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Blog Posts in August 2017

It is always great to teach material where there are individuals that are assisting the understanding of the course material, objectives and application.  We always try to balance out our PRI courses with adequate assistance from “lab assistants” based on number of course attendees.  We had two wonderful assistants scheduled, Miquel Aragoncillo BS, CSCS, ACSM, HF, PRT and Frank Mallon PT, DPT, PRC, two of the nicest and genuine people I know.   However, we also were gifted with a number of other “assistants” that helped make this two days clinically resonate.  First of all a big shout out to Katherine Dixon DPT who was the perfect subject with a non-pathologic TMCC and a beautiful underlying LAIC/RBC.  Without her we would not have had one of the most ideal set of outcomes she displayed with pre and post testing, using Cervical Revolution methodology and assessment recommendations.  We all saw and experienced an unforgettable demonstration that was at times even surreal for me.  Perfection!   Wish we would have had Matt Hornung there to video this and the solid results correlating with testing procedure revolving around the neck.   Byron Curletto CMT, CPT beautifully demonstrated the correct way to carry out the Standing Cervical-Cranial Repositioning PRI technique, while Kristen Wilson PT,DPT, GCS objectively showed us how to carry out the Supine Active Sacro-Sphenoid Flexion PRI technique and objectively demonstrate to her husband, Michael Wilson PT,DPT, OCS that her neck symptoms are real and appear to be coming from the neck as a result of her mandibular pattern and malocclusion. They were instructed to go out on a date night after the course. .. hope they will if they haven’t yet. Dr. Howard Hindin DDS was there with Brad Gilden PT, DPT, CFMT, FAAOMPT, CSCS and enlightened and reinforced material that was complimenting their efforts through The American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry.  I am looking forward to spending time with them in Puerto Rico and further present, collaborate and discuss the importance of establishing “neutral” airways in all of our patients.  Jon Herting PT, DPT, CSCS  not only helped The Training Room Physical Therapy schedule and host this weekend course, but also did a great job in assisting administratively and with our nourishment needs. Nancy Brown NSCA CPT allowed us to visually see how a person with a cranium that is in a Right Torsional position can benefit from PRI, by placing her pre and post pictures in the Powerpoint. All of these people were my “assistants” and without them this course and its direction would have been significantly stymied! So to all these who attended and all of these assistants. Thank you.

Posted August 29, 2017 at 3:50PM

Thank you Stan, Christie and Impact staff for hosting Pelvis Restoration this past weekend. We had a fabulous weekend introducing some recent updates to the Pelvis course. The Hruska Abduction lift test was added to the course. It's a great test for assessing frontal plane integration of the pelvis. The practitioners found it to be a great tool for clinical application when assessing their patients to assist with reciprocal and alternating function. It was an amazing group with critical thinkers. Thank you for a weekend of your time. Also, a shout out to Kenny who lab assisted for me. Great weekend. Great people.

Posted August 29, 2017 at 11:20AM
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The PRI Fitness and Movement Course had its debut in Nebraska this past weekend at Gibbie's training facility: XplosiveEdge in Omaha. Thank you so much to Team Xedge for being wonderful hosts and inviting us into your homebase. You guys are top notch and we are so grateful to have spent the weekend with you! Keep up the great work!! This specific course was jammed back with brilliant minds including Mr. PRI himself, Ron Hruska. Thank you Ron and all the attendees that came out to learn and support our affiliate course efforts. It was a fun weekend and we hope you all enjoyed the material presented! One of the main focuses of this course is to emphasize the dynamic thoracic posture required for effective diaphragmatic breathing. When we develop too much external muscle mass overtop of a rigid axial frame, our breathing system can become strained. Overtime, this strain can affect our core performance and our abdominal’s ability to synchronize properly with our hips and shoulders. The strain also causes hyperactivity of various muscle chains which can limit how our ribs move and rib mobility is crucial for our durability and spine health. With PRI, we understand breathing is more than just about the thoracic diaphragm and ventilation. We need to be able to move air within our bodies in order to shut off the hyperactive chains of muscles and dissolve the unwanted muscle tension to optimize our postural health. Want to perfect your application of PRI? Three sites left for 2017! Denver, Minneapolis, and Frederick, MD. Hope to see you there!

Posted August 24, 2017 at 10:59AM
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We are excited to announce an updated name, course description and course objectives for PRI Integration for Geriatrics. Watch below for more information on why we made the change.

This advanced lecture and lab course is designed to help clinicians restore gait dynamics and functional performance when working with geriatric populations or the immobile, frail or chronic of any age. Participants will gain an appreciation for PRI fundamental principles and the common asymmetrical patterns that can lead to faulty movement, pathomechanics and pain. PRI assessment tests designed specifically for geriatrics and low functioning patients, clients or athletes will be introduced to guide exercise selection, program planning and to monitor progress. Treatment recommendations are designed specifically for geriatric and low functioning populations to help them deliver successful treatment outcomes when traditional PRI positions and activities may not be well tolerated. Respiration and alternating reciprocal movement will be emphasized during program development and lab experiences to help restore ADL function, bed mobility, transfer ability, dynamic balance and gait performance.

Course Objectives

  1. Understand the influence of asymmetrical breathing on tri-planer gait dynamics and functional performance.
  2. Recognize the human asymmetrical patterns that can negatively influence alternating reciprocal motion in the bed, recliner, chair and upright positions.
  3. Assess movement dysfunction by breaking down the essential components of early stance, late stance and swing in gait.
  4. Design a functional program using PRI concepts and techniques to restore alternating reciprocal function across the pelvis, thorax and extremities.

