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Blog Posts in October 2011

PRI speaker Jen Poulin was in Minneapolis, MN the weekend of October 22-23, 2011, teaching a Myokinematic Restoration course. Here is a great quote from one of the attendees!

“Mind-blowing. I feel there’s a whole realm I can tie this into in my training but no idea where yet.”

Posted October 31, 2011 at 2:09PM
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Last week Gregory Parfianowicz traveled to Poland to educate a group of therapists and dentists on Postural Respiration and Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration.  We asked Gregory a few questions about his trip…

Who was in attendance?
We had physical therapists, dentists, dental technicians and orthodontists attending a 2-day PRI overview course with emphasis on “Cervical-Cranial -Mandibular Restoration”.
I was impressed that so many dentists are considering, if not already , working closely with physical therapists (at least 3 attendees have extra room in their office for PT and employ one on part time basis).

Why do you think there is an interest from the dentists in that area?
I believe that dentists and orthodontists in Poland are becoming even more concerned with patients not responding fully to their treatment and the patients are breaking appliances/crowns more often on the left side than right. They are concerned with those patients negatively advertising their practice in cases where they are being charged for the service which didn’t work.
By the end of each day we had a discussion going all over the room with suggestions, it wasn’t one way communication, it was sharing information between each profession to help the patient.
One dentist sent a text to her husband during lunch on the first day- “Before I do any type of tooth work, including fillings, I need to contact and discuss the case with the patient’s physical therapist, optometrist, and psychiatrist.”

Do you have any future plans for PRI courses in Poland?
We hope to do the next course for “teams” of physical therapists and dentists in the spring of 2012 and hopefully another Myokinematic Restoration course for physical therapists as well.

Posted October 28, 2011 at 2:14PM
Categories: Clinicians Courses

PRI Pelvis Restoration speaker Lori Thomsen recently taught a course in Chapel Hill, NC. Here is a great quote from one of the attendees!

“Lori was amazing! What a great instructor!!! Thank you so much, I love the course!”

Posted October 24, 2011 at 2:18PM
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“Sometimes, perhaps, we are allowed to get lost that we may find the right person to ask directions of.” ~ Robert Brault

Recently, I felt very lost. My instinct was telling me I needed to search deeper for an answer and time was not on my side. I was facing a major surgery, scheduled within 3 weeks and could not find a compelling argument against having it, other than it just didn’t feel right. Then karma stepped in and gave me a map.

Fate is a very slippery step to rest upon. Drawing too many conclusions just might find one lying flat-on-your-back in a cold, wet stream. Believing too much in signs can heighten your hopes and lead to disappointment. But when events fall into place as smoothly as the past weekend did for me, it’s hard not to feel like you’re standing on the Rock of Gibraltar.

On my drive to Lincoln, NE, to attend my second seminar through the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI, this one on Postural Respiration), CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE…

Posted October 21, 2011 at 2:22PM
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We are excited to be teaming up again next year with Maryland Sports Care & Rehab! On February 18-19 the Urbana Clinic will host Postural Respiration. James Anderson will be instructing the course. Please register early as we anticipate a full class. 

Posted October 20, 2011 at 2:34PM
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James recently presented our Myokinematic Restoration course at the Alaska PT Association - Fall Conference.  James had the privilege to speak to nearly 90 attendees as well as find time for some fishing. He shared with us this email from a course attendee….

Dear James,

First I would like to personally thank you for coming to Alaska this past weekend to lecture on myokinematic restoration. Your course helped immediately relieve the frustration I have experienced for years regarding physical therapy protocols. My clinic has put into practice the skills we learned from your course from the very first patient of the day on Monday morning.  We have not had a single patient leave the office without substantial improvement in their condition all week!

The most dramatic cases include an elderly woman, 3 month post lumbar fusion, 6 year post bilateral hip replacement with pain of 8/10 VAS in her low back and hips. She was unable to stand from a chair without pulling herself up with her arms. In under 10 minutes, not only was she reporting pain of 0/10 VAS, but she was also able to stand from chairs of many different heights independently!

