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Blog Posts in November 2015

Kristen Neisler, PT, ATC and the staff at Novacare were great hosts for a great weekend in Chicago. Sue Walsh, DN, Med, ATC, EMT, PRT from DePaul University joined me in presenting PRI’s flagship course, the one and only Postural Respiration. Sue’s experience incorporating PRI into athletic performance and sports medicine made her a valuable resource to the course attendees working in similar environments.
As a group, we worked to keep our focus on two or three key themes throughout the weekend. First, it was made clear that balanced rib movement in all three planes is the key to unlocking the power of the respiration system. Second, we discussed the role the respiratory system played in unlocking the obviously powerful and always relevant nervous system. And then we discussed the relationship between diaphragm posture and core lumbar spine alignment and the value of keeping the diaphragm properly positioned as the rib cage above the diaphragm counter-rotated in the other direction for rotational performance.
Thank you Josh Hostetler, HKC, BS for coming all the way from Cincinnati to help “keep it real”. Your description of left Zone of Apposition and left posterior mediastinal expansion while attempting right trunk rotation was about as straight forward and good as it gets. “Just dive down and in on the left below the diaphragm (with good breathing) as you bring the cage around to the right above the diaphragm”. Love the simplicity. And thank you Avis Leung, PT for helping us all see human scoliosis when we looked closely at the Left AIC/Right BC pattern. You were a great addition to a very interesting and fun group of professionals. It has been fun to watch the growing enthusiasm for PRI in and around Chicago over the last 3-5 years. 


 

Posted November 12, 2015 at 8:46AM
Categories: Courses

So off I went again for one of my final stops on my 2015 teaching tour for PRI.  This weekend I found myself in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Thank you Brad and Mike for being gracious hosts at Premier Orthopaedics.  Once again, this class was full of new clinicians taking their first PRI course. I was joined by my friend Connor Ryan who was a great help keeping me on task.  One Myokinematic Restoration concept that we crushed was #holecontrol.  We colored the Obturator green, used our hands to gain an appreciation for its attachment sites and its importance of AF position and control as it relates to the Left AIC pattern.  Many Myokin trees were climbed and other rabbit holes were peered into all weekend long.  Overall, I am proud of my course attendees for opening their minds and practices to the science of PRI!  Good luck and welcome to the #PRINation.  

Posted November 10, 2015 at 8:45AM
Categories: Courses

This past weekend I rounded out an intense year of teaching across the country and around the world by heading to California Rehab and Sports Therapy   It was there that I taught Myokinematics to a group of PT's, ATC's and CSCS's who were essentially new to the world of PRI.  Alan Vogel PT was our host and the class caught-on to the concepts very quickly!  The labs were intense with tons of questions throughout.  Thanks to so many of the attendees who made the weekend seem to fly by for me.  You all are the best and I am confident that our paths will cross again.  Claudia and Theresa thank you for dinner and your friendship.  December takes me to Lincoln, NE for Advanced Integration and testing for many potential  future PRC's.  Good luck to you all as you near the completion of this exhaustive process!!!

Posted November 6, 2015 at 12:39PM
Categories: Courses

I was encouraged to share my experiences as a Right Torsion patient who was repositioned by Ron Hruska at the Cervical Revolution seminar in NYC this past September.

I've been studying and using PRI on myself (and some clients) for the past three years. I had been able to get my pelvis neutral, but I was never able to get my upper body completely neutral, despite working on it consistently.

I initially approached Ron at the Impingement and Instability course in April 2015, in regards to the tinnitus I've had since the age of 14. He took a look at my teeth and noticed my right sided cross-bite. He told me I'd probably need dental/orthodontic work but that I should come to the Cervical Revolution course in September.

*I'd like to make it clear that Ron didn't say my tinnitus was caused by the cross-bite. My understanding was that it was possible that jaw/ear canal misalignment could contribute to tinnitus, but he wasn't guaranteeing it.

