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Blog Posts in March 2015

Hello PRI Friends,

I had opportunity to talk about Postural Restoration Institute® (PRI) basic concepts such as posture, breathing, ZOA, polyarticular muscle chains, treatment approaches and so on at NSCA® Japan Area Director Seminar (Kanagawa Prefecture) on March 12th. 

Participants had hard time to understand the concepts at first, however, once they had tried the basic approaches such as 90-90 Hip Lift with Balloon, Supine Scissor Slides, and Left Side lying with Resisted Right Glute Max, they had better understanding, and many people asked me questions after that.

At the end of seminar, I had mentioned about the PRI Japanese seminars this coming July at Tokyo and Osaka, and I am sure that PRI will give great influence to Japanese medical personnel. 

Thank you.

Atsu Takei, ATC, PES, CES, PRT

In PRI, we are typically focusing on creating a reciprocal and alternating neuromuscular system. However, our neuromuscular system is connected with all the other systems in our body. There appears to be a coupling between autonomic, central, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems which, in parallel with our neuromuscular system, are also asymmetrical and rhythmically shifting. “Asymmetry, Lateralization, and Alternating Rhythms of the Human Body” has been broken up into 5 parts describing this phenomenon in addition to the story of how and why our asymmetry came to be. It can also be accessed at on my website where I have written on other various topics that relate to PRI. 

CLICK HERE to read Part 3: "How Did Humans Become Asymmetric?"

CLICK HERE to read Part 2: "What Does Asymmetry Provide for a Human Being?” 

CLICK HERE to read Part 1: "The Prevalence of Human Asymmetry and Lateralization"

Posted March 15, 2015 at 4:42PM
Categories: Clinicians

Had a great time with Kevin Neeld BSC, MS, CSCS, PRT,  and the crew at Endeavor Sports Performance in a fantastic facility talking Impingement and Instability. Fortunately, there was not a cheerleading competition going on next door like Jen got to enjoy or a dog show going on next door like Mike got to enjoy, just the peace and quiet of neurological reference centers going off during slow and controlled movement patterns.

We talked about the power and significance of the frontal plane across the ankle and foot and up into the hips and pelvis. We talked about the diaphragm’s ability to position itself so the frontal plane abdominals worked with the lower extremities to stabilize the rotating human torso. The integration of frontal plane lower half movement for transverse plane upper half performance was a central topic throughout the weekend. In fact, it prompted my visit to the statue of Philadelphia’s most famous sports figure, the fictional Rocky Balboa. I talked with Rock about not holding both arms so high over his head all the time because it could compromise his breathing and limit the power of his rotational performance throughout his thorax. He said, “Yo, James, I’m not even a real boxer. It’s just a movie.” I assured him that I understood that fact and that I wouldn’t blow his cover.

Posted March 11, 2015 at 4:27PM
Categories: Courses

Dallas Wood, ATC, CSCS, PRT and Zachary Nott, CSCS, SCCC, PRT are the next speakers featured in our speaker spotlight for the upcoming Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium on April 16-17th in Lincoln! Dallas and Zach will be presenting on two related topics: “Integrating Limitations for Required Optimal Human Performance” and “Safely Strengthening and Conditioning Those Who Function in ‘Un-Safe’ Situations”.

These two human performance specialists utilize their expertise as Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) professionals working with the Department of Defense. Integrating PRI into training with the operators they work with is not always an easy process, however they have found success, and their knowledge on these topics is something you will not want to miss. Here is what they had to say about their upcoming presentations:

“Integrating Limitations for Required Optimal Human Performance”

When your client can't or won't control their extension bias, you need an integrated approach to help them get the most out of performance. Creating an environment to effectively utilize multiple disciplines to help your client perform optimally maybe what is required. Integrating limitations to move them forward can give them the reference points to be successful.

“Safely Strengthening and Conditioning Those Who Function in ‘Un-Safe’ Situations”

Is an extended system always suboptimal? In certain specialized populations, patterns that the clinician or trainer would normally abstain from may be unavoidable. Certain strategies can be used to prepare a client for activities that require or encourage extension, as well as allow them to manage this pattern when at rest. 

