modern and up-to-date of any I have ever seen and it was a pleasure to work with a wide range of professionals from physical therapy, chiropractic and strength and conditioning movement specialists.


Cervical Revolution is the course that is the gateway from the primary courses, especially Postural Respiration, to the cranium. Through the anterior neck flows airway, blood flow, food, sound and especially translational movement of the jaw and rotation of the cranium. There is lymph flow, CSF flow, nerve flow including autonomics, motor control and somatic sense inside the spinal column as well as outside of it. The ability to turn a neck is essential for upright human evolution and existence, and when rotational transverse plane is lost, a functional "de-evolution" results.


Since Cervical Revolution is a secondary course, having a primary course foundation is critical especially when the dominant pattern and position of the cervical spine and cranium is essentially "right stance".  In the primary courses it is much easier to see patterns and position in the pelvis and rib cage that dictates sacrum and sternum position. In this course, since it is harder to see obvious movement in the cranium or the position of cranial bones like the sphenoid and temporal bones via vectors of stress over time driven by atlas underneath an occipital bone, the basic concepts of atlas/occipital patterns and position were described in detail repetitively to provide a basic and sound foundation. Once  this  sound foundation of atlas under occipital bone, driving sphenoid position and temporal bone rhythm, directing mandible position is established, cranial torsion as a patho-mechanical presentation can be introduced with testing and treatment.


This course is also a gateway into the occlusal system and how position of jaw and bite influence not only the cranium and neck but the entire "stomatognathic" system as well. Atlas and occiput are the main neuro-articulation that are defined as the position of those two bones drives not only cranium and jaw but has an effect on the entire system.

This group of students was really sharp and had some of the best questions that helped inform and teach the entire group. There was plenty of time for lab and demonstration and the basics of this course were reinforced over the entire weekend.


Big shout out to Joe Giangrasso for being my tour guide and subway guru. Not only that, but it was Joe, Mike Zhao, Liz Cash who enthusiastically promoted the course and showed up with their "A" game of attention and participation. Thank you to Emily for coming out from Texas, Alex from Chicago but most especially Lenny from London and Wing Ho from Hong Kong! Wing Ho flew in the day before, flying coach, for 15 hours! Huge shout out to Aleena for being our lab assistant. She is a fire ball of energy and PRI knowledge and is a pleasure to know and have as support staff for any course. Thank you especially to Josh Park for hosting PRI at Mocean!

Posted October 31, 2023 at 1:19PM
Categories: Courses

Flying from sea level North Carolina to mile high Colorado was indeed a great way to experience pressure changes. It gave me an opportunity to discuss, firsthand, what our craniums should constantly be doing to resolve these changes, which are cyclically occurring (perhaps to a smaller extent) inside of our heads (and bodies) every moment of every day. And I could not have had a better group of people to discuss this with than those that attended last weekend’s “Cranial Resolution” course held at ProActive PT in Fort Collins, Colorado.

 

The Cranial course indeed has a lot of didactic material, but right from the start clinical application of this material was being discussed. And I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to get, early on on day one, questions that reflected how people who had never previously taken this course (which was the majority of people that were in attendance) were clearly conceptualizing this complex information in a clinical manner. Like when Tracy asked, “Well then wouldn’t it be helpful to block the right nostril when doing some of the PRI techniques?” What was so cool about these sorts of questions is that they showed people were starting to understand WHY we might want to do things . . . before ever being algorithmically introduced to a ball of cotton or a funny hat.

 

To me, understanding why PRI works is at the root of the Cranial Course. It brings concepts and people back down to basics, literally down . . . as in sitting on the floor down, to take their either “too loose” (disassociated) or “too tight” (overly regulated) legs out of the equation so they can feel how their cranium and thorax SHOULD integrate (alternate and diverge).  The two avatars that volunteered to illustrate these two different ANS integration responses could not have been more perfect, or more appreciated. Addison not only visibly gained nearly 40 deg of SLR, but also admitted that at the end of his demonstration he was, “for the first time,” able to comfortably tolerate long sitting. And Karen was finally able to find and feel her hamstrings (even if it was “only a 25% sense,” she now at least had something to start ergotropically PUSHING the floor with). And we were able to get Craig, our well balanced, “neutral” model, to quickly illustrate the role that lateralized multisensory input plays in influencing our ANS responses. Sorry Craig.   

This trip to Fort Collins was my first venture into Colorado, so of course I had to make the most of it. Jennifer, a wellness coach who has become a staunch PRI ambassador, was going to be attending so the two of us arranged to fly out several days early to be able to do some hiking. We loved the trails along the Poudre Valley (Hewlett Gulch and Grey Rock) and went up the well-traveled Horsetooth trail to the falls just outside of town. All spectacular, especially since the sun was out, the temps were perfect, and the Aspen’s were at their peak yellow. I’m starting to like this traveling to teach gig!  

