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Blog Posts in October 2019

Alpine Physical Therapy has been the center of advanced PRI courses for over two years. The three amigos, Chris "Murph" Murphy, DPT, PRC, Jeremiah Ferguson, DPT, PRC and Eli Zygmuntowicz, DPT, PRC hosted Cervical Revolution at their facility this past weekend and it was a pleasure seeing the guys again and having their support hosting this course. Cervical Revolution has been evolving for the past two years with course manual changes, thanks in a large part to Jason Masek, MSPT, PRC, and his diagram of the atlas and occipital bone in the left and right TMCC pattern. One of the biggest learning challenges in any PRI course is to connect a pattern to position and have a tri-planer picture in mind from a two dimension drawing from a book. Jason's description is a vital learning tool to understand position of atlas relative to occiput before the discussion of occiput on atlas in a patho-mechanical compensation called right torsion occurs.  

Postural Restoration Cervical Revolution course

In addition, several revisions to the course manual have been made with the help of Ron Hruska and Mike Cantrell to make this course flow even better.   The emphasis has become even greater on the O/A junction being the driving factor for autonomics, cranial position and especially oscillatory lateralized function. The connection with the L AIC, R BC, R TMCC and LSB cranial position, and the need to alternate and reciprocate, was integrated deeply this past weekend with ample lab time and insightful clinical discussion.

Cervical Revolution Postural Restoration

Attendees in the course included six PRC's as well as practitioners on the verge of becoming PRC's with much PRI exposure and practice.  Along with the "veterans" there were practitioners with just a few PRI courses under their belts including PT's, myofunctional speech therapists, and strength and conditioning personal with a strong emphasis on working with baseball players from little league to the pro's.  Joseph Yousefian, DDS, an orthodontist, was in attendance for his first PRI course.  He was thrown right in the middle of PRI nation and was such a valuable voice when it came to occlusion and a dentist's perspective.  In this course the discussion on occlusion is one that is interdisciplinary, and that more often than not, we need to work with a specific dentist to help with occlusion to "free up" a neck and let it revolve!

Thank you to all attendees and especially Murph, Jeremiah and Eli. I also want to thank Ron and Mike for their mentorship over the past two years. They have been so generous in their time and energy helping me understand the content and learn how to teach Cervical Revolution. This was my first solo Cervical Revolution as a faculty member and it was such a rewarding experience to be so well prepared with the help of Ron and Mike. Also, thank you to Jennifer Platt, MPT, PRC for all of your mentorship, emails and phone calls in this learning process!

If you have attended Myokinematic Restoration in the past, but not since the course received a make-over in 2016, I suggest you strongly consider attending. If you haven't started your PRI journey, this course is one of the PRI introductory courses, and is a great way to begin that journey. A couple of changes that were made in 2016 that I appreciate compared to the version I first took in 2004 are that now we have a lot more time for lab, we are able to discuss and spend time in lab on both of the Hruska Lift tests, and we are discussing some ankle mechanics related to the L AIC pattern.

 

This most recent Myokin class is an excellent representative sample of these changes.  This class was nearly 40% lab.  So everyone was able to find, feel, and experience the muscles required to inhibit the L AIC pattern.  We were able to spend a solid amount of time on the Hruska ABD and ADD Lift tests with lab and explanation of both tests.  And we had a lively discussion about how calcaneal position and mechanics influence and are influenced by the L AIC pattern.

This class had a lot of great participation, as every single participant asked a question, which helps everyone learn. My thanks to Ken Guzzardo for hosting our course. My thanks to Amy Corbin, Amanda McDevitt, Jaclyn Marino, Ivan Salazar, Kristian Flores, Aidan Scotland, and Jamil Skakoor for their excellent questions and re-states. Really, my thanks to all the course attendees for their interest and many awesome questions.  

It was a true pleasure to have Neal Hallinan as the lab assistant. He's a PRI Black Belt, and he's speaking at Interdisciplinary Integration in April 2020. He's going to kill it! 