To see a complete list of speakers or to register for the upcoming Interdisciplinary Integration course, CLICK HERE!

Posted March 10, 2015 at 10:19AM
Categories: Courses Clinicians

Mike Cantrell was recently featured again on a teleseminar interview with Joe Heiler on Sportsrehabexpert.com. On this interview, Mike discusses a few case study examples with some athletes he has worked with including diagnoses of: sports hernia, femoral acetabular impingement and shoulder impingement. To listen to this interview for free on Sportsrehabexpert.com, click here! Sportsrehabexpert.com frequently has interviews and topics of PRI discussion, so if you haven't checked it out, be sure to do so!

Posted March 9, 2015 at 3:06PM
Categories: Clinicians Interviews

The Hruska Clinic has released its 2015 Recommended Shoe List. This year we have a video talking about some of the input that goes into making the shoe list, watch below. Click here to view the shoe list.

Posted March 6, 2015 at 1:28PM

The skiff of fresh snow and the cold air in Kansas City made me remember how wimpy I am since moving to the desert when it comes to tolerating cold weather. Cold weather outside, but warm hearts and welcome friends inside made for 2 great days with a fantastic group talking all things Myokinematic Restoration. Thank you Matt and the entire Blue Valley Physical Therapy team for inviting us and for making us feel so welcome. Thank you Kentaro (Kenny) Ishii,MS, ATC/L, PES, CES, CSCS, PRT and Mark Cairns, ATC, PRT for your expert assistance in the lab portion of the course. And Kenny, it is truly a pleasure to be able to mentor you as you prepare to teach this material in Tokyo this summer. I have all the confidence in the world that you will be a fantastic PRI course instructor.

We gained a strong appreciation for acetabular position, strength and control during dynamic upright activities. We also learned about angle of acetabular anteversion changes with different pelvic postures with help from one of Ann’s old school text books, Joint Structure and Function, by Norkin and Levangie. She also pulled out 2 classics by Kapanji that would have made an old school biomechanist like Ron drool a little bit. We went on to relate breathing and movement via the diaphragm to one of my favorite songs by the Police, “Every Breath You Take” and the concept of acetabular hole control to one of my favorite songs by Elton John, “Socket Man”- I mean “Rocket Man”. Here’s to hoping my creative examples do more to help people understand than they do to confuse.  

Posted March 6, 2015 at 12:21PM
Categories: Courses

What do a patient with POTS in California, a patient with pelvic floor pain and TMD in Virginia, a patient with dizziness and migraine headaches in Kansas and a patient with chronic back pain and leg weakness in Washington have in common?   

They each came to Lincoln, NE to be engaged with our PRIME program at the Hruska Clinic within the last month.  To learn more about our PRIME program and to see if we can help you check out our website HERE

Keep on the lookout for more information as we look forward to sharing our unparalleled success stories of integration with you!

I enjoyed a great weekend with a very attentive, active group of PT’s, OT’s and strength coaches in the relaxed and comfortable town of Coppell, Texas.  Lots of fun learning about inlet and outlet positions as they relate to clinical application learning to “guide the pillar posteriorly!”  Plates were full from the PRI buffet of information to apply!  Many thanks to the warm group at GO Sports Therapy for their participation and drive to learn about this science!

Posted March 5, 2015 at 8:18AM
Categories: Courses

In PRI, we are typically focusing on creating a reciprocal and alternating neuromuscular system. However, our neuromuscular system is connected with all the other systems in our body. There appears to be a coupling between autonomic, central, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems which, in parallel with our neuromuscular system, are also asymmetrical and rhythmically shifting. “Asymmetry, Lateralization, and Alternating Rhythms of the Human Body” has been broken up into 5 parts describing this phenomenon in addition to the story of how and why our asymmetry came to be. It can also be accessed at on my website where I have written on other various topics that relate to PRI. 

CLICK HERE to read Part 2: "What Does Asymmetry Provide for a Human Being?” 

CLICK HERE to read Part 1: "The Prevalence of Human Asymmetry and Lateralization"

Posted March 2, 2015 at 7:59PM
Categories: Clinicians Science
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