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Blog Posts in February 2010

Memo from Jen Poulin, PT, PRC:

The second annual PRC Forum had an unexpected visitor this year…Mother Nature!  And I know for sure she was not on the guest list!  She blew into Atlanta on Friday night and wiped out half of the committed PRC’s.  We were sorry those planning on attending were unable to fly or drive into snowy, icy Atlanta!  We would have been better off meeting in Vermont!

Mike Cantrell, James Anderson, Jen Poulin, Sangini Rane, and Scott Pruitt managed to make it in and spent the day discussing how we, as PRC’s, can help support the Institute and further the science and also went back to some fundamental concepts of myokinematics to help streamline our treatment efforts. 

James prepared a paper “Differences between the left and right abdominals, lower trap and serratus anterior function in the left AIC/right BC pattern”.
Mike presented his thoughts on the Left AIC pattern as it relates to baseball pitchers and Scott discussed the implications for the golf swing.
Jen finally got a 3/5 Hruska Adduction Lift Score, so all went home happy!

Stay tuned for further details on the meeting and thoughts on planning the third annual PRC meeting!

- Jen Poulin, PT PRC

Posted February 24, 2010 at 9:24AM

In a conversation between Ron Hruska and his daughter living in New York City, Ron describes why we associate smells with memories:

“Hi Rachelle! I enjoyed reading your tumbler message to me about the dry cleaners smell of your oxford shirt and the memories it stirred up.  I walked by a bakery in Warsaw and immediately thought of grandma Rita because of the bakery aroma.  When I smell tractor grease I immediately think of my dad and when I smell freshly cut alfalfa in the field I immediately think of my grandpa John.  When I smell freshly turned soil in the garden I think of grandma Rose and picking up potatoes that were just dug up, when we were little. When I smell new crayons exposed for the first time by opening their box lid I think of my school days at Dist. 31.  These smells are so precious to me. These odors and smells enter the nose and are recognized by the olfactory sensors and the signals are sent to the olfactory bulb that is located right above the eyes.  From there the sorted smell information is then sent to the limbic system, the primitive part of the brain that includes areas that control emotions, memory and behavior.  As the same information goes to the cortex or the outer brain for conscious thought, it is sent to the sensory cortex to create the sense of flavor.  The message sent to the cortex and the limbic system triggers memories that are stored in the hippocampus, and through relational memories your blue oxford shirt reminded you of me.  Thank God for the hippocampus! - Love Dad”

Posted February 23, 2010 at 9:30AM

James Anderson, MPT, PRC, wrote this handout on “Differences Between the Left and Right Abdominal, Lower Trap and Serratus Anterior Function in the Left AIC/Right BC Pattern”.  We will be adding this handout to our Postural Respiration course manual!  CLICK HERE for a copy!

Posted February 22, 2010 at 9:33AM

We are passing around another great book here at PRI!  Dental Management of Sleep Disorders written by Attanasio and Bailey is a highly recommended book for those of you studying sleep disorders.
“The book begins with an overview of sleep medicine, providing the reader with a solid foundation in the human sleep cycle, classification of sleep disorders, and related medical and dental conditions.” 

If you are attending the Rest Integration course in April, this would make a great resource!  If you are interested in purchasing the book, you can do so HERE!

Posted February 17, 2010 at 10:15AM

The newest book purchased by PRI is “Essentials of Facial Growth” written by Enlow and Hans.  This book covers the nasomaxillary complex, the neurocranium and foundation for the face, facial form and pattern, the plan of the human face, an overview of craniofacial imaging (especially if you are working or going to work with gnathic orthopedic minded dentists), and maturation of the orofacial neuromusculature.  We highly recommend this book!  You can purchase the book HERE!

Posted February 16, 2010 at 10:13AM

This month we are featuring Julie Hereford, DPT.  Julie will be presenting at the Rest Integration course on April 17th!  Julie will be teaming up with Dr. J. Paul Rutledge to cover sleep disorders!  To read about Julie, click here

Posted February 11, 2010 at 10:18AM
Posted February 10, 2010 at 2:01PM
Posted February 9, 2010 at 2:04PM

Dental Integration

We are getting ready for our Dental Integration course being held here at PRI April 15th!  This course will be presented by Dr. Michael Hoefs, DDS and Ron Hruska, MPA, PT.  Upon the completion of this course, course participants should:

Understand the symptoms of craniofacial pain and the anatomical structures involved
Identify patients with craniofacial pain symptoms
Understand the relationship of craniofacial pain to posture
Have a better understanding of sleep disordered breathing /compromised airways and their relationship to posture, orthodontics and pain
Be able to integrate PRI techniques with dentists trained in the treatment of craniofacial pain, sleep disordered breathing and cranial osteopathy

If you have any questions surrounding this course, contact us!

Posted February 8, 2010 at 10:20AM

For those of you that have taken the Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration course, you will be happy to know we are updating the coloring section!  Although this area has served it’s purpose, we felt that we could really improve on this section!  We are excited to unveil this project at the next course in Virginia Beach, VA! 

Posted February 5, 2010 at 10:24AM
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