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Blog Posts in February 2016

A big shout out to Water Sports and Physical Therapy for hosting Pelvis Restoration this past weekend in San Diego, CA.    The 40 plus course attendees dove into the complexity of what we all know as AFIR (IPIR) and AFER (IPER).   I feel they gained an understanding that if we don’t have tri-planar control of a pelvis we won’t have control of a femur or a thorax.  We really hit inhibition of the inlet and outlet to assist with clinical outcomes.   I had the awesome help of lab assistants Caleb Chiu, CSCS, PRT and Skip George, DC, PRC.  Although I wasn’t able to run along the ocean this trip (it was dark going to work and coming back), it gave me great joy to assist these practitioners on their PRI journey with 17 attendees being newbies! 

Posted February 29, 2016 at 4:55PM
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Dave Drummer, PRC, therapist at The Hruska Clinic shows a unqiue way to improve balloon blowing technique for those people who struggle to find the power to get air into the balloon. This technique, that originated at the Hruska Clinic, is taught as a core exercise through the Postural Restoration Institute and has been adapted and utilized to assist in treating anyone from the geriatric population to college athletics and professional sports teams.  Click HERE to see the video.

Posted February 26, 2016 at 10:54AM
Categories: Techniques

Last weekend, we delivered the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement course for the 3rd time in Seattle Washington. It was a jam packed course with nearly 50 attendees, and overall a really fun group of people. I love helping people start to look at the body through a new paradigm and talking to people over the breaks listening to their experiences and ah-ha moments. This course is absolutely full with a lot of practical application for all movement professionals. Aaron Haque who is the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Courthouse Performance in Salem Oregon was in attendance and this was his 5th PRI course. He was nice enough to put together some thoughts for the readers of what he got out of the weekend with James and I:

“The information in the Fitness and Movement course can be immediately understood and applied on Monday morning. It contains important information for the laymen and the experienced student as well. After taking all 3 base level courses and 1 advanced the Fitness and Movement course gave me a new perspective on the end-game goal of PRI and it's application.

The portions of the course covering gait, respiration, and ZOA in-particular were described in different ways that I had not heard before bringing in a clearer thought process and focused direction. 

The course manual is dense and chock-full of information that can immediately be applied. And it was interesting to see the course broken-up into planes of movement instead of dysfunctional polyarticular chains and how to correct them.  I believe this organizational change, in-particular, will make make it much easier to test, correct, and progress.”

Thank you Aaron for sharing your perspective! Additionally, special thanks to Olympic Physical Therapy/ATI and Chad Williams for being an awesome host and also thanks to Amie Holbrook for assisting us in the lab. Getting to travel around the country to teach this course and share this information is truly a blessing. Thank you to all who attended! I was disappointed I forgot to take a group photo with you all! Here is James and Min paying tribute to one of the most powerful athletes who understood the value of managing airflow and keeping his 12 ribs mobile, the one and only Bruce Lee (check out Min’s shirt). 

Our next available course to register for, is this summer at EXOS in Dallas Texas. Do not wait to sign up. It will sell out! We will also be in Boston and Phoenix!

Posted February 25, 2016 at 8:47AM
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I had some great feedback on this weekend’s course from some trusted colleagues I thought would reflect the weekend better than anything I could say. So Brian, Marci and Moon, thank you. Thanks so much to Rebound Sports and Physical Therapy for being such a great host site.

“I have taken several PRI courses. To this point, courses seemed to be organized into pelvis/lower extremities, pelvis and spine, and thorax/ribs discussions. Each primary course was very detailed and, at times, they were overwhelming with all of the good details, progressions, and exercises specific to these areas. I wanted to take this course initially because I thought that it would be a good review of general PRI concepts. After all, it is a course geared toward older adults. What could possibly be challenging about that? 
What I got was the most comprehensive, completely integrated course that I have ever taken. This class looks at a person from head to toe and clearly shows how to quickly evaluate that person in almost any setting, position, or condition (including frail, elderly, and/or chronically injured patients). It ties together how rib mechanics, diaphragm function, spinal movement, pelvis positioning, and even foot contact all completely sync together. The class shows how we can quickly come up with a systematic approach to restore function through respiration and alternating reciprocal gait. The class is designed to talk in more general terms and it can easily and instantly be utilized by just about any health care provider in any setting. It was the most thorough yet understandable course that I have ever taken and I highly recommend it to anyone who really wants to grasp how we truly should move and function.” 

Brian Benjamin, DPT

“I would describe this course as a compact advance integration course and over 75% percent of the information is clinical and treatment based.  The PRI principles were stated simply with no abbreviations.  Absolutely the best explanation of gait mechanics that I have heard in 15 years of practice, including my master's course work and DPT program coursework.  The information covered will change the way I treat all of my patients.  The home exercise instructions are simplified and use little to no props, which will make my home programs more successful.  This is course is not just for the home health therapist, but for any therapist who treats geriatrics in any setting and I will have patients of all ages using this program.  This course is not just for those who use PRI or have taken PRI course.  This material is for anyone who wants to maximize the performance of their patients or clients.  That performance could be transfers, gait, single leg stance, balance, running, or lifting mechanics. Phenomenal!”
Marci Heine, MSPT, PRC

“Thanks again for a great course. Truly my favorite to date. Maybe that's because I could just sit back and soak it all in and capture the nuggets as they came or just because of the content and delivery. Even being PRC it helped me to realize that I'm really over thinking concepts and exercise prescription half the time.  If you lose a ZOA and a hamstring and don't get upright and functional, you're program is sunk. The emphasis of function, function, function and integration was supreme. This course is an absolute must for everyone but especially those that are new to PRI or were frustrated after taking one of the core classes and getting hung up on acronyms and concepts. I feel like this course (and perhaps the fitness and movement class presents the same) is the best representation of PRI concepts and progression of alternating and reciprocal functional movement I've had to date. It is applicable across the age span and absolutely not just for geriatric care. I'd venture to guess that most people move around their kitchen and bathroom and sleep in a bed:).”
Moon Hemeyer, MS, MTC, DPT, PRC

"The real reason a PRI course held in Colorado during the winter is so great."