Posted October 28, 2019 at 11:48AM
Categories: Clinicians Courses Science

As one attends conferences organized by various boards and professional groups of education, it becomes apparent that many of them, no matter which organization is of the primary focus, are alike. This is now our second time attending the AAPMD Airway Summit, and it again was distinguishable from any other conference in the past. I believe it is important to understand the truly collaborative effort of all the organizations involved as the level of discussion was already set high because of the many disciplines present during these four days.


We were proud to join a long list of sponsors which included; The American College for Advancement in Medicine, The American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry, The Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences, The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, The Institute of Physical Art, The Foundation for Airway Health, The North American Association of Facial Orthotropics, The International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.If you made it through the list above, it may be easier to understand the vastness of conversations had, professions in attendance, speaker topics presented and overall interest in integration. As I spent four days discussing and fielding various questions related to the relevance and strong presence of our Institute at this event, we immediately became aware of the potential and power that this science of Postural Restoration can have on a collaborative group of minds which we were surrounded by. After having these conversations between various Dentists, Oral Facial Myologists, Hygienists, Speech & Language Pathologists, Craniofacial Pain Physicians, and many other systemic health and physiology professionals, their desire for integrative and collaborative care was at an all-time high.


Many of them however were curious and sometimes cautious about where to begin, who to reach out to, and how those other professionals may benefit their patients overall plan of care and most importantly their treatment outcomes. Then comes “The Important Collaborative Role of PT and Airway Health” which was presented by Ron Hruska, Gregg Johnson and Brad Gilden. Which in and of itself was a milestone in the collaborative effort to introduce the important role PT’s have in viewing and treating airway and all other forms of dysfunction. Not only is the role of the physical therapist becoming more apparent but the roles of ALL individual professionals involved are becoming more appreciated. We were fortunate to have the presence of PRC, Steve Cuddy who has been practicing PRI and integrating with other disciplines in the Austin area for many years. Steve, it was truly an absolute gift to have you there as a representative of our credentialed providers across the country and abroad as these other professions look to you and others like you, who have become a PRI provider. The professionals mentioned above will be reaching out to all of you in the days, months and years to come, as a resource for integration of the science of PRI within their approaches of treating Airway Dysfunction and overall health!

“Attending the Collaboration Cures Airway Conference was an eye-opening, yet reassuring experience.  Eye-opening in the sense that the collection of airway-related issues is more complex and prevalent than, I believe, anyone truly understands.  Reassuring because I’m more confident than ever that we as PRI practitioners are uniquely positioned to play an integral role in the detection and treatment of obstructive airway conditions. Returning back to our homes, I’m sure that all attendees are more hopeful after listening to and meeting a wide range of passionate practitioners. This would include Ron who gave a few very insightful presentations.  I’m here to tell everyone in PRI Land that airway obstruction and the anterior neck are areas that we understand, thanks in very large part to the information that Ron has put together for us. My hope is that we make that clear to all allied airway health professions in our communities as we continue our own Postural Restoration journeys.”
Steve Cuddy

A huge thank you to Dr. Howard Hindin, and the AAPMD Organization for once again including us in this effort. Dr. Hindin was awarded the “Howard G. Hindin, Breath of Life Award” for his dedication and role in this collaborative movement and because of his efforts Airway Health has been brought to the forefront of Healthcare. Thank you again and we look forward to continuing our involvement with and alongside you all. Next year’s Collaboration Cures conference will be held in Seattle, on November 12-14th! See you there.

Posted October 23, 2019 at 11:44AM
Categories: Website Clinicians Science

On page 16 of the Cranial Resolution manual, there is a bullet I wrote that states ‘If we don’t balance rotational events through hemispheric oscillation, occipital alternation or lateralized rhythm, we remain resolved to compensate for our rewarded over-reaction and autonomic drive to repeat.’ 