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Posted August 24, 2017 at 10:30AM

The Pacific Northwest was our host location for Myokinematic Restoration. What a gorgeous location and perfect weather we had in Everett, WA. Thanks to our host facility, ATI and Betsy Baker-Bold. We had a fantastic mix of individuals who were new to PRI, and those who have taken several PRI courses in the past. Not only that, but we had a great mix of fitness, strength, and rehab professionals, as well. I had never visited the Seattle area previously, and I was not disappointed. Thanks to Betsy, as well as Amy Malinowski and Chris Nicholson, who were kind enough to help in lab and show me some great places to eat. We spent a great deal of time exploring what makes us "Batman", and how to get more "Bruce Wayne" in our lives, as well as what it takes for us to get our "Boy Band" back together. And we were fortunate to have a lot of lab time so we could explore what it felt like to facilitate and, more importantly, inhibit polyarticular chains of muscles. My thanks to William Trujillo for letting us use him as my lab "volunteer." Thanks to Greg Lewerenz, Curtis Van Wyck, Xavier Williams, Sarah Black, Sarah Somers, and Julianne Clark for your great questions and keeping us on track. Great weekend!

Posted August 22, 2017 at 11:24AM
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New York City!!! Broadway musicals, Fifth Avenue, Lady Liberty and Finish Line Physical Therapy!!! I was there to teach Impingement & Instability and Michael Conlon PT saw to it that we were well taken care of. I&I is one of those classes from which many clinicians run but that was not the case since we had almost 50 professionals present on that great weekend. It was so nice to see Alicia Ferriere DPT. She is such a wonderful host who, together with the rest of the gang at Finish Line were enthusiastic attendees. I honestly look forward to seeing Alicia at certification in Lincoln, NE this December. I love the emphasis on neurology in I&I and the attendees in the course began to see that resolving various orthopedic issues must take a neurological approach. Consider that nearly all issues of impingement are really occurring by choice! Shocking eh? Want to hear more? Join me or Ron Hruska or James Anderson and buckle up for a deep dive into the rabbit hole! See you soon!!!

Posted August 18, 2017 at 8:59AM
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The University of Louisville Athletic Center has an energy that just motivates you to want to perform. Home of the Cardinal's, the athletic staff including Teena Murray, Sean Smith, Chris Hays and the rest of the U of L athletics staff hosted Postural Respiration last weekend. Many thanks for the Louisville staff for hosting PRI. This was a group that was heavily weighted with strength and conditioning professionals not only from Louisville but from nearby training facilities as well. There were several DPT's and PT's that work in a hospital setting or private practice. Sarah Martin, DPT, PhD was lab assistant and was critical in making this weekend a success. One of the participants, Molly Binetti, works with Louisville Women's Volleyball and Superior T-4 Syndrome was a critical topic for her athletes as well as for Josh Kesel who is a strength coach for his pitching and performance practice for baseball pitchers. TOS, or thoracic outlet syndrome, was discussed regarding high performance athletes who compensate with scalenes and are prone to Superior T-4 Syndrome. One of the demonstrations of the manual Superior T-4 technique, to determine if Superior T-4 Syndrome exists, was performed for the group to see if a left apical chest wall deficit as opposed to the right existed. Left apical expansion was limited and a Right Subclavius Myosseous Restorative Technique to restore normal BC chamber function was provided with all PRI tests becoming neutral after this technique was provided. This individual in lab could have not been a better subject and it is always a welcomed outcome for the instructor! Even though this was a Postural Respiration course, PEC issues were discussed in detail for performance athletes and Mike Cantrell's article on Inferior T-8 syndrome is a must read for everyone. There are always PEC's who love extension for performance and one of the attendees benefited from a two person Infraclavicular Pump performed by Sarah Martin and me.

Posted August 16, 2017 at 10:14AM

We are excited to announce the release of our newest Myokinematic Restoration online home study course! Ron Hruska, MPA, PT is the instructor for the newest version of this course, which has over 15 hours of content. Over the past year, our faculty and staff worked together to update the structure and flow of this course. The core material has not changed, however the layout of the course manual and how the material is presented has been updated based on your feedback. More detailed treatment algorithms for non-pathological Left AIC and pathological Left AIC patterned individuals are now included, along with Myokinematic Restoration Inhibition program considerations. We hope you enjoy the update!

If you completed the Myokinematic Restoration online home study course between January 1, 2017 and August 1, 2017, we would like to offer you 2 weeks complimentary access to this newer version. Please contact us to receive your complimentary access (you will not receive additional CEUs).  

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Posted August 7, 2017 at 10:24AM
Categories: Courses Videos

As we approach the upcoming application deadline for our Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) credentialing program, we are excited to announce that we have added additional eligible certifications. PRT credentialing was established in 2011 for Athletic Trainers (with Certification through the BOC), Strength and Conditioning Coaches (with CSCS Certification through the NSCA or SCCC Certification through the CSCCa) 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.

Annually, the PRI Board of Directors reviews certifications, evaluating their post-secondary education requirements, scope of practice standards, and continuing education requirements, in consideration for eligibility for our PRT credentialing program. Two years ago, Athletic Therapists (with Certification through the CATA) were added to the list of eligible candidates. Now eligible to apply for PRT: Certified Exercise Physiologists, Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologists, and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists (with Certification through the ACSM).

Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) applications are due annually on October 15th, and our next testing program will take place on January 8-9th, following the Impingement & Instability course in Lincoln. If you have any questions about the PRT application or testing process, please contact Jen.

Posted August 4, 2017 at 2:33PM

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