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Blog Posts in October 2017

Fortius Sport and Health in Vancouver is not only a world class Mecca for athletes wanting to perform at the highest level and for patients recovering from an injury, but it is also a practitioners dream location for a progressive, state-of-the-art, and integrative environment to work in and hone their professional skills. Fortius was developed as an enormous community based sport rehab and facility in the suburb of Burnaby, near Vancouver, that includes several ice rinks, grass fields for field sports and a world class weight training facility including basketball courts and therapy pools. There is a vision center for concussion rehabilitation. Physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and sport performance specialists all work in an environment that is focused on mutual respect and collaboration to provide the very best in athlete/patient outcomes. Regular meetings are scheduled with all practitioners to discuss cases including having medical consultations available for athletes. This group of practitioners that attended, many of which were from Fortius, had their first introduction to PRI this weekend. One husband and wife team from the US had taken Postural Respiration through a home study course and loved it so much that they opened up their new clinic based on breathing and respiration principles. This was their first live course for Postural and having a hands-on experience was invaluable from their response. Jon Rowe, CSCS, PRT is the only PRT/PRC in Canada and drove 4 hours through the mountains to assist this weekend from a town called Kelowna. Jon is a quiet force and by Sunday was providing an amazing amount of insight and help to new students. Some of the questions that came up included what does PRI teach in terms of breathing? Well, let’s just start with an ability to exhale fully and pause before taking a full breath in. Combine that with a new neurologic and bio-mechanical re-position or non-manual technique and now unlocking the secrets to a balanced bi-lateral human being is possible. It seems simple to veterans of PRI that if you hope to master breathing, you must see for starters that a left hamstring, glute, IO/TA's are needed to create a left (and right) ZOA of a diaphragm. All the breathing techniques in the world aren't going to re-position, re-train or restore function and performance without this basic building block. This one concept was reinforced though out the weekend. Many thanks to Ryan Murray, DPT and Erik Torchia, DPT for hosting this weekend in such a beautiful facility, city and country.

Posted October 5, 2017 at 10:12AM
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This past weekend I enjoyed, and loved, my time with nearly forty movement scientists in the city of brotherly love. I enjoyed having a tremendously diverse group of professionals, from personal trainers like Aven Johnson, OTR's like Wing Chin, Exercise Physiologists like Bryant Aguilar, Pilates Instructors like Susan Milosky, Inpatient Neuro PT's like Christopher Carroll, PTA's like Dustin Friesen, Associate Professor/ATC's like Nicole Cattano, and PT's like Matt Hinsey and Jessica Jennings. My time in Philadelphia and nearby suburb of Cherry Hill, NJ hosted by Jon Herting and TTR Performance was a great experience, my first at this location. Jon and his team allowed me to be dialed solely into the task of introducing nearly 30 PRI hatchlings to the science!

This weekend was especially unique because we were honored to have lab assistants Jon Herting as well as Takashi Onuki, MS, ATC, CSCS, PES, PRT, PRI coordinator in Japan and budding PRI Instructor. I had the opportunity to hang with this future faculty member and daddy of daughters who brought a great teacher's perspective that I was able to appreciate and learn from. Thanks Takashi!

Through this course, we discussed the normality of asymmetry, the group of "amigos" that we use to oppose a right lateralized system, with some great conversation and discussion via an interactive group of professionals about how to implement PRI principles from the "it's all neural all the time" hemiparesis client to the "it's game on all the time" competitive athlete setting. Thank you Elizabeth Young, Ken Guzzardo, Brian Dougherty, Ray Carr, Connor "CJ" Conway, Anthony Blubello, Tara Amato, Ryan Wolff and Courtney Pierre for your assistance with demonstration of PRI techniques and treatment strategies! You all made the course real! Thank you Zach Mitchell, Colin Kidwell and Rushi Shahiwala for keeping a steady flow of good questions for discussion flowing. Lastly, thank you "table Jay", Jennifer Bolster, Jimmy Jo among many others for enjoying a laugh here and there during the course.

Overall, much was learned, and much brotherly (and sisterly) love was doled this weekend. Thanks for everything Jon and the Philly crowd!

