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Blog Posts in November 2017

James and I recently taught the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement at a great Facility outside of DC in Frederick MD. A big thank you to Josh Funk and his staff at Rehab 2 Perform for hosting! It was an awesome weekend with a good mix of PRI experienced professionals and first timers. Thank you all who attended! We were able to introduce the science of PRI as well as the neurorespiratory mechanical relationships of core stabilization, rotational control, and breathing. Sagittal, frontal and transverse plane mechanics were broken down and key relationships were taught for movement analysis and proper execution with PRI activities.

This course wrapped up the 2017 schedule. I am very thankful for a great year and even more appreciative of the feedback and ability to learn from others every time we share this material! The Fitness and Movement course continues to evolve and improve. James and I are excited to launch some new content for 2018 including new PRI activities and improved programming recommendations. I wish all a blessed Holiday season! Thanks for the continual support and hope to see you at one of our courses in 2018! Happy Holidays!

Posted November 28, 2017 at 10:14AM

PRI Integration for Baseball (Phoenix Arizona) Another first class weekend at the Salt River Fields in Scottsdale Arizona teaching PRI Integration for Baseball with Ben Hagar, DPT, CSCS, PRC. A big thank you to the entire Diamondbacks staff for hosting a great event and making sure we had everything that we needed. Guys like Ryne Eubanks, ATC, Max Esposito, PT, ATC, and Joe Rosauer, MS, ATC were always a step ahead of us providing the necessary set up, food and drinks and the lab equipment we needed. Thanks guys. And thank you to Taylor Lewis, CSCS, PRT for serving as our lab assistant throughout the weekend.

It was great to connect with some old friends and colleagues from my days living and working in Omaha, Mike Bartels, PT, PRC and Eric Pinkall, PT, PRC. Also great to see my PRC classmate and longtime friend from Minneapolis, Karen Jiran, MPT, ATC, PRC and to have her colleague Libby Lostetter, DPT, PRC attend with her. It was great to see some PRI regulars like Kim Hart, DPT, Keisuke Kanno, DPT, CSCS, and Brian Benjamin, DPT and also to get the opportunity to meet some new professionals like Jonathan Erb, PT, Hiroko Sato, ATC, Lilly Baker-Lubin, BASI, DNSET, MS and Terry Phillips, DPT. You guys were all fantastic additions to a great group and a great course.

After introducing the class to the science of PRI and the patterned human body, Ben took over and went into the fundamentals of early phase and late phase throwing mechanics. He broke down the ideal mechanics for optimal performance and compared each phase of throwing to a phase of the gait cycle. He then used slow motion video analysis and the mechanical movement charts in the course manual to break down throwing dysfunction. He did the same thing for hitting mechanics and compared right handed player issues to left handed player issues.

On the second day Ben introduced the three baseball performance tests, quadruped, sitting and standing. The lab experience allowed each attendee to get a good feel for the components of movement being tested with each test. We then then teamed up to break down the three thoracic rotational patterns and treatment recommendations for each. The treatment lab was heavily focused on Superior T4 Syndrome because of its high frequency in baseball athletes. The end of the course outlined training recommendations for early and late phase throwing for both right and left handed players. Another really great weekend integrating PRI with all things baseball.

Posted November 27, 2017 at 3:38PM
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We are so thankful for all of you who have who supported us throughout the years. PRI will be closed to observe Thanksgiving November 23-November 26. Enjoy the time with your family and friends!

Posted November 22, 2017 at 3:07PM
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This past weekend I had the pleasure of presenting Pelvis Restoration for the 3rd time in the last month! I did a course swap earlier this year as I couldn't pass up the opportunity to teach PRI in the Big Apple! My kids had a few days off from school, so we made it a family getaway. And..... My niece Kirsten who goes to school in Florida, just happened to be in the City with her Advertising club. There is nothing better than family and PRI! We spent a few days touring the city and eating our way around town. We took in a Broadway show and visited the 9/11 museum and memorial. It was a nice way to commemorate Veterans Day. Once the family fun was over, it was off to teach at Finish Line PT. This place is just so cool. I taught at this facility around 3 years ago. It is always great to teach again at the facilities that I have taught in the past. This group has taken on a passion for PRI and loves to host courses! Can't wait to come back again in the future.

Pelvis Restoration is all about the frontal plane. I think I might have repeated the femur, pelvic outlet and pelvic inlet frontal plane relationships at least 25 times. I was going for 50, but I think they got it! This group of clinicians were not afraid to ask questions to better understand the material. I had a group of experienced clinicians and first timers that we affectionately refer to as "newbies" The newbies were definitely getting it! At the first break, I was approached by Courtney Pierre who was taking his 3rd PRI course. He was not certain he was understanding PRI, but after my initial remarks, his Ah Ha moments were happening and I am so glad he shared that with me. For those that have learned from me, I know you know how much I love to teach PRI and help bring people to a greater understanding of this integrated science.  Pelvis Restoration is a great platform to begin a PRI journey as it is a bit integrated.

Another special shout out goes to our token Pilates Instructor Maddy Kulesik. Maddy came to the course on the special encouragement from her parents Pat and Ellen. They just happen to be patients and clients of ours in NC. Maddy did great and loved her first PRI course. I don't think it will be her last. Way to go Maddy.