Yet there were 14 PRCs, 1 PRT and the rest of the class who have taken a minimum of 7 PRI courses. Needless to say, they were “repeaters”. Their drive to continue to learn how to balance rotation with frontal oscillation is on a continuum. The host couple emulates this drive. Thank you Josh and Katie Olinick for hosting another PRI course in the manner you did. (The coffee was just a tad bit cold. Just kidding. I did not need the sugar. Your sweetness diffused into my body before my first sip.) Your hospitality and reception is truly reflective of “home”. Sangini Rane PT, PRC thank you for bringing a patient for all of us to evaluate and make suggestions reflecting autonomics and the course material. Everything about this course I love. The material has been strengthened over my last 30 years of clinical practice. And the messages are being delivered to a body of people who now can appreciate what my autonomic and somatic nervous systems were integrating 30 years ago, with a platform, called ‘PRI’. Any time I get a hug from Susan Henning PT, PRC I feel better than a cold cup of coffee. 

Thank you Forward Fitness (Mike) for hosting Pelvis Restoration this past weekend. Fourteen healthcare and fitness practitioners were attending their FIRST PRI course. Seasoned PRI course attendees were also present and helpful for our newbies. I am more convinced than ever getting a sound foundation and understanding of the three primary PRI courses helps us the most clinically to assist our patients, athletes and clients.

Appreciation of PRI objective tests and how they demonstrate PRI neutrality, need for clinical inhibition of muscle, frontal plane integration, and restoring the human gait pattern for a reciprocal and alternating pelvis were capitalized this past weekend. Most importantly, hitting home how the respiratory and pelvic diaphragm and synchronization of the left and the right side for integration of all the above to occur.

I truly appreciate all that attended and sacrificed a weekend away from family and friends to learn. It was a beautiful fall weekend, but we rocked it inside learning and developing our skills.

A shout out to Jon, Tim, and Nancy who brought treatment tables. Nancy Hammond my amazing lab assistant, your passion for PRI is inspiring. Again, thank you Mike for hosting your first PRI course. It was truly humbling to teach you all.

Lori Thomsen Pelvis Restoration St. Louis 2019 Postural Restoration Institute

Pelvis Restoration St. Louis 2019 Postural Restoration Institute

Posted October 17, 2019 at 1:15PM
Categories: Courses

Essex Junction, VT

Home of Essex Physical Therapy and it’s famous PRC Owner Estelle Leclair MSPT, PRC. Estelle’s clinic has the only modern PRISM pool in the country!  Impact Physical Medicine and Aquatic Center in St. Paul, MN has the original prototype and Essex has the latest state-of-the-art iteration of the famous PRISM Pool. Yes, the one developed by Ron Hruska. Estelle and her husband Jeff decided that it was time to truly move forward and be the first in the nation to put into action this amazing PRI-based pool! I got in it and it was awesome!

During the weekend while I was there I taught Impingement and Instability (I&I) to about 30 great clinicians and we had more fun than a clown on fire!! For those of you not familiar, I&I is a deep-dive advanced course that explores exactly WHY people impinge body parts and have pain. You may be thinking that I am making it sound as though they have a choice. They DO! We choose to impinge and if you ever make it to this class you will discover not only WHY but also what to do about it. You will learn that every orthopaedic site of Impingement is actually the end result of neurologic phenomena. Sound wack?!  Listen to what one of the attendants said from this past weekend in VT. “I cannot believe that we could so easily correct what seems to be hard and fast positioning! Your demonstrations sealed the deal for me! I will NEVER look at a rotator cuff impingement syndrome the same again...EVER!!” You can also find yourself seeing the light through a lovely purple filter as well by taking this course. Oh, and if you’ve taken it before, keep in mind: A lot may have changed since then so it may be time to revisit!  God bless you all!!

Posted October 15, 2019 at 11:26AM
Categories: Courses Clinicians Science

If you’ve taken Cervical Revolution please raise your hand. Ok, for those of you who did not raise your hand I’ve got to say...BOY YOU MISSED A GOOD ONE IN CHICAGO!!! 

