Our last Postural-Visual Integration Course was given a few weeks ago in Bethesda. The therapists at Point Performance were great hosts and we are sincerely appreciative of their enthusiasm for bringing Ron and I there. Despite the crazy weather, which included snow and some heavy ice that made travelling interesting (and gave this not-so-graceful speaker a huge bruise on her only “good” hip!), the group was excited and engaging, which made the weekend extremely enjoyable for the both of us. Eating food I can’t get in Nebraska is always a bonus for me when I travel, and some amazing crab and oysters did not disappoint!
This was the first time we gave the course after some heavy revision work. The concept of what vision does for the postural system hasn’t changed. What we really tried to convey is what components of the visual process impact posture during key phases of gait. To accomplish this, there were some intense, heated discussions between Ron and myself! Ironically, I wanted gait brought into it, and struggled taking more “PRI” words out of it, while Ron pushed us to “visualize” it more. But since we are the geeks that we are, we can say it was a labor of love for both of us, and we have never felt better about what we are teaching and the clinical applications! It seems the attendees agreed based on the feedback we’ve received, from both first-timers and repeaters, which assured us all the hours had been worth it!
I have to pause and also say a HUGE THANK YOU to Stacy, our “everything” person in PRI Vision! She spent hours upon hours at the computer formatting the manual as we wrote and re-wrote, then completed an entirely new power point to go with the finished product. The word “formatting” is now on the list of dirty words in our office…..those of you who have ever made an extensive power point know what I am talking about! But we could not have done it without her, so if you saw it and enjoyed it, make sure to thank her.
With all of this recent work to “visualize” the gait cycle, all my initial thoughts I’d had months ago about my talk at Interdisciplinary Integration had been a bit scattered until this week. A few discussions with Ron and about 12 hours in one day spent researching narrowed my focus. I wanted to ensure this wasn’t just another talk about peripheral vision. Don’t misunderstand me; using peripheral vision and flow is extremely powerful, as discussed in the P-V Integration course, and it will be an important part of my talk. But if you are catching my references to the focused, narrowed, self-driven attention that is behaviorally tied to vision for many extension-powered patients, then you now know where I am headed for this symposium. I will show how visual behavior is linked to, caused by, and perpetuates their self-efficacy through neurotransmitter activity in areas of the brain that control attention, which is largely visual in nature.
And of course, we’ll discuss what to do, and what not to do, about it to help your patients maximize their potential without sacrificing their ability to rest and breathe. You know, Postural Restoration 101.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!