Posted February 24, 2016 at 3:54PM
Categories: Courses

I kicked off my 2016 teaching schedule not too far from home!  This was a real treat for me to teach in my home state of NC.  Joe, Mark, Jessica and Kerry from Architech Sports were awesome hosts.  I enjoyed teaching the concepts of AF and FA as it relates to pattern human asymmetry during upright gait.  I had diverse group of clinicians that all were excited to learn all about the fundamentals of PRI.  I even got to experience my own parasympathetics reading Dr. Seuss to my niece in the evening!!  

Posted February 23, 2016 at 9:54AM
Categories: Courses

I recently had the chance to sit down with Ron and talk about this year’s Interdisciplinary Integration: Sound Effects on Posture: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Enhance Sensory Processing. If you have any questions about what will and won’t be discussed, feel free to contact me HERE.

Posted February 17, 2016 at 2:31PM
Categories: Courses

First Call Home Health knows how to host a course! Mike Cantrell and I really enjoyed presenting the Cervical Revolution course material in their beautiful building and to their staff of both OTs and PTs who have taken many PRI courses in the past.  I honestly enjoyed receiving questions from attendees who do so much with the geriatric population and integrating cervical-cranial PRI concepts with all the attendees, and a dentist as they relate to all ages and many different patients and symptoms and diagnoses.  I met some great people that I hope to meet again and will not forget how warm of a reception and the rewarding response Mike and I received.

Posted February 16, 2016 at 4:11PM
Categories: Courses

Teena Murray and the University of Louisville Sports Performance team were wonderful hosts to Myokinematic Restoration this past weekend. The facilities and the hospitality were top notch as expected, but it was especially cool to team up with such a great group to discuss the neurology and biomechanics of hip performance.

A big thank you to Bill Hartman for joining me on the presentation end of things as an excellent lab assistant. In fact, I felt more like I was Bill's assistant when he took over the explanation of exercise and technique delivery in the lab portion of the course. It was great to have your expertise and awesome ability to connect PRI into the world of athletic performance as we teamed up to give the group hands-on exposure to this science. 

Lucy Hendricks said it best when she messaged me two days after the course: "I now realize that I truly couldn't stand the way I knew I was supposed to because of the position of my pelvis. I feel so grounded (now that I have AFIR and ligamentous muscle). I'm already walking and standing a lot better. Even when I'm not thinking about it."

Lucy, thanks for reminding us that getting grounded is the name of the game. Actually, getting properly sequenced AFIR is the name of the game and the resulting neuro inhibition does the grounding. 

Because the ground is a great place to start the building process when your motto is "Building Athletes and Preparing Champions!" Thank you UofL Athletics for a great PRI weekend! #GoCards!


Posted February 12, 2016 at 3:20PM
Categories: Courses

We had 45 attendees at Pelvis Restoration this past weekend in Quincy, IL.  This course really gets into the “details” of tri-planar activity of AFIR and AFER of the pelvic inlet and outlet.  I felt the participants gained an understanding of how PRI tests can assist them with selecting the best activity to assist with inhibition and neuro-motor retraining for reciprocal and/or alternating function for their patient.  A big shout out to Natalie and the Advanced Physical Therapy crew for hosting this past weekend your passion for patient excellence is palpable.  Also, thanks Lori Brinkman and Nancy Hammond for being awesome lab assistants.

Posted February 5, 2016 at 9:35AM
Categories: Courses

Enjoyed a beautiful weekend on the East Coast of Florida with David Donatucci and the awesome staff at the Florida Institute of Performance. It's always a blessing to be able to enter the world of Athletic Performance Training and collaborate with some of the best out there. David, we're impressed with your program and especially impressed with how well you treated us as guests in your facility. Thank you. 

Also, a big thank you to Karen Hoyt, PT, ATC, PRC for spending the weekend with us and working with the group as my lab assistant. You're one of the PRI pioneers in Florida and a great example to a growing body of clinicians as the first PRC in the state.

The word of the weekend was fundamentals. Fundamentals of rib mechanics, fundamentals of breathing, fundamentals of patterned body postures and fundamentals of inhibition and restoration. We stayed focused on the basic principles that drive PRI thorax evaluation and treatment and used repetition and analogy to keep things clear. 

George, it was an honor to have you join us for this course with some of your staff and to go beyond just golf and talk about baseball performance considerations. I loved how you kept it practical for us when you asked what we could do with a baseball athlete when you only had a few minutes prior to performance. Thanks for jumping up on the demo table and letting me show you and the group the power of rib internal rotation and reducing hyperinflation. I do indeed think you looked 10 years younger after the treatment. #fightingweight. 

All in all, it was a great 2 days on breathing, inhibition and biological performance across the thorax. Thanks again for your strong interest as a group in the fundamental principles of this institute. We were really honored to be there. 


Posted February 5, 2016 at 9:12AM
Categories: Courses
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