Posted October 5, 2017 at 8:57AM
Categories: Courses

Coastal Ortho, in Brunswick, ME, was the site of the most recent Postural Restoration course. Located 45 min from “America’s Foodiest Small Town” of Portland, the gorgeous, state-of-the-art facility provided a terrific lunch-time setting, with the Atlantic Ocean a mere few blocks away. As always, the weekend focused on the lateralized differences between a right and left pelvis and rib cage, created by the asymmetric diaphragm. Also emphasized were the prevalence and consequences of thoracic extension and how the loss of ZOA reduces movement variability (“#longevity matters”). Much time was spent observing a variety of breathing strategies, what to do about a therapist-patient size mismatch, and sensing rib cage movement and air flow (Springfield College students Declan Morrisey and Clayton Lent gamely performed their first-ever mobilizations). Thank you to the Coastal Ortho team for hosting: Brian Bisson, Kelsey Bisson, Kate Baughman, Lisa Burdick, Beth Carlton, Amanda Cleaves, Sarah, Coughlin, Dan Doherty, Amy Farrell, Rebecca Marple, Katie McCarthy, Pat Nelson, Shawn Paquette, Craig Priestly, and Amin Saab. Kudos to our reader, Wendy Lessard and to the superb lab assistants Anita Furbush, PT, PRC and Michael Mullin, PTA, PRC, who provided clarity and depth to the discussions with their clinical expertise.

Posted October 3, 2017 at 9:06AM

It was a beautiful early fall weekend in Palo Alto, California teaching Impingement and Instability to an awesome group of rehabilitation, strength & conditioning, athletic training and movement professionals. Thank you to our host Chris Gaines, CSCS, CES, PES and the super team at Performance Gaines for your hospitality and professionalism throughout the weekend. You have a beautiful facility and it’s always great to get to spend time with you guys. Really appreciate all the extra work by Dan Hafner, CSCS to make sure we felt welcome and had everything we needed.

This course was chock-full of amazing professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. I wish I could thank each one of you for your contributions to the course. It was nice to have Carol Cahn, PT, PRC, Caleb Chiu, CSCS, PRT, Tim Dempsey, CSCS, CPT, PRT and Dan Houglum, MSPT, ATC, PRC in attendance as Certified PRI Professionals to learn more about the science and its application in this secondary level course. I also really appreciated having Takashi Mita, ATC and Yusuke Namba, ATC in the course all the way from Tokyo, Japan. It means a lot to our institute that you would be willing to travel so far to further study the PRI science.

Impingement and Instability provides the opportunity to delve deeper into powerful PRI concepts like Lateralization and Esthesiology. Hemispheric lateralization during upright performance is one of the chief contributors to the various instabilities that occur throughout the body. To study calcaneal, femoral, ilial and scapular instabilities from a lateralization stand point based on right vs left respiratory, neurological awareness and muscle tone influences is a paradigm shift for most. It’s a big part of what defines PRI, but something we are only able to briefly touch upon in our introductory courses.

This group did a great job grasping these underlying causes of regional and systemic instabilities across all parts of the body. I really appreciate Will Waterman, DPT, COMT, CSCS for being such a willing volunteer for so many of our demonstrations and examples. You promoted a positive learning experience for the entire class and helped us appreciate some of the finer points of technique cuing to make sure some of these more advanced PRI concepts are respected throughout treatment. Your commitment to getting things right was really representative of the overall course attitude and a big part of what made this course so enjoyable to teach. Thank you Will and thank you everyone! I look forward to seeing continued growth and advancement in all of you.

And lastly, I'd like to thank my friend and fellow PRI faculty member Dan Houglum for allowing me to share a part of his family's holiday with them in Palo Alto. I enjoyed meeting your wife Becki and your daughter Ella and getting to enjoy the Stanford UCLA football game together on Saturday evening. I've known Dan for years and have been grateful to be one of his mentors, but have not met his family until this weekend. Its always great to meet and get to know the people behind the scenes in your life, because they are really the ones who make you who you are. I think I'll throw in the picture of Ella pulling you out of the Ghiradelli Chocolate machine, because it reminds me of two things, 1) left lateralization and 2) the powerful influence our loved ones have on making us our very best.

Posted October 2, 2017 at 1:57PM
Categories: Courses
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