Most importantly though, I want to extend a deep, heartfelt thanks to both the institute and the incredible hosts at ProActive (Brian, Tracy, Craig, and Addison), along with all of those that traveled (Jennifer, Chris, Karen, Lisa, Derya, Rachel and David) to be a part of this weekend of learning. Absolutely everyone brought something to the mix (even quiet Chris, learning about how you have worked with an ENT and Nutritional Flow was thought provoking). It was all such a great experience. I can't wait until the next time I get to teach this material, which will be on a live stream from Nebraska.

Posted October 24, 2023 at 2:17PM
Categories: Courses

"October 14th and the skies were gray, a rainy day in Reading, PA that was perfect to perturb some paradigms around the power of a pattern. We mined the pattern’s positional influence setting the stage for the task at hand and ending our day with a repositioning plan.

Day two dawned appropriately repositioned, the sun shining down elevating our condition. An earnest query session kicked off the day and made this instructor excited by the interplay.  

Focused and engaged, we delved into the test designed to guide our retraining the best. With the Hruska Adduction Lift Test leading the way, we endeavored to find and to feel the myo-ingredients that would progress the scores so we can all own our floors."

A big thank you to everyone who joined me this past weekend and did such an impressive job of focusing and working to apply and experience the material, and most importantly, asking questions that facilitated a clearer and deeper appreciation of the content. I would encourage all of you to embrace the uncertainty and discomfort that invariably accompanies new paradigm’s and know that this is a sure sign of growth.  

A big thank you to Frank Mallon, DPT, PRC for driving up from Philly both days to assist in lab and adding to our discussions, his presence was such a boon to our group!
Thank you to Alliance Fitness Center and Collin McGee for hosting and making sure we had what was needed for the success of our weekend.

Posted October 20, 2023 at 1:54PM
Categories: Courses

It was a wonderful two days teaching Pelvis Restoration from "home." at the Postural Restoration Institute. Thank you, RJ, for your amazing tech skills and assisting with setting up. Hayley you were a fabulous lab assistant, and I appreciated your insight and clinical experience and tips you shared with the class.

The course attendees were fabulous. I loved their eagerness to learn and think outside the box with the science of PRI. Fifty percent of the class were attending their first course. I remember attending my first PRI class and how overwhelming it was to learn about patterns, asymmetry, and the power of respiration. Once I started seeing the results in the clinic and seeing the patterns, I didn't look back only forward in the PRI journey. I hope this is the same for all of you.

Learning about the pelvic inlet and pelvic outlet with four quadrants each is a lot to learn for position, muscle facilitation or inhibition. I assure you the clinic will be your best lab as you gain insight and knowledge as this information will resonate as you see it with your patients.

Thank you for spending two days with PRI. I was so grateful and humbled to spend it with such amazing clinicians.

Posted October 17, 2023 at 1:16PM
Categories: Courses

Fort Collins, CO: The wide expanses of meadows and trails, fresh mountain air, and the Rocky Mountains – merely a stone’s throw away – provide an irresistible playground for movement. Did you know that movement starts at the thorax? The thorax is the first and foremost body region to assess and treat in our patients-clients, regardless of symptoms. The most recent rendition of Postural Respiration, hosted by Rebound Sports and Physical Therapy, explored why this is true. The group included a large cohort of physical therapists joined by two PT students, an athletic trainer, PTA, occupational therapist, chiropractor, and pulmonologist.

Postural Respiration includes in-depth discussions on the form and function of the left and right hemi-diaphragm, reflected in:
-    inefficient breathing strategies, such as belly and neck breathing and breath holding.
-    inefficient walking patterns, such as lack of arm swing, leaning to one side, early heel rise, and waddling.
-    forward head posture, straight spines, and rib flares.

Like the other two primary courses, Postural Respiration offers an algorithm to guide the clinician and provide the when, how, and why of treatment progression.  We spent significant lab time performing and interpreting tests and practicing non-manual and manual techniques to achieve a level of competence come Monday morning, with its real-world patients. Comments from the class after the techniques: “I feel more grounded.” “My movement is more fluid.” “My neck tension is gone.”

Thank you to those who elevated the learning experience for all by willing to be models for assessments and treatments: Sarah Awe, PTA; Tyler Fosdick, DPT; Daryl Hobbs, DC; Ambrey Holliday, MSPT; Annyce Mayer, MD; Michele Munsil, DPT; Alexandra Nachtman, DPT; Tara Rorvig, ATC; and Marisa Vargas, DPT.

Thank you to the staff at Rebound Sports and Physical Therapy, for all of the work you put in to host this course: Sarah Awe; Emily Clark, MSPT; Tyler Fosdick; Jason Grissom, DPT; Ambrey Holliday; Crissy Ott, MSPT; Brad Ott, MSPT; Elyse Prescott, DPT; Kevin Rhodes, OTR, CHT; Amber Schwarting, DPT; and Karen Stillahn, DPT, PRC. Karen, your insights and expertise during lab was invaluable and so appreciated!   

Finally, thank you to Craig, Abby, and Daisy Depperschmidt for your warm hospitality. I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with the three of you and sharing stories over breakfast and dinner.  You made me feel so welcome!

Posted October 10, 2023 at 1:35PM
Categories: Courses Science
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