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Blog Posts in May 2015

"Extension Powered People: Managing Self-Efficacy Through Integration"

Our 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium on April 16-17, 2015 brought together eight speakers from six different disciplinary perspectives who shared their expertise and experience on working with people who are driven to exceed, excel and excite at the expense of overextending their psychological and physiological systems.  The speakers reflected on the behavior of “extension powered people” and discussed and demonstrated operational treatmenst and intervention concepts and guidelines to reduce self-induced “need” for autonomic force.

Click HERE to view a slideshow of the speakers.

Posted May 11, 2015 at 3:23PM
Categories: Courses

I had the opportunity to attend the PRI Integration for the Home class in Bismarck, ND on May 2-3 taught by James Anderson.  Given my current patient caseload of approximately 50% home health patients and the remaining 50% in an outpatient setting, it was an excellent and immediately applicable course with my patients.  The class itself is useful for both first-time PRI attendees and veteran students and PRC clinicians.  The course started with an updated and concise review of PRI principles in an easy to read, narrative form.  It is a well-written summary of the left AIC and right BC pattern, respiration, alternating gait, and neutrality.  James does a good job of clarifying many difficult topics and as usual, is engaging and entertaining.  The assessment section outlines several new tests that are easily performed with the geriatric population in a seated or sidelying position, identifying their ability to reciprocally rotate their ribcage and identifying the position of the pelvis and torso.  As many PRI clinicians know, it can be difficult to position our older patients to properly assess position with standard PRI tests.  The seated tests remove those obstacles, allowing the clinician to identify position and the ability of the patient to find and feel the variety of reference centers.  Included in the assessment portion of the class is an excellent summary of the influence of the left AIC pattern on the foot and ankle.  Among the new tests is the Seated Eversion with Hip Abduction Test, which is an assessment of the ankle strategies on one lower extremity compared with the other.  The class then included specific non-manual techniques used to address alternating reciprocal movements, restoration of ZOA, and activities to restore left and right leg function to improve bed mobility, transfers, balance, and gait function.  The class manual includes over 80 pages of new and updated exercises for the geriatric population in numerous positions with simplified instructions using a geriatric model.  Overall, this was a great class for clinicians working with patients of any age.  While the class is targeted towards the senior population, the techniques are applicable to all patients.  The clear benefit is the modification of some exercises to improve ease for the patients.  I highly recommend this course for all clinicians who are passionate about the PRI science.       

The PRI Board of Director's are excited to announce that Certified Athletic Therapists, certified through the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) are now eligible to apply for the Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) credentialing program. For those who may not be familiar with Certified Athletic Therapists in Canada, their education and training is very similar to Certified Athletic Trainers in the United States, who are certified through the Board of Certification. In fact, they have a Mutual Recognition Aggreement between these two organizations. With the growing interest of Postural Restoration in Canada, we look forward to having Certified Athletic Therapists join the growing list of PRT professionals!

If you are a Certified Athletic Therapist, and would like to learn more about the PRT credentialing program, click here or email me!

Posted May 6, 2015 at 4:29PM

Jason Masek, ATC, CSCS, PT, PRC spoke at the 2015 NCSA Coaches Conference January 9 in Louisville, KY. He spoke about how posture begins with proper rib cage position, which leads to better breathing and ultimately, better athletic performance. He emphasized how the postural position that you start in will affect the position that you end in. Hyperinflation and how to manage athletes with this problem was also discussed. Watch the video HERE.

Kane Sivesind and the staff at CORE Health & Fitness were great hosts for a great weekend in Madison. Jeanna Viramontes - MPT, PRC joined me in presenting PRI’s flagship course, Postural Respiration. I hadn’t taught with Jeanna prior to this weekend, and she did a great job sharing her expertise and answering questions for the course attendees. Thank you for your very capable assistance. And also thank you to a Jimmy McCurry from Progressive Performance in Woodinville, Washington for taking all the extra time before and after the course to educate me further on the fitness and performance industry and to answer my questions about heart rate variability. Your insights were great.

As a group, we worked to keep our focus on two or three key themes throughout the weekend. First, it was made clear that balanced rib movement in all three planes is the key to unlocking the power of the respiration system. Second, we discussed the role the respiratory system played in unlocking the obviously powerful and always relevant nervous system. And then we discussed the mechanisms used to have the nervous system unlock movement for the musculoskeletal system. Ribs, Breathing, Brain, Movement. #TweetThat.

Posted May 1, 2015 at 11:14AM
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