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Blog Posts in April 2016

Team sports chiropractor for the Seattle Seahawks, Dr. Jim Kurtz, provided his facility, NW Sports Rehab for Postural Respiration last weekend located in Federal Way, WA. It was a class with more than half new attendees to PRI and a great mix of PT’s, DC’s, ATC’s and strength and conditioning professionals. Increasingly there is an interdisciplinary mix of different professions which brings a variety of perspectives and energy!

Posted April 28, 2016 at 8:45PM

Earlier this month, we hosted 90+ professionals from all around the world for our 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium. We were so excited to show off YOUR new PRI Headquarters building. Day one started off with Rachel Loveless, Au.D., CCC-A, who gave us a great knowledge base to build off of for the next two days off. After that Jennifer Bullock, PT, OCS, PRC shared a personal story with her and her children’s experience with Auditory Processing Disorder with great treatment recommendations. Valerie Dejean, OT gave her first talk about A.A. Tomatis and her experience in France learning from the otolaryngologist and some of the reasons that the Tomatis Method has had an incredible impact on her practice. Heidi Wise led off with how the ear determines where sound is coming from and how the visual and auditory processes are related. Our first day concluded with Rhonda Musak, a NYC based actress with her performance “Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in her Brain” where she documented the struggles that she was going through before being treated by Valerie Dejean and the Tomatis Method. It was an amazing experience, and we were so luck to have found Rhonda (thorough Valerie Dejean).

Day two started off with Valerie building off her first talk and she talked about how to build a mind, the development of language and how learning and consciousness are intertwined, she also led the room in a chanting exercise. Ron Hruska talked next on Hyperacusis, Tinnitus and Misophonia, where he described that many patients who have tinnitus naturally habituate to it which is one of the reasons it can be so difficult to treat. In Ron and Heidi’s next talk; Rhythm, Resonance and Reverberation, they talked about how your body has its own vibration down to a cellular level and how rhythm helps us to breathe, effortlessly walk and rotate a rib cage. Matthew Uohara, CSCS, PRT talked about how to use sound to maximize performance, and he talked about how when he is coaching he will use specific words, consonants or vowels or the client’s name at different distances depending on what training response he is going for. Ron and Heidi finished the day with teaching the class how to correctly establish resonance usuing a kazoo and a couple of take home apps, techniques and music recommendations that they can use with their patients or clients. It was an incredible two days. We can't wait for next year! Yes, that's right.....we are hoping to do a PART II on this symposium in 2017 with the same line up as this year, so stay tuned for more details! This will be in addition to our 9th Annual Interdisciplinay Integration Symposium next April, which will have a new topic of interest that will be released in the next few months!

*Unfortunately with all the hub-bub going on with hosting for the first time in our new headquarters, we didn't get nearly as many pictures as we had hoped for, so these are just a few. We promise to get more next year!

Posted April 26, 2016 at 2:25PM
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After our 2016 Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium we had a couple people who wanted to purchase kazoos that they used to establish resonance after Ron and Heidi's talk. You can now order them on our matierals page.

Posted April 22, 2016 at 3:06PM

Tom Tardif, DPT and Summit Orthopedics were great hosts for the introductory course, Postural Respiration. Minneapolis has long been a hotbed for PRI training and PRI activity and it was good to be back in the friendly confines of such good people doing what we do. There were a lot of first time attendees, which reminded me of the early years of PRI training, when so many good relationships were nurtured in this area. And a big thank you to Stephanie Kinsella, DPT, PRC for being an excellent lab assistant throughout the course. 

We talked about the airflow pattern and rib cage mechanics one sees when the thorax moves into a patterned hyperinflated state of inhalation and the influence this type of extended thoracic posturing has on the pelvis, the abdominal wall and resting scapular position. The externally rotated rib posture tends to elevate the thorax and move it forward, as the front of the elevated rib cage expands upward and outward and the back of the rib cage closes down and becomes restricted. This faulty position of the anterior rib cage lengthens the abdominal wall, changes the shape of the normally domed diaphragm and moves the diaphragm forward outside the pillar of core stability. We talked about how the restoration of this rib cage and diaphragm alignment, a concept called obtaining a Zone of Apposition, is not only powerful biomechanically, but is especially powerful neurologically. 

We illustrated the frontal plane and transverse plane differences of the lower trap on the right vs the lower trap on the left, as well as discussing its sagittal plane influence on the above mentioned pillar of core stability. We illustrated the sagittal, frontal and transverse plane differences of the Serratus Anterior on the right vs the Serratus Anterior on the left. We were also able to break down the many important thorax performance functions of the Serratus Anterior, like addressing compensatory neck tone on the right, the ability to translate a deflated rib cage posteriorly on the left side, the ability to translate a rib cage laterally from right to left (right Serratus Anterior), and the ability to activate the abdominal wall in the frontal and transverse planes on the left (left Serratus Anterior and left Low Trap) and in the sagittal plane on the left (left Serratus Anterior).

