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Blog Posts in August 2011

The 2012 annual PRC conference has been scheduled!  The conference will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday April 21, 2012.  If you are a certified clinician and plan on attending this course, please contact Elizabeth McCulley!  Hope to see you there!

Posted August 26, 2011 at 4:35PM

We’re excited to be teaming up with Physiotherapy Associates! James Anderson will present Postural Respiration on October 15-16, 2011 at their location in Herndon, Virginia.

By attending this course you’ll gain an appreciation for the postural influences of rib torsion, asymmetrical oblique strength, inconsistent breathing patterns, habitual use of accessory respiratory musculature and a restricted diaphragm. Clinical assessment and management skills will be covered for treating diagnosis such as “fibromyalgia”, thoracic outlet syndrome and shoulder dysfunction. You’ll discover the value of having your patients and athletes blow up a balloon.

Register today!

Posted August 25, 2011 at 4:57PM
Categories: Courses

We are privileged to have been invited to present Myokinematic Restoration at the Alaska APTA Fall Conference on October 8-9, 2011.  James Anderson will be teaching the course at the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood, AK. Registration is NOW OPEN!

To read more about James Anderson’s clinical experience, CLICK HERE!

Posted August 22, 2011 at 8:02AM
Categories: Courses

If you are a member of the Journal of Cranio Mandibular Practice you have probably read the July issue titled “Multidisciplinary”.  This issue covers how crucial it is to integrate with other disciplines to achieve the most desirable outcome for the patient.  In addition, there is a spectacular editorial written by Dr. Gerald Murphy on how necessary he has found the multidisciplinary approach to be in his practice.  After reading the editorial Ron Hruska felt compelled to write the author and share a few comments with him:

“Just read the July issue of The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice and wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed reading your segment on Dry Bones.  I have always tried to integrate disciplinary medicine and dentistry in my practice and always remember that each of our disciplines have limitations.  Really feel like you hit a home run on this piece.”

Read the editorial HERE!

Posted August 22, 2011 at 8:00AM
Categories: Articles

We received this from a therapist practicing PRI in Colorado:

“Hi all, I wanted to send along some information that I was amazed by.  I have integrated the PRI concepts into my practice over the past year and have been thrilled with the results that I have seen.

I recently treated a 13 year old female that came to me with right sided low back pain and a 17 degree scoliotic curve.  After working with her over the course of 5-6 sessions, she returned to her M.D. for a follow up and x-rays, only to discover that her scoliotic curve decreased to 14 degrees.  She has overall decreased pain and improved alignment.

Thank you for giving us the tools to help people like this!  It makes my job so much more rewarding to be able to effectively treat patients.”

Posted August 19, 2011 at 8:10AM
Categories: Patients

Curricular Consideration

A big thanks to Jason Robey for sending me the email below. I can’t think of a better “curricular consideration” for attending our upcoming vision course!

On Saturday I went to the optometrist for my annual eye exam. Below is the conversation that the optometrist and I had while he did the exam:

Opt: What are you doing right?
Me: Exercises
Opt: But you always exercise right?
Me: Yea but these exercises are different

Opt: Well whatever you are doing has improved your astigmatism
Me: Breathing exercises
Opt: I have never seen anyone with an astigmatism as bad as yours get better. I was actually concerned you may have a disease that causes an astigmatism to rapidly get worse. Yours is getting better. I am going to back down the power. Whatever you are doing keep doing it. I am not sure how you are reshaping your own eye.

Then we talked about the website and he is going to look into the PRI Vision website

Jason H. Robey, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Director of Athletic Training Services Appalachian State University

Posted August 17, 2011 at 8:12AM
Categories: Clinicians

Last Friday I had a great experience.  I have a patient by the name of Dr. Matt Dixon.  Some PRC therapists know Dr. Dixon since the Interdisciplinary Integration course last April.  He is an optometrist and he and I went to hear Dr. Heidi Wise speak on visual integration.  Some might say I dragged him there!  It was there that he met several members of the PRI subculture.  Dr. Dixon also met Dr. Mike Hoefs who took a quick look at Matt for me and spoke of a need to modify his bite.

Well, I started getting interested and naturally I wanted to make the wheels turn faster.  To make a long story short I set it up for Dr. Hoefs to come on down to beautiful Warner Robins, GA and work with my orthodontist, Dr. Gary Pool, who is also a patient of mine and a PRI enthusiast.  We met on Friday August 12th and worked on Matt.  Imagine four clinicians: a dentist, an orthodontist, a physical therapist and an optometrist, all interested in interdisciplinary integration spending a Friday in an empty orthodontists’ office working together.  It was great! CLICK HERE to read more.

Posted August 16, 2011 at 8:16AM
Categories: Clinicians

We received some feedback from the first person that purchased a PRI Illustration:

“I just received the artwork today and it looks amazing!!! I really didn’t expect the print to have such great detail!  Thanks for the opportunity to post up some great PRI artwork! As you can see it looks great in my office and is a great conversation starter for Postural Restoration.” - Josh Owen LAT, ATC

To check out all our illustrations or to order, click here!

Posted August 12, 2011 at 9:30AM
Categories: Products

While working on the new Non-Manual Techniques CD-ROM we realized that we only have 5 activities that inhibit the anterior neck.  It is extremely difficult to shut off an anterior neck in an upright position, therefore, the only position you can place the patient in is supine.  Since you can’t expect your patient to live their life in supine, Visual Integration becomes necessary for individuals who are unable to inhibit their anterior neck during upright, dynamic activity.  This will be heavily discussed in the upcoming Postural-Visual Integration course!  To register for this course, CLICK HERE!

Posted August 8, 2011 at 8:25AM
Categories: Courses

Check out this video of Ron Hruska working with a 23 y/o female who is neutral, but still has low back pain secondary to the inability to find AF IR in stance with her abdominals engaged.  To learn PRI non-manual integration techniques, such as the one prescribed to this patient, join us at PRI for our annual 4-day Advanced Integration course!

Note: She will be performing the above technique on both sides for her home program.

Posted August 4, 2011 at 8:28AM

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