Another patient was a 20 y.o. female, hurt her back at work and had received chiropractic and exercise therapy for 8 weeks without any improvement. Pain of 8/10 VAS when I first evaluated her Tuesday morning. When she left my office, after using the repositioning techniques and 2 exercises, her pain was 0/10 VAS and it held through her day of work! She SKIPPED into my clinic this morning for her 2nd appointment. Her worst pain since Tuesday was a 1/10 VAS. We are now working on getting her into better shoes (no more flip flops) and today she was able to walk with improved stride, stance, and even demonstrated arm swing; all with pain ratings of 0/10 VAS.

Thank you doesn’t seem enough at this point. Thank you for validating our concerns with the status quo. Thank you for helping us be the physical therapists we wanted to be! We look forward to taking more of your courses in the near future.

Posted October 19, 2011 at 9:56AM
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Michael Mullin was kind enough to share this email with me earlier in the week. Michael practices at OA Centers for Orthopaedics in Portland, ME. In addition to attending and hosting many PRI courses, Michael also served on our Recognition Committee responsible for the creation of PRT.

I have been working with a lot of dancers—classical ballet in particular—for many years which began when I was practicing in San Francisco.  Having utilized PRI-principles in my work for many years now, this population is a tremendous group to introduce PRI concepts with due to their amazing body awareness, compliance with home programs and general attitude towards self-help.  Dance medicine has turned into a subspecialty for me and I was fortunate enough to be able to do a presentation this past week at the 2011 International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Annual Conference in Washington D.C.  It was a 50-minute Movement Session and the title was: “Developing Optimal Muscle Control to Establish Symmetry in the Dancer”.  It was part lecture and part lab where principles of proper diaphragmatic positioning and control were introduced with the use of balloons, exercises such as 90/90 hip lift, 90/90 hip lift with hip shift and hemi-bridge, and sidelying scissor slides were all reviewed.  It worked well to have them utilize the balloons initially and then have them tie them off to use as bolsters for the subsequent frontal plane activities.  It was a great turnout and this program was very well received with many participants approaching me throughout the rest of the conference asking more insightful questions or even stating:  “I heard you did a movement session with balloons and PRI principles—I’m so bummed I missed it!”.  PRI-trained clinicians should really consider trying to work this population as almost all of them are in dire need of repositioning, neutrality, and joint centralization. - Michael Mullin, ATC, LAT, PTA

Click HERE to view the handouts provided to attendees.

Posted October 18, 2011 at 3:29PM

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for Postural Restoration Certification (PRC)!

The application review process was completed on Friday and all applicants should now have received email notification of the feedback from our PRC Application Review Committee. If you did not receive this email, please contact me. We look forward to the educational process of PRC testing, scheduled for December 5-6.

Each year the process of PRC review is one that I personally find very gratifying, and this year was no exception. We received a record number of applications which demonstrate the passion and interest that so many therapists have for the PRI science. In turn, the reviewer feedback from our Committee of individuals who themselves have earned the designation of PRC, reaffirms the growth and excitement that we continue to see through this unique mentorship opportunity that is the application review.

Also, I would like to thank those who applied for our new credential of PRT!  The application review process for PRT is now underway. Please expect to receive your completed review on or before November 15th. The educational testing process of PRT is scheduled for January 9th. It is with much anticipation and excitement that we prepare for the first class of individuals to earn the designation of Postural Restoration Trained (PRT).

Hi! My name is Paige Juhnke and I’m the new Education Coordinator for the Institute. I’ve been working here for about three weeks now, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know everyone and learn what PRI is all about! You can learn more about me here!

Posted October 10, 2011 at 3:38PM

Two new articles were added to the PRI Library and to the Myokinematic Restoration course reference list.  The JOSPT published an article on the relationship of hip strengthening and patellofemoral pain in August and Sports Health also published a similar article on this same subject.  To read the article from JOSPT, click here!  To read about the article published in Sports Health, click here!

Posted October 7, 2011 at 3:49PM
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