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Blog Posts in June 2009

Take a look at the most recent picture we have taken of a classic Right TMCC pattern!  Do you see what we see?

  • Fullness and bulging of the right lateral face (zygoma region) secondary to increase of frontozygomatic angle.
  • Right temporal indentation compared to the left (right temporal internal rotation, left temporal external rotation)
  • Forward, opened, wider, larger right orbit
  • More visible left flared ear
  • Larger and more opened right nostril (especially seen with right torsion)
  • Increased distance between side of face and lateral ocular angle on the right side
  • Elevated right eyebrow

If you are interested to learn more about this, register for a Cervical Cranio Mandibular Restoration course here!

Posted June 29, 2009 at 2:48PM
Categories: Science

We have set the date for the Interdisciplinary Integration course in 2010!  The course will be held Wednesday, April 14 - Saturday, April 17!  All four days will be full of new and exciting information related to feet, dentistry, vision and our new topic….REST!  The entire 4th day will be covering rest and sleep integration as it relates to PRI!  Plan ahead for this course…you don’t want to miss it!  You can register for all four days or each individual day by clicking here!

Posted June 24, 2009 at 2:54PM
Categories: Courses

We recently received this question:
Why are so many of the PRI exercises isometric, rather than using the more typical type of PT exercise that uses movement against resistance?

Here is our response:
PRI non-manual techniques are organized by muscle, position and suggested sequence of progressive application.  Therefore, each technique precedes a technique that requires increased neuromotor integration, increased inhibitory activity from compensatory patterned muscle, and an increase in multilevel tri-planar positional organization.  In order to carry this type of function out, the patient needs to “find” and “feel” isometrically a specific muscle in a specific position to learn a behavioral pattern or strategy with this isolated muscle engaging into an integrated “family” of muscle, without dropping off because of position or sequence of movement events.  Many of the more integrated techniques do incorporate “movement against resistance” while the early techniques in each position on initiation, are isolated to inhibit undesirable compensatory activity and identified by the patient for later integration neuromuscular non-compensatory function.  Without awareness of this identified and isometric trained muscle, higher levels of neuromotor demands could reduce the needed concomitant activity of this muscle. 

Posted June 23, 2009 at 2:56PM
Categories: Techniques

If you have always wanted to explore Syracuse, New is your chance!  Ron Hruska will be in Syracuse on July 25-26 teaching Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration.  Make a vacation out of it by attending a course while also enjoying the City of Syracuse!  This will be your last opportunity to take the Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration course this summer because it’s FULL in August.  This may also be one of the last opportunities for you to take this course before certification in December!  If you register by June 24th...we will waive the late registration fee!  To register, click here!

Posted June 19, 2009 at 2:59PM
Categories: Courses

Protonics Neuromuscular Systems are now available for direct purchase by physical therapy clinics for use within their clinic as part of their in-clinic treatment programs.  In addition, since the Systems are now owned by the clinic, the clinic can, if they so desire, send the Systems home with their patients as part of a home-use program.  To read more about this, click here!

Posted June 18, 2009 at 3:01PM
Categories: Products

Recently Karen Jiran, MPT, PRC taught at our one day clinical course in Crookston, Minnesota.  Karen filled us in on how the course went:

“I had a great time up in Crookston, MN!  The group was really excited and asked great questions!

  • First, we reviewed the mechanics of footwear and how correct placement of scaphoid pads can help move a patient out of a Left AIC pattern.  There was a problem with understanding the need to support the right arch and yet allow the right great toe to contact the ground to assist with weight shift to the left.
  • Second, we hit the ZOA.  We went over what the ZOA is and how we functionally need to ensure the ZOA is supported in all three planes with each integrated exercise.
  • We reviewed and performed exercises to help understand where mistakes can easily be made.
  • We discussed clues to looking at hip lift scores and when a person really is a 3 or 4 by assessing true trunk abduction.  Just because a person can lift doesn’t mean they are a true 3 to 4.  I expect to see trunk abduction as a part of the movement.  I encouraged them to be picky when evaluating the test!
  • We also reviewed progressing with right vs. left lower trap exercises and to be careful with Right Superior T4 patients.”

Here is what an attendee had to say about it:

  • “This was an open conversation course!  This was extremely helpful to address individual questions.  The small group was conducive to understanding the deeper theories.”

If you would like to learn more about our one day clinical course opportunities, contact us!

Posted June 16, 2009 at 3:05PM
Categories: Courses

Can you achieve a Level 5 Functional Squat grade while also keeping your low traps engaged?  Learn more about this new activity in our Impingement and Instability course!  Our next course will be in August right here at PRI!  To register, click here!

Posted June 16, 2009 at 3:03PM
Categories: Techniques

The Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration course in Woodbury, Minnesota, August 8-9 is full!

Posted June 11, 2009 at 3:08PM
Categories: Courses

Check out this video that Mike Cantrell, MPT, PRC did for a TV show that he does weekly called “It Starts With the Heart”.  Mike’s fitness tip of the week was on increasing HG IR without ever stretching your shoulder!  To watch the video, click here!

Posted June 10, 2009 at 3:10PM
Categories: Videos

While traveling, we came across an article written in the Scientific American Mind.  The article is about the “hidden complexities behind the simple act of kissing, which relays powerful messages to your brain, body and partner”.  The first half of the article is interesting but it’s the last section of the article on “Lopsided Love” that caught our attention!  To read the entire article click here!

Posted June 9, 2009 at 3:15PM
Categories: Articles
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