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Blog Posts in March 2018

“With any change or growth there is inevitable resistance, struggle and a little pain.  Overcoming the status quo personally or professionally requires leaving some or many old notions behind that no longer work, or never really did, and learn that observations, questions and thinking about what is needed for patient and practitioner satisfaction sometimes means stepping out of a traditional way of thinking.”  This statement was made by Robert “Skip” George D.C., CCSP, CSCS, PRC and can be read along with other information about him by going to  the SD Voyager.   Skip has become one of my best friends.  I can’t imagine my life without him in it.  He has offered me so much genuine advice and has gained my trust and confidence because of  the way he manages himself around people who are interested in integrated engagement.    I met him at a PRI course that I instructed in 2012 and immediately felt his magnetic presence.   I really believed he would become a future faculty member after that one inspirational course and having the opportunity to spend some one on one time with him.   His acceptance and acquiescence of novel insight for the betterment of humanity left a lasting impression on me.  

He will be presenting a “A Chiropractor’s Perspective on Professional, Personal and Relationship Resistance” and his story and message is far from “ordinary.” I believe the same infectious ‘one on one’ experience that I had when I first met him, will be felt by anyone who is in the room, who is listening to him talk about how to resist, resistance to change.  As you will find out by his personal presentation, meaningful movement requires change.

Learn more about the 2018 Spring Symposium HERE.

Posted March 9, 2018 at 12:40PM

I grew up just 4 hours west of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, both of my parents are University of Minnesota grads, my aunt received her PT degree from U of M, and my mother is born and raised in St. Paul, so I am very familiar with the area. While not a true "home game" for me, I was in familiar surroundings.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul area has long been a hot-bed of PRI interest and practitioners. We had a great mix of professionals who were new to PRI, those who have taken a few PRI courses, and those who have been using the science of PRI for many years. We were very fortunate to have Karen Jiran as one of our lab assistants. Karen was in one of the very first PRC classes, so it was an honor to have her in the class and provide so many awesome answers and examples to the attendees. Our other lab assistant was Brent Albrecht, and he was in one of the very first PRT classes. We were very blessed to have two very experienced PRI practitioners to provide some great context during our discussions and labs.

Our exploration of joint mechanics, ranging from normal, to normal compensation, to abnormal pathological compensation, allowed us to move into the myokinematic discussion of performance based on position. We had great conversations about orthotics, footwear, diaphragm breathing, and how all of those things are directly linked to lumbo-pelvi-femoral mechanics. The value of having the correct "boy band", as well as the value of the hamstring during the gait cycle, were main concepts for our group discussions.

My thanks to Park Nicollet and the entire crew from that facility: Jerusha, Brigid, Laura, Deanne, Patricia, Joanna, Stephanie, and Shraddha. You all were fantastic and were great hosts, and had excellent questions. Thanks to Dr. Kris Zeller-Hack, Mary Spielman, OT, and Brain Kasel, PA-C for their attendance, questions, and interest in PRI. Jacob Talcott, Alissa Granholm, and Wendy Rader were our models during demonstrations, and my thanks to them for allowing us to learn from them. A huge thank you to Lisa Nelson, Tom Stork, Lizanne Pastore, Megan Gohlke, and Robyn Chip for their expert questions and restates, which helped everyone's learning process during the weekend.

Posted March 7, 2018 at 1:39PM
Categories: Courses

Mercer University in Macon Georgia played host to the Postural Restoration Institute as I was there to teach Myokinematic Restoration. Macon is about 90 miles south of Atlanta and was the home to the Allman Brothers Band, Little Richard, Otis Redding and a ton of other incredible and famous musicians and bands. Macon is in the heart of Dixie and Mercer is a phenomenal University with an outstanding Athletic Training and sports medicine department. Amos Mansfield ATC is the head athletic trainer at Mercer and he was our host. Amos did a fantastic job! He is working on his PRT status because he has seen what he is capable of doing with PRI science. We had 22 professionals in class and the course went very well. We covered a number of subjects from human asymmetry to the role of the diaphragm and the polyarticular chain known as the AIC. As an entry level course, I cannot recommend Myokin highly enough! Further, Mercer University and Amos Mansfield created a setting that was tailor made for learning. I am a little prejudiced since I do some work at Mercer and I am very proud to be affiliated with them. This past weekend I had some help. Adrian Baker DPT, PRC was my lab assistant and the folks in class adored her as do I. Again, I may be a little biased as I was fortunate enough to introduce Adrian to PRI a few years back. She is a good soul and a skilled clinician whom I would allow to treat anyone in my family anytime!

I sure do look forward to teaching Impingement & Instability here at Mercer this July and I look forward to seeing you there as well!

Posted March 5, 2018 at 2:30PM

Feet continue to intrigue me.  We discuss the role of the calcaneus and its interaction with tibial and femoral function in the Impingement and Instability course.  I enjoyed discussing how the upper extremities play a destabilization role in the ankle and foot, and talus response to tibial rotation or the tibia response to talus orientation at last year’s Spring Symposium.  I am also beginning to appreciate how much one can extrapolate about the clinical functional status of the plantar surface of the foot by looking at the top of the foot.  These tibia, talus and calcaneus relationships and observation of the superior foot, outline and define the personality and behavior of the inferior or bottom of the foot. 

Jacqueline Shakar DPT, MS, PT, OCS, CMT, LAT has taken ten courses offered by the Postural Restoration Institute® and besides her roles she fills as Program Director and full time professor at the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner MA, she is the lead instructor of Graston Technique® therapy.  She also maintains her clinical skills by practicing at Central Mass PT and Wellness in West Boylston, MA.  Her interest in the foot and its direct association with balance and gait, restricted or unrestricted, makes her a perfect fit for someone I want to listen to  regarding “core” function of the foot, and how it might influence our upright fear or security based behavior.  I am looking forward to her presentation on how she uses key evaluation tests and neuromuscular exercise interventions to reduce postural dysfunction and unnecessary tonicity.  

Posted March 5, 2018 at 11:34AM

We recently were made aware of four journal articles that use PRI techniques to study the effects that they have on lumbopelvic pain, knee osteoarthritis pain, illiotibial band tightness and chronic low back pain. We are excited to see the growth in research for techniques that PRI Therapists have been using clinically for years. All of the articles below are available free of charge.

To view all of the articles click here.

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