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Blog Posts in February 2010

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

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
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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

As the Interdisciplinary Integration course approaches, we want to provide some timely input and updates.  Our speakers are excited about this event and are working on each of their presentations.  If you attended the course last year, you’ll see that the agenda has been changed for 2010 so that April 14th is unique in this way…

Ron will start the morning with an update on the influences on gait and foot mechanics from Left AIC, Right BC and Right TMCC patterns. Curt Johnson will then review anatomical and myokinematics of the foot followed by an introduction to the Left AIC patterned foot. In addition to pelvis influences on the Left AIC foot and vice versa, skeletal and muscular characterstics of each foot will be discussed in three independent planes during midstance, push off and heel strike phases of the Left AIC gait pattern. Dr. Paul Coffin will provide an update on biomechanical influences on gait and the lumbar-pelvic-femoral-tibial complex from the ground up. New this year is also a panel discussion for 2 hours after lunch.  The panel discussion will focus on the following:

1. What leg, ankle and foot issues can be treated successfully using only PRI non-manual techniques?
2. When can you successfully treat leg, ankle and foot issues using clinical materials such as scaphoid pads, heel wedges, shoe inserts, metatarsal pads, etc?
3. When are orthotics indicated and necessary to successfully treat leg, ankle and foot issues?
This panel will offer their individual treatment perspectives, theories and recommendations regarding some of the more common leg, ankle and foot patterned disorders and dysfunction.

Following the panel discussion, case studies and video analysis will take place. To end the day, Lori Thomsen will share her passion for shoe selection. She will discuss what to look for, consider and compare when choosing a shoe for PRI function. You won’t want to miss this day!

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