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Blog Posts in January 2010

We received this email last week:

“I was looking through the Myokinematic Restoration course manual and came across an interesting piece of info with no reference.  On page 21, in the Myokinematic Influences On The Pelvis & Femur section, there is a sentence that states “Less than 3% of hip receptors are found to be excited by flexion and extension of the hip.”  Can you tell me where this info was referenced from?

Right HERE!  This article was one of the first articles used as a reference when teaching about Protonics.  We were excited someone asked about it!

Posted January 29, 2010 at 4:19PM

We received some feedback from one of the first Home Study Course Attendees.  “Great stuff!  I wish this was taught in PT school.  This “stuff” has not really made it’s way into Ohio or at least I have never came across a therapist that knows about this.  Missing piece of the puzzle!!”

We are excited to receive such positive feedback!  If you are interested in exploring the Home Study courses, contact us!

Posted January 27, 2010 at 4:22PM

We recently made a change to the Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration course schedule. The August 7-8 course in Lincoln has been moved to July 24-25. We hope this new date works better with your schedules!

Posted January 25, 2010 at 4:24PM

The Neuroscience of Human Movement by Charles Leonard is the latest book that Ron Hruska can’t put down. “The book is designed to help students bridge information from basic science courses with clinical courses such as therapeutic exercise, sports psychology, neurological rehabilitation, motor control and motor learning.  Clinicians will benefit from recent neuroscience/motor control information that directly relates to the rehabilitation of their patients and clients.”  As you can see by the tabs, Ron has found this book to be “worth the read”!

Posted January 21, 2010 at 4:30PM

We received a request recently on a course evaluation survey that is perhaps a shared request by other course attendees. The therapist is looking for a more thorough understanding and appreciation for the use of balloons. Two Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) Therapists had offered insight on the subject a couple years ago and their comments are currently in our Advanced Integration course manual and are provided here…

The balloon blow facilitates MUSCLE ACTIVATION of abdominals which are flexors of the spine/trunk. Therefore it helps to facilitate MUSCLE INHIBITION of paraspinals. (Several of my patients say it helps shut off their back muscles which decreases back pain from hypertonic paraspinals.) The abdominal activation helps to oppose the diaphragm for efficient breathing and abdominals in general oppose all dysfunctional patterns (i.e. L AIC, R BC, PEC, R TMCC) so most people benefit from muscle activation of abdominals. The balloon provides a slowing down of the exhalation phase of respiration which is helpful for decreasing SOB and many other conditions (refer to basic physiology text books for the formulas on respiratory breathing rates) and it facilitates depression of ribs (which is good for ribs that are too elevated/externally rotated and lumbar spines that are excessively lordotic) which therefore increases the ZOA which is necessary for increased exercise tolerance, efficient respiration etc. The resisted exhalation also helps to increase the INTRA ABDOMINAL PRESSURE (IAP). This is needed for core/spinal stability. If a patient clamps off the balloon with any strategy, they essentially are augmenting the IAP that is required to be able to inhale again without loss of air in the balloon. If they don’t clamp it off, the increase in IAP is required of the ABDOMINALS and diaphragm via position/ZOA which is what we are after.
by Kyndall Boyle, PT, PhD, OCS

When you have the person create a seal using their tongue instead of pinching the balloon you:
1. encourage “up”/resting position of the tongue
2. encourage activation of left lateral pterygoid
3. create a negative space to restore the dome position of the soft palate (restoring ZOA in the cranium)
4. encourage obliques to stay activated during the pause at the end of the exhalation phase. 
If they pinch the balloon they will lose the zone, whereas if they don’t pinch the only way the balloon will not deflate is if they stay in the zone.
by Jeanna Viramontes, MPT, PRC

Posted January 18, 2010 at 4:37PM

...the newest addition to PRI, Elizabeth Cunningham.  Elizabeth started working in PRI the beginning of January after graduating from St. Olaf in Northfield, Minnesota with a double major in Studio Art and Biology.  While in the process of job searching, she graciously accepted a temporary position drawing illustrations for PRI.  She will be here for a couple of months while she continues to look for a permanent position out east.  We are extremely excited to have her here and are so impressed with what she has completed so far!

Posted January 13, 2010 at 4:42PM

The Visual Midline Shift Test is located in our Advanced Integration course manual.  If you have recently been to an Advanced Integration course, you are familiar with this handout.  Eric Pinkall, MPT, PRC recently caught a mistake located on the handout.  Click HERE to print off the updated version of the Visual Midline Shift Test.  You can see the corrections highlighted in yellow!

Posted January 8, 2010 at 9:12AM

“Industrial product design wastes away the competition” is an article sent to us by Peggy Johnson, PT that was published in the Arizona State University newsletter.  This article discusses a new toilet design concept, “Go With the Flo”, designed by a team of ASU College Design students.  This toilet compliments our stance on squatting!  To read this article, click HERE!

Posted January 8, 2010 at 9:03AM

Our Home Study Courses are now available!  If you are interested in taking one of our continuing education courses in the comfort of your home or office, these courses are for you!  If you are unable to travel or can’t afford to miss work, this is a great opportunity for you!  If you would like to register or have questions, contact us!

Myokinematic Restoration from Postural Restoration Institute on Vimeo.

Posted January 6, 2010 at 1:57PM

We still have TWO spots available for the Myokinematic Restoration course in Chevy Chase, Maryland this weekend!  If you are interested in attending, contact us!

Posted January 5, 2010 at 9:16AM


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