Pilates Central hosted the class and all of you know Dan-the-man-Houglum MSPT, ATC/L, PRC and Donna Parise Byrne PT, OCS, PRC who are good PRI instructors in their own rite. Well, together with Liesel Brown PT they ran the show for this installment of Cervical Rev. in Chicago. Oh and listen, if you go out to eat with Dan, make sure there’s plenty of meat being served! 

We had 22 folks in the class. Among us was one dentist named Joe Fischerhahm DMD and he is fascinated with all things airway and added a nice layer of depth to my teaching. Joe is a super nice guy and obviously a great dentist. Additionally, we had a representative from the AAPMD named Lenore Morrissey MPT, DPT, OCA, FC. Lenore shared a number of thoughts about airway and the upcoming AAPMD conference to be held in Nashville. Some of you may know that Ron Hruska will be presenting there. Y’all, we had such a good time this weekend and I can’t even describe it (which is odd for me because many will say that I am usually not at a loss for words!🤣). What I CAN say is that this Cervical Revolution class is a true game changer.

Ever wonder HOW it is that a dentist can help you manage your back pain patients? Or your knee pain patients for that matter. Did you know that there are strain patterns in your skull that place pressure on your individual cranial bones? IT MATTERS! IT IS TREATABLE! Many times you don’t even NEED a dentist! Most times actually! Did you know that there’s a certain type of device that PRI recommends, that a dentist can make, that goes in your mouth and this device, called a PRI MOOO, (Mandibular Occipital Occlusal Orthotic) can cause your neck to finally have a normal curve? Game changer! MOOO? No, it has nothing to do with cows. This weekend’s class was truly inspiring from the input from the class, to the chocolates we had, I was inspired:

A class held at Pilates Central,
Had us all feeling quite a bit mental.
The class was inspiring,
And our brain cells were firing.
Realizing that necks can be dental.

Go figure and God bless. Wish Ron good luck at the upcoming AAPMD in Nashville. In the meantime, PLEASE register for Cervical Revolution as soon as you can. It is truly fantastic course!

Posted October 4, 2019 at 11:25AM
Categories: Courses Science

What a solid group of professionals attended the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement course this past weekend in Fort Collins, CO.  


 
It was a sold out class! Jam-packed with fitness professionals, DCs, PTs, ATCs and Strength Coaches -  additionally all having a diverse background in PRI – some were VIP newbies attending their first course while others were certified in PRI or had 17-19 PRI courses under their belt. I’m grateful to bring these diverse backgrounds together and offer something for everyone! I was really impressed with how the VIP newbies were catching on to the science so quickly.

This weekend I focused on breaking down our “5 steps” to building core stability and tri-planar movement variability through a PRI lens. Day one focused on sagittal plane organization and obtaining to maintain a symmetrically balanced ZOA on each half of the body. Day two focused on building strength and function with good positioning and grounding, emphasizing unilateral work to keep the axial frame unlocked and integrated for contralateral patterns of rotation – gait, reaching, rotation, throwing, jumping, running. Day 2 emphasized a lot of frontal plane for “functional fitness”- I call the frontal plane, the most neglected plane in many traditional exercises programs. It’s important that people learn how to integrate, program, coach and cue this plane more intentionally to help clients break through plateaus and stay symmetrically balanced.


This course is lab intensive!! And we even got to take lab outside this weekend to enjoy some 80+ degree sunshine midday.  


 
Thank you to our PRC lab assistants - Karen Hoyt and Megan Bollinger. You guys were a big help, thanks for helping me out and guiding attendees to set up and cue positioning better!


Lastly, it was great to have many of the staff members from Rebound Sports and Physical Therapy there in attendance. Thank you all for your hospitality and hosting this weekend!
I think it’s great that a team comes together to learn, grow and collaborate – plus it supports learning and integrating PRI more effectively. Can’t wait to hear how you guys integrate the material over the next few months. I hope to get back to Fort Collins one day – such a cool outdoorsy town and I didn’t get to explore enough of it!
 
Till next year #PRInation! Look out for our 2020 schedule. The Affiliate Courses are a great place to start and refine your practice with PRI.

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