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Blog Posts in June 2015

For those of you who haven't heard, PRI is expanding, and ground breaking for the new PRI Headquarters building took place today, with anticipated completion in early 2016! The building will be just across the parking lot from the current location. In addition to a larger office space, we will also be able to hold up to 120 people in our new, state of the art course space! Here are some ground breaking photos, along with the architectural drawing for the building design. I look forward to sharing more photos as progress continues!

Posted June 29, 2015 at 3:45PM

Read more on my latest blog #movingbeyondsight

Posted June 22, 2015 at 6:22PM

PRI Integration for the Home (Seattle Wash). Thank you Betsy Baker-Bold, PT, PRC and Olympic Physical Therapy for hosting another great course in the Pacific Northwest. We had a great weekend outlining testing and treatments for the patient who doesn't get out to the gym, but who spends the majority of their time at home in their recliner. 

Physical therapists and occupational therapists alike who work with geriatrics and chronic pain patients in a wide variety of settings were in attendance. In fact, there were a number of clinicians present who don't do home health at all, but wanted to glean as many ideas as they could for patients who do not tolerate traditional PRI positions and activities. It was refreshing for them to be able to test for movement and gait sequence in real-life positions like a kitchen chair, and even a recliner. 

We concluded that the Supine Hooklying ZOA with Alternating Trunk Rotation exercise was a powerful integrated activity that has application in many other settings beyond just home health. The Supported Left Stance in Left AFIR from the Left AIC Pattern exercise was also identified as a tri-planer movement facilitator to enhance things like gait, balance, transfers and  even bed mobility. Had a great time with functional integration of the material and with identifying asymmetrical functional routines. Thanks everyone for your great ideas. 

Posted June 18, 2015 at 1:25PM
Categories: Courses

This past weekend, Professional hockey was formally introduced to PRI. Over the years, some ATC's, Strength Coaches, and PT's in hockey have found PRI and begun to successfully employ the techniques with their athletes. But, now at the behest of PHATS (Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society) and SPHEM (Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers), PRI was invited to their annual conference and I formally presented the entry level course, Myokinematic Restoration. The group consisted of 64 Athetlic Trainers and Strength coaches who learned about asymmetries, establishing neutrality, and trouble-shooting some difficult case studies. A big thank you to my two lab assistants, Kentaro Ishii and Kevin Neeld! By the end of the course, smiles and handshakes abounded and I was told to plan on returning next year to teach Postural Respiration. I was honored to work with such a fine group of professionals, and I won't soon forget my time in San Antonio, Texas!!!

Posted June 18, 2015 at 9:53AM
Categories: Athletics Courses

Are you attending the 66th Annual National Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in St. Louis next week? If so there are two PRCs presenting at the convention, Dan Houglum will be presenting on Wednesday June 24 from 8:45am-9:45am on “Asymmetrical Posture and Common Related Pain Syndromes”. Jennifer Platt will be presenting at 10:45am-11:45am  on “The Influence of Pelvis Position on Hamstring Strain Injuries: to Stretch or to Strengthen?”

Also, be sure to stop by the PRI Booth in the expo hall  (booth #731). We will be giving away prizes along with a  coupon card that can be used for 10% off of a primary course!

Early summer in and around Missoula and the University of Montana maybe one of the prettiest places on earth. Having grown up in Montana, I always welcome the opportunity to come back to this refreshing place. The Postural Respiration course was competing with two beautiful sunshine days and in the end the attendees were glad they stayed inside. A big thanks to Kevin Vogelzang and the relationship he has been developing with the university athletic department to help get this course scheduled. 

We had a great weekend and I enjoyed the opportunity to team up with Skip George to teach this powerful introductory course. He presented most of the material on the second day and did so with confidence and flare. I'm proud of all the work he has put in during his mentoring process with Mike Cantrell and I to become both a capable and fun instructor for the Institute. Here are a are some thoughts from Skip on the weekend, “Students were engaged, curious and energetic with questions, quips and participation as James Anderson provided one of the best ever Postural Respiration courses!”

I'm excited for the future roles Skip will play in this institute and the things we will learn together. Great job Dr. George!

Posted June 12, 2015 at 8:34AM
Categories: Courses

Looking for a Full-Time Physical Therapist that can evaluate and treat orthopedic and neurologic impairments. Should have good postural and functional movement assessment skills and can apply manual, neuromuscular reeducation, and dynamic/function therapeutic exercises to meet each individual's needs/goals. Physical Therapist will work one on one with patients for 55 minutes with a flexible work schedule. 
Our mission is to provide members of our community with one-on-one care. We are dedicated to improving personal health and wellness by spending more time with our patients and empowering them through education. We listen carefully to our patients' individual needs and, as your primary physical healthcare providers, address them with the most current and effective treatment in a collaborative, authentic environment.
Please contact us with inquiries along with resume.

Posted June 11, 2015 at 5:32PM

It was great to meet everybody once again in Boston this past weekend, where Jennifer Poulin delivered a powerful course. Observing future PRI practitioners in the USA and in Poland, I have come to the conclusion it is very difficult for all of us to switch to analyzing our clients from a MOTION perspective, instead of ACTION or FUNCTION. For example, when performing the Adduction Drop Test, most of us think about the best, purest FA extension followed by femoral adduction. We as clinicians should place much more emphasis on understanding what are we testing, and why this particular test is performed in certain position? Staying specific to the example above, we are assessing AIC, meaning neuro-muscular action of flexion, abduction and external rotation of lower extremity on a stabilized trunk. Through this movement, we are testing if AIC action can be alternate with reciprocal movement of extension followed by adduction of femur on the stabilized socket. We have to isolate the testing position the best way by using one's body and surface on which person is lying. Be aware of both the client and your own position in space. This will allow you to obtain the best proprioceptive feedback without using excessive physical force and undesirable increase in client's neuro-muscular tone. If applied correctly, your testing will become true and repeatable!

Posted June 11, 2015 at 2:22PM
Categories: Clinicians Courses

This past weekend I had the pleasure of teaching Pelvis Restoration to a large diverse group of clinicians at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.  I had two great lab assistants Donna Behr and Michal Niedzielski.  The staff of Northeastern did a great job hosting this large group of clinicians.  51 in total!  18 of those were taking their first PRI class and I applaud all of the attendees as the Pelvis course is a highly integrated Intro course.  We jumped down deep into "the rabbit hole" of Pelvis restoration and peered down a few others.  These clinicians really grasped the concepts of planar specificity of the Obturator Internus as it relates to the Pelvic Diaphram in the Frontal plane vs. the Sagittal and Transverse plane in Myokinematics.  I certainly enjoyed my time in Boston.  Donna personally took great care of me and we enjoyed a moment of Parasympathetics after Saturday to stop and smell the roses! 

I look forward to taking the summer off from teaching to enjoy my friends and family!  Until we meet again PRINation, remember to keep #lifeinbalance!

Posted June 8, 2015 at 11:59AM
Categories: Courses

Julie Blandin was recently interviewed for our Featured Interview section, and in this interview she talks about her career path and professional development and how she got involved in PRI. She also discusses a couple teasers for a new course that will be hosted for the fist time in 2015,  PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement. Click  HERE to read the full interview.

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