We had lots of “ah ha” moments during both the testing component of the hands on lab and also the treatment component, where we performed our manual rib cage restoration techniques. Stephanie Kinsella, DPT, PRC was invaluable as we worked through the details of these manual techniques. The right BC treatment guidelines sheet was our friend throughout the second day as we worked together to get our heads around what to do clinically to address these rib cage patterns. A great group with a great attitude for learning new and different things made for a great weekend indeed.

Posted April 22, 2016 at 10:07AM

We are now offering home studies online! Below will outline some of the things that are changing and the things that will be staying the same.

Whats changing:

  • Price: Online:$400 DVDs: $415 plus shipping
  • Manual: Online: Downloadable and Printable DVDs: Course manual will be shipped to you
  • Test: Online: You will fill out your test online and we will grade it and if you miss 8 or fewer send you a certificate DVDs: Test will be sent back with DVDs if you miss 8 or fewer send you a certificate
  • Location: International: Online only Domestic: DVDs or online

Whats staying the same:

  • Time: You will still have 21 days to complete the material
  • Content: The content is not downloadable from DVDs or online

Full details are listed on the course home study page.

Posted April 19, 2016 at 1:44PM
Categories: Courses

Had a super weekend in San Francisco at the University of California, San Francisco teaching Myokinematic Restoration. The UCSF School of Medicine was a wonderful host all the way around and it was a pleasure to have Dan Houglum, MSPT, ATC/L, PRC and Carol Cahn, PT, PRC in attendance working as lab assistants. Thank you to Mark Yanai, PT, for coming all the way from Hawaii to get first hand experience with PRI, based on the recommendations of the shady character, Randy Fukuji. Thank you to Ray Gorman, DPT, for your thoughtful insights and comments throughout the course and for representing Northern Nevada, even though you don’t love my alma mater, UNLV as much as I do. And Tiffany Asp, DPT, you were also a great addition to the course, with your detailed questions and insights. You represented Stanford University very well.  And a big thank you to Kyle Hardwick, DC and LaMar Sheppard, for representing the Chiropractic profession. Its always a pleasure to learn with and learn from you guys. So many great attendees with so much to offer.

Started the weekend Friday night in Oakland at Oracle Arena watching the very hot Golden State Warriors play my longtime favorite, Boston Celtics. The Warriors were undefeated at home this year and this game should have been their 55th consecutive home win, but the scrappy green and white Celtics pulled off the upset. This set the stage for a Saturday PRI course built around coloring pelvic and hip muscle attachment sites and lots of emphasis on the very important “green” Obturator Internus. I’m always looking for a reason to wear my Larry Bird socks.

We discussed the three-dimensional control of the acetabulum over the femur and also the use of ligamentous muscle to stabilize pathologically lax hip joints.  We talked about what is required of the AF joint during different phases of the gait cycle on both sides of the body and related these requirements to what we test for with the Hruska Adduction Lift Test and the Hruska Abduction Lift Test. We also came to appreciate the muscles that oppose the left AIC pattern and the specific planes that are the most necessary for each one of the hip rotator muscles on both the right and left sides of the body.

It was so great to have such an enthusiastic and engaging class of attendees in this course. They are going to do great things with the science of PRI. All in all, it was a great weekend in the San Francisco Bay area. Basketball, Biomechanics and Ghirardelli Chocolate. How do you beat that?

Posted April 19, 2016 at 10:48AM
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I am really not sure where to begin this review!  Cue up the goose pimples!  I had the privilege of teaching this course for PRI this year.  AND… the week before my family joined me in London for the week.  We saw the sites, walked the walk and took lots of pictures.  After a fun week of vacation, I sent my family home and I took the train up to Leeds to meet up with England’s first PRC Martin Higgins.  I had a Brilliant time teaching Pelvis Restoration with Martins help as my able lab assistant.  We had several disciplines and countries covered. From England, Ireland, Germany and Switzerland, these clinicians were excited to learn all about PRI!  We explored the PRI patterns of the L AIC and PEC as it relates the Pelvic Inlet and Outlet musculature and human performance.  We even found a Naan at dinner that reminded us of the Anterior View of the Posterior Abdominal wall!   I personally have a new love of Cricket, Rugby, Afternoon Tea and eating dessert before dinner!  Thank-you Martin and his lovely wife Helen for helping all of us at PRI help you grow PRI in the UK. It was truly magic!  Until we meet again… Cheers!

Posted April 6, 2016 at 9:55AM
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Thank you Brittani and  EXOS for hosting Pelvis Restoration this past weekend in Frisco, TX.  Almost, half the class attendees were new to PRI!  They were excited about Postural Restoration and at least 8 of them told me they were going to another course this year and were getting other health care practitioners to come with them.  It is rewarding as a Faculty to have a class this excited about learning and not being complacent.  For those of you that have attended other PRI courses, Pelvis Restoration is about going into detail about tri-planer control of (L) AFIR and (R) AFER.  Inhibition of the correct inlet or outlet quadrant will allow for FAIR or FAER control, trunk rotation, ability to integrate floor grounding to allow the neck to “wobble.”  A huge shout out to Sayuri for you wonderful lab assistance this past weekend.

Posted April 5, 2016 at 1:10PM
Categories: Courses


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