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Blog Posts in July 2018

James and I were outside of Charlotte, NC this past weekend teaching PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement. We started the weekend highlighting rib mobility and breathing mechanics to empower abdominals and core organization. Then we broke down key components of the frontal plane to empower mechanical position around the pelvic-hip complex and integrate upper abs with lower abs. We planned out several different labs which isolated the various components in a systematic way so that attendees could feel relationships build off one another. PRI is such a gift to us all. By understanding the patterns at which position is lost, we can train muscles and optimize functional movement in a systematic way for motor learning. This approach truly is “functional fitness” as it preserves key mechanical relationships needed for biological well-being and performance. By learning how to train each side of the body independently and optimize frontal and sagittal relationships, we can improve how the brain regulates stability and mobility. This is so important for today’s culture of fitness! Our programming recommendations incorporate building and developing movement variability, with the initial stages establishing the fundamental breathing awareness, and then subsequent stages incorporating foundational principles to improve three dimensional core control, proximal stability, and independently limb function.

I absolutely love how this course brings together great minds and diverse backgrounds. We had yoga instructors, strength coaches, personal trainers and rehab specialists all learning and working with one another. We were fortunate to have two very seasoned and experienced PRC’s attend and provide great insight to encourage others:

From Jean Masse PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, PRC: "The PRI Fitness course is a great medium for shifting into highly useful and practical applications of what we often over complicate and get bogged down by. I really like the “dosing” idea and keeping programs moving even if they’re not perfect. I noticed almost every participant in the room was far different in their bodies and changes in how they looked at fitness. Over only two days that’s huge. Imagine over a month or year and also the effects on others they are interacting with. Tremendous good done here.”

From Kyndall Boyle, PT, PhD, OCS, PRC: "The PRI Fitness course definitely exceeded my expectations! I enjoyed witnessing the ongoing evolution of PR science in both the manual documents and in James and Julie’s teaching. I love the organization of preserving the sagittal then frontal and lastly transverse planes! Fine tuning my verbal cues with patients the next day after the course made an immediate and noticeable difference to them! Thanks for a great course and all the hard work and time that went in to preparing it!"

Thank you ladies for sharing your feedback!

Also special thanks to the Precision Fitness team and Pierre Ortiz for hosting and bringing this course to Cornelius, NC. Great facility and staff there doing great things for their community!

If you haven’t attended the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement course yet this year, sign up today! You won’t regret it! We have three PRI Fitness courses left for 2018! We will be outside of the LA area in Redondo Beach next month, followed by outside of Chicago in Northbrook in September, and finally we end the season in Philadelphia in October.

Lastly, if you know of a good facility to host this course in 2019 please email the institute directly as we are currently working to finalize the course schedule for next year!

Posted July 25, 2018 at 9:50AM
Categories: Courses

Dr. Heidi Wise is the featured speaker at this year's Middle Atlantic Congress of Optometry meeting titled "Finding Balance in Visually Asymmetric Demands: Neurological and Optical Constraints." Also presenting at the two day event in Pittsburgh, PA on October 20-21, 2018, are Dr. Paul Harris and Dr. Gregory Kitchener.

Dr. Wise will be discussing evaluation, therapy and lens applications for disturbances of the visual process from a neurological perspective. Dr. Paul Harris will discuss the relationship between posture and the visual process, and Dr. Gregory Kitchener will offer topics related to organizing observations in visual training, recognizing the visual process in action, and re-directing training activities to develop visual abilities more consistently.

If you are an optometrist, CLICK HERE for more information on how to register for this event.

 

Posted July 23, 2018 at 2:14PM
Categories: PRI Vision

Hey PRI People,

I am reaching out to the PRI community to inform all Dallas residents that I am starting a PRI peer mentor group. The intent is that we have monthly or bi-monthly in-person meetings to provide a quality opportunity for learning. If anyone is interested in joining the group, feel free to shoot me an email at john.hfap@gmail.com.

