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Blog Posts in March 2009

Abdominal Discord

  • Abdominal weakness- dorsal stabilizers become tight and static, exhalation becomes passive and rate of inhalation increases.
  • Belly breathing associated with increased lordosis.
  • Unilateral or bilateral rib flare.
  • Rotation dysfunction increases with internal oblique weakness on side toward which the body is rotated, external obliques weakness on opposite side.
  • Strains sacral iliac ligaments.

Common Compensatory Pattern

1.  Pope, R. The common compensatory pattern: it’s origin and relationship to the postural model.  AAOJ 14(4):19-40.
2.  Zink G, Lawson W. An osteopathic structural examination and functional interpretation of the soma. Osteopathic Annals, 1979 Dec 7(12):433-440.

Posted March 29, 2009 at 2:07PM
Categories: Courses

PRI Gait Analysis of the Accelerated “Asymmetrical” American

1.  The left foot goes through a toe-out gait pattern at early push-off compared to the right.  Secondary to poor abductor co-contraction of adductors and anterior gluteus medius.

2.  The right lower extremity externally rotates more overall than the left.  During swing because of overactive iliacus and during stance because of innominate orientation of legs and trunk to the right.

3.  The right heel lifts early at mid-stance compared to the left and at push-off.  Secondary to longer interval of right weight acceptance and trunk glide and longer shorter swing and ‘stride’ with left leg.

4.  The femurs significantly internally rotate at push-off.  At late mid stance and trunk glide phases innominates are forwardly rotated too much contributing to FA IR orientation or position.  Especially seen in hyperextended individuals. 

5.  There appears to be a higher ‘active’ mid foot arch on the right at mid stance.  Secondary to overactive, shortened strong right adductor influence on foot and ankle.

6.  No sufficient resupination of the left foot occurs after midstance to stabilize or “lock” the tarsus in the sagittal plane and allow for efficient propulsion.  Contributed by weak right acetabular femoral external rotational strength.

7.  The right 1st metatarsal is not secure in plantar-flexion against the ground during forefoot loading.  Contributed by C.O.G. over-distributed to the right and overactive left TFL during swing. 

8.  The right 1st MTP joint does not dorsiflex freely for forward gait progression without compensatory dorsiflexion from smaller toes and shifting of COG to the right.  Secondary to forefoot and possibly rearfoot varus and overactive posterior gluteus medius and iliacus. 

9.  The right arm does not move forward upon right toe-off.  Secondary to poor left lateral abdominal integration and overactive right thoracic abductors reinforcing right arm adduction. 

10.  The left shoulder does not drop upon left toe-off.  Contributed by weak left gluteus medius and left lateral abdominals at late mid stance or trunk glide. 

Posted March 26, 2009 at 2:10PM
Categories: Courses

Earlier this month James Anderson was invited to present at the 2009 (CCHA) Central College Health Association Annual Conference held at Creighton University, sponsored jointly by The Creighton University Center for Health and Counseling and Creighton University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education Division. The stated purpose of this conference is to feature nationally recognized experts presenting topics relevant to college health. Those attending included College Health Personnel, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Public Health Personnel and other interested healthcare personnel associated with college health across the Midwest United States.

James shared with us his feedback…

“My presentation focused on the form, function and positional influence of the respiratory diaphragm and breathing on the collegiate back.  The title of my presentation was “Caring for the Collegiate Back”, but it was a PRI presentation on respiratory influences from start to finish.  This diverse group of medical professionals were overwhelmingly positive about the material and many stayed after the presentation with additional questions and comments.  They wanted to know things like, “where can I find someone in my area that practices PT like this?” and “how can I help local rehab professionals in my area get the needed training to evaluate patients like this?”. It turned out to be a great experience that had implications across many different disciplines and certainly put PRI in a favorable light in terms of being viewed as a specialized solution for evaluation and treatment of chronic difficult misunderstood cases.”

Posted March 22, 2009 at 2:11PM
Categories: Clinicians

Our first annual Interdisciplinary Integration course is fast approaching!  The course is scheduled to begin next week, Thursday March 26th, and conclude on Sunday March 29th.  Between now and the start of the course we will be busy here at PRI placing thefinal touches on the course material.  If you have already registered for this course, we look forward to seeing you!  If you are not registered and are interested in attending, please contact us

Posted March 16, 2009 at 2:12PM
Categories: Courses

Please join us March 28th for Postural Restoration - A One Day Clinical Course.  If you have taken Myokinematic Restoration or Postural Respiration and would like to spend a day learning how to clinically apply the PRI knowledge you have gained, this is the course for you!  Registration deadline is this Friday, March 13th.  Please contact us if you would like to register!

Posted March 10, 2009 at 2:14PM
Categories: Courses

Check out the latest article written by David Drummer, DPT on frontal plane movement and PRI.  This article was written for thePerformance Conditioning newsletter.  This is a great resource to give to individuals when trying to explain the importance of the frontal plane.  To access the article, click here!

Posted March 9, 2009 at 2:15PM
Categories: Articles

“In conclusion…

...the various skeleto-dental orthopedic classifications of the maxillo–mandibular relationship I, II and III are intimately related to body posture.”  This statement came out of an article published in LVI Visions magazine.  LVI Visions magazine is “a magazine by dentists for dentists”.  This article happened to be given to us by a local dentist.  To read this article, click here!

Posted March 3, 2009 at 2:19PM
Categories: Articles

January 22-25, 2009 was the date for the World Confederation Physical Therapy (WCPT), Asian Western Pacific region (AWP), and India Association Physiotherapy (IAP) meeting.  PRI’s very own Kyndy Boyle, MSPT, OCS, PRC and Sangini Rane, PT, PRCpresented a poster case study titled:  Postural Restoration Management of a Female with Right Pelvic Floor and Proximal Hamstring Pain.  The objective for this case study was to ”to describe unique therapeutic exercises (Postural Restoration) and the use of a Protonics Neuromuscular System® for a female soccer player with right sided pelvic floor and proximal hamstring pain”.  Congratulations Sangini and Kyndy!!

Posted March 3, 2009 at 2:17PM
Categories: Clinicians

I am so excited about the upcoming four day Interdisciplinary Integration course.  Heather Engelbert and I, will be talking about Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.  Position is key for these muscles to work as they were intended for organ support and sphincter control.  We have the asymmetrical pelvis broken down into left and right with relationships of the “adductor, hamstring and glute max” of the pelvic floor.  Exciting stuff! We have developed a hierarchy of treatment with PRI principles and new exercises to show you!  We will also discuss when it’s appropriate to refer to a pelvic floor specialist for an internal exam and integration with other health care professionals.  We hope to see you there!

Posted March 2, 2009 at 2:22PM
Categories: Courses

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