On the first day of the CR course, Ron told me that I'd be his model for a Right Torsion patient for the class to see, but that he'd use me on Sunday. I was very excited by this news. However, he did put me through some PRI tests on Saturday in front of the class, and I was clearly a PEC, and I couldn't rotate my head left, nor sidebend left. He then gave me a mouthguard to wear and told me to walk around the room. Upon my first few steps my right leg buckled and I got quite disoriented. My PRI tests didn't clear up completely, but I was disoriented for about an hour afterwards.

On Sunday Ron called me up again, had the entire class inspect my cross-bite, and then repositioned me using Standing Alternating Reciprocal Cranial Expansion while wearing the mouthguard.

All my PRI tests cleared up immediately. It was quite an experience.

Here are my other observations over the past month:

1. I am able to find my left ischial seat without having to consciously do so.
2. I was able to feel me right medial arch and big right toe while walking without having to consciously do so.
3. My chin straightened out (it had been pointing right). I now have left molar to molar contact. Previously I'd have to move my jaw to the left to get contact on the left.
4. I'm pretty sure my voice sounds different although no one else seems to have noticed. I was unaware of the effect that repositioning could have on voice when I noticed the difference, so I don't think I was engaging in any type of confirmation bias. I had one client tell me I looked different, though she couldn't figure out why.
5. My eyesight improved. I only wear reading glasses (1.5, I think). While still adjusting to being repositioned, I glanced at the manual and my notes and noticed that the print in both appeared larger, and I could actually read both without my glasses. Neither were perfectly clear, but I could read them (my notes on the green paper was actually more clear). I can now read the newspaper without my glasses as long as there is sufficient light. Natural sunlight is the best. Fluorescent light is the worst and I have to squint. I'm still wearing the reading glasses and have been encouraged to do so by an optometrist who is part of the PRI Google group. However, it's nice to know that I can actually read something if I don't have my glasses with me.
6. I tend to feel my left glute medius more easily in PRI exercises. I used to really struggle to feel it.

Unfortunately, my upper body does not always stay repositioned. My footwear that I use for one of my jobs is less than optimal, and I can feel it in my left mid-back when I'm going PEC again. On the other hand, I almost never feel myself going PEC when I am wearing my Asics Foundations. But it is easy enough to reposition with the mouthguard and the aforementioned technique when I get home.

So, those are my experiences. Hope you find them useful or interesting.

Neal Hallinan
CSCS

Posted November 5, 2015 at 3:41PM
Categories: Courses Patients

A big thank you to Ron, Joe, Mike and all the gang at the Tampa Bay Rays organization for being such generous hosts this weekend. Tropicana Field was a great place to hold the PRI Integration for Baseball course and it was great to be in the company of such great people with a passion for learning and practical application.

Allen and I taught phases of normal human gait during the introduction and then applied these gait principles to the art of understanding pitching and hitting mechanics for the rest of the course. The slow motion video really helped attendees analyze what is expected for both a right-handed player and a left-handed player during Stride to Cocking phases and also Acceleration to Follow-through phases. It was refreshing for the group to note the similarities between body requirements for pitching and body requirements for hitting, right down to scapular, humeral, forearm and wrist performance.

Allen again did a fantastic job helping the group understand how alternating reciprocal arm movement in three planes drives alternating reciprocal thorax and rib cage movement for baseball performance. The group was able to take what they already understand about pitching and hitting mechanics and expand upon it as they analyzed dynamic rib cage and thorax posture. It was great to see a group of baseball and movement professionals get excited about looking at throwing and hitting mechanics through a different lens. Pun intended Heidi
 

Posted November 5, 2015 at 8:22AM
Categories: Courses Athletics

Wrapped up a weekend in Columbus, Ohio the heart of Ohio State University nation to discuss Pelvis Restoration as a part of PRI Nation.  I really enjoyed getting to know this group of clinicians and coaches as we focused on functional application of utilizing this treatment paradigm with their athletes of all ages.  Great questions and discussions from an attentive, group of learners from many walks about ability to bounce, to be able to integrate a pattern with inlet and outlet positions being a key to said integration of a system.  Many thanks to Chris and Brittany for your help with host responsibilities, to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for letting us utilize their massive, gorgeous Sports Med facility and to all the participants who engaged throughout the weekend!  

Posted November 4, 2015 at 2:57PM
Categories: Courses
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