John Earls PT, DPT

Posted July 19, 2018 at 8:26PM

The Sunshine State, and its urban gem, Miami, was the destination for the latest Postural Respiration course. Where else does one listen to Cuban salsa performed live outside the local grocery store? Thank you Cyndi Becker, MS, LAT,ATC, Lauren Reynolds, ATC, and Rodrigo Martinez, DAT, LAT, ATC for hosting at Florida International University, and giving this speaker a respite from the heat and humidity of DC (yes – Miami is more pleasant than DC in mid-July!).

For the majority of the class, this course was their first exposure to the paradigm-shifting tenets of PRI, supported by knowledge of human anatomy and by scientific literature that spans many decades and disciplines. We evaluated models from both the power point and in the flesh for evidence of sub-optimal breathing patterns and postural influences: thoracic flat backs, loss of apical expansion, belly and neck breathing, paradoxical breathing, and hyperventilation. We correlated these findings to our objective tests and patient-client complaints.

Participants learned the value of establishing and maintaining a left diaphragm ZOA, without which movement quality suffers and the ability to recover sufficiently is unlikely. Our discussion on non-manual techniques included their value in positively changing movement behavior through manipulating the nervous system and shifting the locus of control onto the individual. This group developed solid competency in performing and interpreting PRI objective tests, manual rib techniques, and effective cueing of non-manual techniques. You are ready to go forth and practice in a way that will be forever different than you used to!

Everyone facilitated the learning through their questions and comments. A special thank you to our models and readers: Amy Brown, DPT; Erik Kilstrup, CSCS; Rene LeBlanc, MPT, OCS; Rodrigo Martinez DAT, LAT, ATC; Julian Rivera, DPT, ATC, CSCS; Edwin Santiago, CPT, CES, PES, CS; Joseph Vuksanovic, LMT; and David Young, CSCS. A heartfelt “thank you” goes out to Megan Bollinger, DPT, PRC, for her thoughtful comments and great energy in lab. All of you Floridians have a superb mentor in your midst who would love to help you on your PRI journey.

Posted July 19, 2018 at 9:16AM
Categories: Courses

Mercer University in Macon Georgia played host to the Postural Restoration Institute as I was there to teach one of my favorite classes: Impingement and Instability. Macon is about 90 miles south of Atlanta and was the home to the Allman Brothers Band, Little Richard, Otis Redding and a ton of other incredible and famous musicians and bands. Macon is in the heart of Dixie and Mercer is a phenomenal University with an outstanding Athletic Training and sports medicine department. Amos Mansfield ATC is the head athletic trainer at Mercer and he was our host. Amos did a fantastic job and he continues to work on his PRT status because he has seen what he is capable of doing with PRI science. We had 22 professionals in class and the course went very well. Many of the gang are also pursuing PRC or PRT status. I&I is a super fun class that takes a really deep dive into the neuro-mechanics of postural discord. It is a class that is advanced and fun to negotiate as it seems to morph into a different iteration each time it is taught. Kenny Ishii flew over from Japan and provided some valuable insight as he wrapped his head around the I&I concepts in preparation to teach this class in Japan in the coming years. Jason Robey was also on hand in the class and I always appreciate his input. Incidentally, Jason just defended his doctoral thesis and it’s all about PRI! Further, Mercer University and Amos Mansfield created a setting that was tailor made for learning. I am a little prejudiced since I do some work at Mercer and I am very proud to be affiliated with them. I hope that those of you who haven’t taken Impingement and Instability will consider it in the future. The secondary courses at PRI are so very valuable at putting the pieces from the primary courses together in a meaningful way. That’s how one of the course attendees put it in their summary! I look forward to seeing you soon in the next class!!

