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Blog Posts in November 2013

The 2014 PRI Programs & Courses Brochure is finished. CLICK HERE to view a digital copy! The brochures will also be mailed out in the next two weeks. Also inlcuded in this year's brochure are the PRI Affiliate Courses and PRI Vision Courses.

Posted November 27, 2013 at 3:25PM
Categories: Courses

We are excited to announce that Sarah Hannon has recently joined the PRI office as Education, Advertising & Marketing Coordinator. Sarah has already jumped into full gear and has helped us make the finishing touches to the 2014 brochure, which will be mailed out in just a couple weeks! She will also be scheduling and coordinating all PRI courses, so if you are hosting a PRI course in 2014, Sarah will be your main contact in our office. To learn more about Sarah, click here!

Posted November 25, 2013 at 11:23AM

I spent the weekend in Phoenix, Arizona for Impingement and Instability, and as expected, the room was full of expert clinicians and expert performance professionals who also turned out to be a lot of fun. Nate from the Arizona Diamondbacks had my number before I even got off the plane because he had seen my home study Myokinematic Restoration course and had some feelings about the “Going Gainesville” story I used in the video. Turns out, he attended the University of Florida and is a first class Gator-lover.  After taking a jab at my alma mater, UNLV, and then realizing that I was just as fun as he is, he gave me a wink and asked if I would join him for a picture with his 7½ foot Alligator he just happened to have in his truck.  We all decided to give a nod to the U of F and abduct our right hips with our right ab wall and right vastus lateralis for the picture, (even Allen Gruver’s sons can Go Gainesville!).

Our discussion of Reference Center Integration for this course started in the posterior mediastinum with a picture of the thoracic sympathetic ganglia and a demonstration to help us appreciate the problem with the flat thoracic spine and hyperextension postures.  It became clear that neurology starts and stops in the posterior mediastinum with thoracic flexion and symmetrical patterns of breathing.  I even taught Lance, a student physical therapist a new pick up line for all of his potential girlfriends with a flat thoracic spine/superior T4 syndrome.  If the autonomics are overactive toward the sympathetic side of performance, you’ve gotta tell her, “baby, your ganglia are hot!”  Someone’s gotta tell her why she’s so extended.

Posted November 22, 2013 at 1:43PM
Categories: Courses

As many of you know, shoes are always changing. The Hruska Clinic has updated their shoe list, and you can access it HERE! The Asics Foundations are still expected to make their return in early January, so keep your eye out for more information as we near the New Year!

Posted November 20, 2013 at 12:31PM
Categories: Athletics

Wellsboro, PA (Myokinematic Restoration) - I had a great weekend teaching a Myokinematics of the Hip and Pelvis in Wellsboro, PA.  Wellsboro is a quaint little town home to the Grand Canyon!  Who knew? The majority of the group of PT’s, ATC’s and massage therapists were all taking their first PRI course. It never gets old watching new clinicians switch gears from an orthopedic mindset to the power of Respiration and Neurology. I often find a few clinicians that become “My Key Muscles” for the course. Here I am flanked by two good sports, Dan the Man Right Glut Max on my right and Eyebrows Eric was my Left Glut Medius. I just love teaching this course for the Postural Restoration Institute. I look forward to taking a break from a busy fall schedule to spend time with my family and enjoy the holiday season! Thanks to all my students in 2013 for sharing their insights and laughing at my not always funny jokes! Peace.- Jen Poulin

Salem, OR (Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration) - "This TMCC course was enhanced not only by the forward thinking, well-prepared attendees, but by a cranio-mandibular dentist who contributed greatly. What a great opportunity for future course attendees....find a local dentist to work with and get them to come to the course with you. Salem Health is a great host site! This course will continue to evolve in the future and bridge thoracic-pelvic treatment to cranio function and OA position, as a result of experiences that I had at Salem and will have at other future presentations." - Ron Hruska

Posted November 15, 2013 at 1:24PM
Categories: Courses

Recently Ron Hruska and I went to the Univeristy of Nebraska to sit down with the Director of Strength & Conditioning, Mike Arthur to discuss the "Arthur Squat Model". To learn more about this model, check out the video below. The Arthur Squat Model can be purchased for $50 (plus shipping) by calling the Postural Restoration Institute at 888.691.4583 or email Jen.

Posted November 13, 2013 at 4:23PM
Categories: Athletics Videos

Julie Blandin, PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC was featured this week in a 2nd interview with Joe Heiler on SportsRehabExpert.com. This was a follow-up to the webinar that she presented on SportsRehabExpert.com in May.

CLICK HERE to access Julie's most recent interview (if you are not a member, you can do a trial session). You might also want to check out some other interviews and articles about PRI on SportsRehabExpert.com, featuring: Ron Hruska, Neil Rampe, Michael Mullin and Kevin Neeld.

PRC therapist Oliver Hall recently emailed me this great article, Right thoracic curvature in the normal spine. This article has been added to the PRI library and also the reference list for the Advanced Integration course, where nearly a full day is spent discussing curvature of the spine.

Posted November 8, 2013 at 12:34PM
Categories: Articles

Tucson, Arizona in November is just about as good as it gets for comfortable weather and I enjoyed every minute. I had a great weekend seeing some old friends and discussing hot topics like breathing, the posterior mediastinum and human performance while teaching the Postural Respiration course. I saw this awesome license plate cover in the parking lot on the way into the course and knew it was going to be a great weekend.  Anyone who asks if you can ”inhale in a state of exhalation” is definitely into muscle inhibition, autonomic control via the diaphragm and tri-planar performance.

A big thank you to Brett Johnson and Maximum Impact Physical Therapy for hosting and to a very enthusiastic group of therapy, training, performance, and strength professionals. Five major league baseball organizations were represented and I got to see my old friend, Jimmy “The Pioneer” Southard of the Seattle Mariners. Thanks for fanning the flame Jimmy. You’re awesome. 

Thoracic flexion was the heart and soul of our 2 day discussion.  A greater appreciation for the location of the sympathetic trunk/ganglion in the posterior mediastinum and the neurologic impact on all body systems when this ganglion gets compressed helped us understand the far reaching negative impact of promoting extension.  And how else are you going to unlock the transverse plane performance that we all need for doing things like pitch a baseball?

Posted November 6, 2013 at 3:41PM
Categories: Courses

If you are hoping to attend the Advanced Integration course in Lincoln, NE on December 5-8th, I would recommend registering soon! Only 8 spots remain available for this four day course, which is offered only once a year. You can register online or by calling us at 888-691-4583!

Posted November 4, 2013 at 3:18PM
Categories: Courses

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