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Blog Posts in July 2008

Weekly, we receive phone calls from patients or healthcare professionals in search of a PRI trained provider. As a result we’ve long offered a listing of those PRI trained health professionals on our website. Our National Network page lists those who have attended 2 or more courses sponsored by PRI and instructed by PRI faculty. This list is a great resource that guides individuals all over the country to a health professional with PRI experience. Along with directing patient care, it also provides exposure to your clinic by linking directly to your website. If you are PRI trained and do not find your name on our National Network or if you would like to learn more about this great opportunity, please contact us!

Posted July 31, 2008 at 9:46AM
Categories: Clinicians

These last few weeks have been filled with discussion on shoes. Now that you’ve been guided on which shoe to buy, let’s put them into use. Alternating Gait Recommendations is a handout found on PRI’s website educating patient’s on appropriate gait sequence complimenting a Right AIC pattern. This handout is a great way to incorporate PRI activity into an upright dynamic program! To access this handout, please click here!

Posted July 30, 2008 at 9:52AM
Categories: Techniques

Our 1st Annual Interdisciplinary Integration course is scheduled for March 26-29, 2009 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Guest speakers will cover topics including: dentistry, vision & vestibular integration, podiatry and footwear, and pelvic floor dysfunction. Daily registration will be available or attend all 4 days! No pre-requisite course attendance applies. More details to come but mark your calendars now!

Posted July 29, 2008 at 9:55AM
Categories: Courses

Vertical Facial Dimensions Linked to Abnormal Foot Motion, by Brian A. Rothbart, is the latest article being referenced in our Impingement and Instability course. Three studies were conducted determining the relationship between abnormal foot pronation, hip position and vertical facial dimensions. Although the three null hypotheses were rejected, the conclusion of the article is very interesting as it discusses how foot pronation affects the position of the innominate, temporal bones, sphenoid and maxilla. To access the article, please click here or contact us!

Posted July 28, 2008 at 9:57AM

We were thrilled to receive notification yesterday that Ron Hruska will be presenting at this year’sTexas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) 2008 Mountain Central Conference. The conference will be held November 21-23, 2008 at the Renaissance Austin. TOTA’s Mountain Central Conference is the annual educational conference of the association. Ron will present Postural Respiration - Integrated Treatment of Patterned Thoraco-Abdominal Pathomechanics. For more information, go here!

Posted July 25, 2008 at 10:35AM
Categories: Courses

Although we have created several techniques designed to maintain a zone of apposition (ZOA), there are instances when these standard techniques may need to be modified or individualized to a specific patient.  This was the case with a patient recently seen by Postural Restoration Certified Physical Therapist, Lori Thomsen.  After several attempts with balloons, wall reaches and left abdominal integration the patient was unable to maintain a ZOA. Lori used Postural Restoration principles to create this new technique to help her patient achieve a ZOA with integrated glute max activity.  This is one of many examples of Postural Restoration therapists thinking outside the box!

Posted July 24, 2008 at 10:39AM
Categories: Articles

Over the last few years we have been fortunate to develop a strong relationship with Paul Coffin, DPM. His monthly visits to the Hruska Clinic have provided us a great avenue to learn about him, his practice and his amazing knowledge of the foot. As time goes on, we are getting better at determining when PRI activity will succeed without Dr. Coffin’s expertise and when a referral to him is necessary. Last night when I got home from work I was greeted with the warmest welcome I have ever received from my adorable dog, Miles. As I sat my things down and began to walk to the bedroom, his habitual behavior of following my every step ceased.Ignoring this bizarre behavior I continued my path to the bedroom. Once I opened the door, I realized why my shadow had chosen to stay 10 paces behind me. Although my experience with orthotic referrals is elementary, I am fairly confident that he will not be able to help me?

Posted July 23, 2008 at 10:41AM
Categories: Clinicians

Lori Thomsen, PRC has given several community talks around Lincoln, Nebraska. One popular topic of interest is office ergonomics. In the world of Physical Therapy, office ergonomics, is a trendy topic covered by many clinics and organizations. Here at PRI, we have taken your typical office recommendations and applied PRI related concepts to them. Along with a list providing you with the top ten recommendations, there is also a coordinating image. To access the Top Ten Office Recommendations, please click here!

Posted July 22, 2008 at 10:43AM
Categories: Techniques

While working with a patient who lacked right glute max activity in a standing right AF ER position, we came up with a new activity. This new activity not only places the patient in standing right AF ER, activating the right glute max, it also provides resisted right FA ER. This is a great activity to promote left AF IR with concomitant right AF ER / FA ER activity. To access the complete exercise, please click here!

Posted July 21, 2008 at 11:47AM
Categories: Techniques

Providing patient care is not only a learning experience for the patient but also for the therapist. Each patient has taught a lesson, sent a message and left an imprint that has helped develop our approach to treatment. This week Ron Hruska was working with a patient who had seen another therapist at theHruska Clinic prior to this visit. She mentioned that a specific cue from Lori Thomsen made all the difference in her ability to breathe into her right chest. Lori asked her to “breathe into the heel of my right hand” during an Infraclavicular Pump and Subclavius technique. Ron brought a couple of us into the treatment room to feel the upper right ribs externally rotate upon inhalation using this particular cue. The next time you perform these PRI Manual Techniques consider using this instruction to maximize your patient’s ability to achieve right apical expansion. Contact us to share your own patient-directed discoveries!

Posted July 18, 2008 at 11:49AM
Categories: Techniques
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