Posted July 18, 2018 at 1:21PM
Categories: Courses

The "Biggest Little City", Reno, NV at the University of Nevada, sponsored its first ever PRI course July 14-15 in the Nevada Physical Therapy Sports Medicine Complex. Attendees were not only local in number but traveled from Utah, Indiana, Washington State and Southern California to attend Postural Respiration. This weekend had a powerful combination of didactic class work balanced with lab every step of the way during the weekend. PRI concepts were discussed and demonstrated to bring experience to what assessment and treatment of tri-planer respiratory function looks and feels like when a person is "lateralized", "sagittalized" and then achieving neutrality with non-manual and manual techniques. One of the students who volunteered to be assessed and treated demonstrated to the class that some cases in clinic are more challenging than others. For example, non-manual techniques were not working to allow his femurs to adduct. He was a strongly patterned Superior T-4 with an athletic background. Then, manual techniques did not work including a two person infra-clavicular pump. A brief discussion on footwear, occlusion and vision followed with no progress on his femurs adducting or any other tests becoming neutral. After a break, a 90/90 hip lift with right arm reach and a balloon (without the stress of being a lab subject in front of the class and any performance pressure) provided immediate neutrality of his pelvis and improvement of BC testing. The big take away is to always stick with it and think outside the box of possibilities including a basic PRI non-manual technique that provided much needed inhibition to his neurologic/respiratory system. My mentor and friend James Anderson, P.T. said in my first PRI class, Postural Respiration, that your patients just want to relax! Sticking with your patients and not giving up plus practitioner and patient relaxing is a strong step towards effective clinical outcomes! Shout out to Jay Henke for doing all of the behind the scenes work to make this first ever PRI event at UNR! And shout out to all of the students for being such a solid class, helping each other out and adding this power tool to their clinical tool belt! The response from the locals at UNR is that they want more PRI courses to follow!

Posted July 18, 2018 at 9:34AM
Categories: Courses

Summer is nearly half over, which means Fall is quickly approaching, and PRC applications will be due soon! Reminder that the Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) credentialing program deadline is September 15th. The PRC credentialing program is limited to the first 30 applicants each year. Two copies of each application (including full text of the articles used in the article review portion) must be mailed to PRI, and received no later than September 15th to be considered for testing this December. Please be sure that all items on the PRC application checklist are submitted. Please note that the PRC application is updated each year, so please print the most up to date application. To print an application, CLICK HERE!

PRC testing is scheduled for December 10-11th (following the four day Advanced Integration course) in Lincoln, NE.

*International clinicians who are interested in applying should contact me ASAP, as additional educational information must be submitted by August 1st (extended from July 15th) for review and approval by the PRI Board of Directors to determine eligibility for the PRC credentialing program.

Are you planning to apply this year? If so, please let me know! Also, if you are preparing your application, and have any questions, please call or email me!

Posted July 16, 2018 at 9:14AM

We are excited to announce that Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS) fitness professionals are now eligible to apply for our Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) credentialing program. In addition to holding this certification through the NSCA, one must also have completed a Bachelor's degree or higher degree in order to apply for PRT credentialing.

According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Special Population Specialist's are defined as "fitness professionals who, using an individualized approach, assess, motivate, educate, and train special population clients, including those with chronic and temporary health conditions. Become a certified personal trainer, then pursue this advanced personal trainer certification. CSPS® individuals train clients with medical conditions such as metabolic disease, autoimmune disorders, cancer and cardiac arrest, and address the needs of prenatal and postpartum personal training clients."

The Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) credentialing program was established in 2011, as a way to recognize and identify individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute. Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) is a credential available to Athletic Trainers (with Certification through the BOC), Athletic Therapists (with Certification through the CATA), Strength and Conditioning Coaches (with CSCS Certification through the NSCA or SCCC Certification through the CSCCa), Certified Special Population Specialists (with Certification through the NSCA, and completion of a Bachelor's degree or higher degree), and Exercise Physiologists (Certified Exercise Physiologists, Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologists, and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists with Certification through the ACSM) who have attended PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRT Application and successfully participated in both clinical and analytical testing.

To learn more about the PRT credentialing program, CLICK HERE!

Posted July 10, 2018 at 2:37PM

Lori Thomsen and the staff at The Hruska Clinic have recently updated their shoe list for summer of 2018!  We have tried to provide more categories to assist finding proper footwear depending on the primary issues that you may be adressing with your patient.  We hope that his gives patients and practitioners better tools to assit their patients.  See the Hruska Clinic website to download the shoe list and see a video from Lori explaining what went into the changes this year!

Posted July 6, 2018 at 10:30AM

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