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Blog Posts in November 2008

We are busy at PRI preparing for our 4-day Advanced Integration course followed by two days of Postural Restoration Certification (PRC). Fifty-two health professionals from 17 different states will all be making the trip to Lincoln, Nebraska to attend the course. Our office will be open during the course and PRC but we will be limited in the time we’re able to respond to calls and emails. It will be business as usual on Wednesday, December 10th. Next year, Advanced Integration is scheduled only once on December 3-6, 2009 with PRC testing on December 7th and 8th.

Posted November 26, 2008 at 10:37AM

The 2009 PRI Course Brochure is nearly complete! Our comprehensive booklet-style brochure with 40 different course dates and locations is sure to be a handy guide to planning your continuing education for next year. This brochure will be available for online viewing as a green alternative but if you’re hoping to receive yours in the mail this year, be sure to join our mailing list soon! If you have attended a course previously or have already requested to be placed on our mailing list, you will be receiving your brochure by the end of the year.  Please remember that our brochures are mailed only once a year so be sure to keep it in a safe place for future reference. You can also receive reminders about upcoming courses in your area via email or by checking our website for schedule updates.  To join our mailing list, click here!

Posted November 25, 2008 at 10:38AM
Categories: Courses

The Dental Physician written by Aelred Fonder, DDS, FRSH is the newest book in PRI.  Published in1977, this book provides great insight into treating the patient as a whole “system” rather than treating “dental issues.” 

“Contemporary medical evidence of the unity of the human person abounds, but to present it would be to write our book in one chapter, for it is this concept which is the basic idea of the present work.  The dentist is not dealing with teeth or peridontal tissue alone; he is dealing with a united soma, and more especially, he is treating the total person.” - Chapter One

A decendent of the late Aelred Fonder recently responded to our request for information about purchasing this valuable book.  Dr. Felker has made this book available by calling him directly at 815-625-0346. The proceeds are directed to Dr. Fonder’s wife. The cost is estimated at $100 but we’ve found the contents to be priceless.

Posted November 24, 2008 at 10:40AM
Categories: Articles

Last weekend was the Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration Course here at PRI.  Among other things, the attendees briefly covered the importance of splint therapy.  “A Gelb Splint is a mandibular splint with acrylic coverage over the posteriors. A metal lingual bar is usually the major connector, which allows for plenty of tongue room. Occlusion on the Gelb splint is upper lingual cusps touching a lower flat or indented occlusal pad. This splint is usually made to a repositioned bite, bringing the mandible slightly forward.”  Here is a video of a gentleman with and without his Gelb Splint.  Notice his change in gait once he removes the splint and loses contact:

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Posted November 20, 2008 at 10:42AM
Categories: Videos

We recently added a new area on the PRI products page titled “Manuals”.  For those of you interested in purchasing a re-print of a course you attended a few years back or for those interested in purchasing a course manual to a course you have not attended, click here!  Additions and updates are continually added to all course material.  If you register for a course, you will be given an updated manual at the time of the course!

Posted November 17, 2008 at 10:46AM
Categories: Website

We have picked a date for our one day clinical course, Postural Restoration, in Woodbury, Minnesota!  Mark your calendars for March 28!  This one day review, demonstration, and lab course provides a number of PRI resources that are related to concepts covered in Myokinematic Restoration and Postural Respiration.  Space is limited, register early!

Posted November 14, 2008 at 10:48AM
Categories: Courses

A while back we referenced an article titled, “Vertical Facial Dimensions Linked to Abnormal Foot Motion”, by Brian A. Rothbart.  I received an email from Professor Rothbart after he saw this reference and suggested we also take a look at his website.  Professor Rothbart’s site has great information that is very similar to the information presented in PRI courses.  Some of this information has been referenced throughout the Impingement and Instability course and also the Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration course. 

Posted November 13, 2008 at 10:50AM
Categories: Clinicians

With all the people studying for certification this year, we have been getting some great questions!  Yesterday, I received this question:  “What is PRI’s stance on pec minor vs. pec major”.  When discussing the pec minor vs. pec major you have to consider the right pec minor vs. the left pec major.  The pec minor on the right side in a right BC pattern acts as an internal rotator with the right latissimus.  The right pec minor pulls your shoulder forward and compresses your right chest wall decreasing the abilitly to get right apical expansion.  When performing a right subclavious technique, you are also trying to inhibit the right pec minor.  Once you have restored right humeral glenoid internal rotation, you then retrain the right subscapularis to perform right internal rotation without compensation from the right pec minor and right latissimus.  In a right BC pattern, because of the orientation of the spine, the left pec major becomes tight, pulling the sternum and the shoulder girdle together.  On the left, you are working to inhibit the pec major by performing a left pectoralis stretch.  What a great question!

[Bobbie Rappl] Posted November 12, 2008 at 9:22am by Bobbie Rappl.
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Posted November 12, 2008 at 11:06AM
Categories: Articles

Ron Hruska has been sited again in the Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences.  “Physiotherapeutic treatment for temporomandibular disorders (TMD)” written by Grossi and Chaves discusses considerations that need to be made when treating TMD.  “One of the most important approachs for TMD physical therapy treatment must be the modification of craniocervical biomechanics and its effects to posture as an etiologic or perpetuating TMD factor”.  To access this complete article, click here!

Posted November 10, 2008 at 11:08AM
Categories: Articles

For those of you that have attended the Impingement and Instability course, you understand the concept of right compensatory femoral acetabular internat rotation (FA IR) and right compensatory tibial femoral external rotation (TF ER).  Here is a fabulous video that shows this pattern!

Posted November 7, 2008 at 11:11AM
Categories: Videos
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