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Blog Posts in July 2010

What are you seeing when you run? Your vision & vestibular system might be influencing more than you think.  Watch Lori Thomsen’s latest video on runners and vision HERE!

Posted July 29, 2010 at 9:04AM
Categories: Videos Athletics

We received a great article from Doug Gregory, Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Vision Aquatics, on the benefits of aquatic therapy.  We know several clinics who offer aquatic therapy and other clinics who are considering entering into aquatics.  This is a great article that speaks of the positive outcomes of therapy in water.  Check it out HERE!

Posted July 28, 2010 at 9:06AM
Categories: Articles

I wanted to share a very cool story about a patient I just recently saw…

A 65 year old female comes in and sees me with a complaint of right-sided lateral and medial elbow pain. She has a 3-4 year history of symptoms. Patient has received 4 cortisone injections with min-mod relief (symptomatic relief has decreased with each injection). Patient has had PT at 2 different locations with no success.  During PRI exam, she is identified as a PEC. She is repositioned during PT session and is sent home with Paraspinal Release program 2x/day. Comes in 7 days later and hasn’t held her correction. She corrects with a Superior T4 manual technique and continues Paraspinal Release program. I also placed a medial longitudinal arch pad in her right shoe in an attempt to hold her correction. Comes in 10 days later and has not held her correction. On her third visit, I use a tongue depressor on her left molars and re-check her PRI tests (HG IR, passive HG flexion, Adduction Drop, Extension Drop) and it does nothing. So, I ask the patient when the last time was that she had an eye exam (she wears glasses – and I used to make glasses to help pay my way through PT school, so, I can tell that she has a pretty strong prescription). She says she has been due to get her eyes checked. I explain that I believe she has something going on with her eyes and that is causing her inability to hold her corrected posture. I ask her to see an eye specialist and I send a note to that specialist explaining my findings. The patient calls me after her visit and is crying. She has cataracts in both eyes and needs emergency surgery!!! She would have never have found out if it wasn’t for me. And, I would’ve never checked if it wasn’t for PRI…a home run all the way around.

-Mike Dixey, PT, Cert MDT, CSCS

Posted July 27, 2010 at 9:07AM
Categories: Patients

We recently received this hand crafted gift from a friend of ours, Josh Olinick.  Josh is not only a great clinician, he is also a talented craftsman.  This piece of art fits beautifully into our conference room.  We are so proud of this piece of art and thankful to have met such a wonderful, talented individual.  Josh has made PRI Wall Art available for purchase.  You, too can have a piece of art that represents your practice!  If you are interested in finding out more information, you can contact Josh Olinick by email HERE!

Posted July 20, 2010 at 9:11AM
Categories: Products

In light of the fact that we will not be having the October 22-23 course for teams of therapists and dentists my thought is to form a study club. I believe it would be an excellent format for dentists to increase their knowledge of what we do as a team. For more information or to join the study group, please email me. Please be sure to type “PRI Dental Study Club” in the subject line of your email.

Thanks, 
Dr. Mike Hoefs

Posted July 19, 2010 at 9:13AM
Categories: Courses

Our latest interview features Michael Cantrell, MPT, PRC.  Currently, Mike is one of the instructor’s for the Myokinematic Restoration course.  Next year he will also be instructing Postural Respiration.  If you’ve had the opportunity to be taught by Mike, you’ve experienced the fun, energetic personality that Mike brings to the course.  We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful speaker!  Read more about Mike HERE!

Posted July 13, 2010 at 9:16AM
Categories: Clinicians

We received a question about treating Superior T4 syndrome using the gluteus medius.  James Anderson, MPT, PRC did a great job explaining the rationale behind this:

When I took the Myokinematic Restoration class you said to email you about some information on Superior T4 syndrome.  You mentioned working your glute med’s for Superior T4’s.

Please read a handout I put together on Superior T4 syndrome.  Click HERE!

The reason I said the glute medius was such a big deal with the T4 patients is because of all the things that must be in place in order for the glute medius to be properly felt during single leg stance.  In other words, the Adductor Pull Back must have been well coordinated with proper breathing to clear out the right BC while it approximated the left femur up into the acetabulum.  In fact, your Adductor Pull Back should have restored full right HG IR to ensure that the left ZOA has been restored and the right BC has been inhibited.  The deliberate left hip approximation is a precursor for left posterior hip capsule stretching, which is often needed prior to the glute medius being able to properly work when doing single leg left AF and FA IR training.  Also of note, if the right thigh does not stay positioned ahead of the left thigh during single leg left AF IR training (like the Retro Stairs), then you are probably not maintaining the needed left AF IR state to keep the left glute medius active during single leg stance training.

I hope this helps clarify what I said about the glute medius.  And I hope the T4 document is helpful as well.  But remember, if the left hip does not do all of the above described items, your left hip comes out of place and the base of your spine will orient towards the right (something you’ll struggle to overcome with just upper half exercises).

-James Anderson, MPT, PRC

Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:19AM
Categories: Techniques Articles

Postural Restoration Certified Therapist, Jeanna Viramontes, was recently featured in the newsletter of Health Centered Dentistry. Jeanna and Dr. Laughlin exemplify a successful model for Interdisciplinary Integration. Click here to read Jeanna’s interview on the second page of the ”The Whole Tooth”!

Posted July 7, 2010 at 9:30AM
Categories: Clinicians

We recently had a course attendee ask some great questions following the Myokinematic Restoration course.  Please check out Recent Emails to see the questions and answers!

Posted July 1, 2010 at 9:32AM
Categories: Science

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