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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.