Thanks again to everyone who spent their weekend with me at Finish Line. The staff were amazing hosts and made me feel right at home. This was my last course of 2017 and I will hit the road again in the summer of 2018. Thanks to Jen and Ron for giving me an extended break to spend with my daughter Madison as she will flying out of our nest and off to college next year.

Until we meet again... Have a blessed Holiday Season and Happy New Year.

Posted November 15, 2017 at 4:53PM
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If you ask any of our PRI faculty, the one thing that consistently makes every course enjoyable to teach is the course attendees. And the attendees in St. Louis for Myokinematic Restoration last weekend were no exception. It was a very rewarding experience to share the science of PRI to so many new health care professionals. We had 36 individuals who were experiencing PRI for the first time.

We were able to navigate positions, patterns, and mechanics, while not forgetting that position dictates function. Moving on into myokinematic performance, we were able to solidify the concepts through examples of Boy Bands, the Hamstring being the Gate keeper of the Gait Cycle, and why being The Hulk all the time is not necessarily a good thing. My thanks to Rachael Durnell, Timothy McArthur, Damon Reel, Matthew Rosenboom, and Chris Wolbert for keeping us on track with their questions.

Understanding the asymmetrical nature of the AIC pattern and how positional testing interpretation changes once that asymmetry is observed and appreciated can be a difficult task. However, this group took to this concept well. Which then allowed our progression through the Hruska Adduction and Abduction Lift tests to be a seamless transition.

My thanks to Chris Matarazzo, Mark Coalson (Mark and I went to PT school together), and Ellie Huff for allowing us to use them for demonstration purposes. We had some powerful demonstrations that allowed us to see the neuromuscular influence PRI has on the human body. A huge thanks to Nancy Hammond and Leslie Callaham for their help during the entire weekend, particularly during the lab sessions. And another huge "Thank You" to our host site, Complete Fitness Results. What a great group of people, a fantastic space, and a very enjoyable weekend.

Posted November 15, 2017 at 3:43PM
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Salem is a beautiful city about an hour's drive south of Portland depending on the traffic and time of day. My GPS routed me through rolling hills of fall colors, farmland, vineyards and past Klamath Falls. This course was hosted at Salem Health in their new rehab facility which is so busy that they are outgrowing the space just two years after construction. The facility is state-of-the-art with large windows looking at trees turning fall colors outside with green everywhere you looked. The real show was the participation of the students that had diverse professional backgrounds that included physical therapy, chiropractic, athletic training, strength and conditioning and massage therapy. There were five athletic trainers that represented two teams from major league baseball and their questions came in fast, accurate and intelligent with no curve balls! Members of the rehab team from Salem Health represented their facility by not only providing this venue but bringing energy to the whole weekend. Shout out to Mark Kucey for his recipes for an autoclave and his engineer mind with restates and questions. In fact, this entire group of students was quick with restates and questions that mattered to the rest of the class and lifted everyone's game including this faculty member! Huge kudos to lab assistant Tina Haiser, DPT, PRC and super Lisa Davis, PTA for doing the behind-the-scenes hard work of food, signing people into the course and making the weekend run smoothly for all involved.

Every course can use more time in lab is a general consensus. This weekend was no exception however lab time was ample enough to give everyone a chance to be introduced to and practice the Three Big manual techniques including L AIC, Superior T-4 and Subclavius release.

The demonstration for determining if a patient is a Superior T-4 Syndrome individual went very well considering the subject is a running coach and sees this issue in all of her patients. It was a first time for her in Postural Respiration and as a side note after the technique was demonstrated on her, she experienced a change in her neck symptoms and cuboid symptoms as well for the better. Needless to say there was no shortage of enthusiasm from the entire group and in short it was a faculty member's dream team of diverse professions sharing a common goal to help others while expanding their knowledge. One of the questions that came up is if an athlete has a pattern they rely on for performance will introducing a new pattern affect their performance? We don't want to take anyone's performance pattern away. We simply want to give them a place to find and feel new places to go in their body to rest, recover and restore.

Posted November 10, 2017 at 10:25AM
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It was a beautiful fall weekend in the suburbs of Philly! I was welcomed back to Premier Orthopedics to teach the newly revised Pelvis Restoration this past weekend. I had taught the Myokinematics course at this location 2 years ago. It is always great to return to a host site and see some familiar faces in the group. Thank-you Justine deLuccio, PT for sharing your patient successes and passion for PRI with me and the group. It is always refreshing to help guide clinicians on their PRI journey. I was joined by my able Lab Assistant Miguel Aragoncillo, PRT and thanks Jon Herting and Jon May for being repeat course participants of my classes. It feels good to build these friendships across the country and share the science of PRI.

Pelvis Restoration is a great first course for new clinicians to take. Understanding the influences of stance and swing as it relates to frontal plane control and respiratory influences of the pelvic and respiratory diaphragms is a great way to enter the science of PRI. I LOVE teaching this course, because I love the depth of information it allows me to share. Thanks to my new NYC friends and their help during demonstrations. Your smiling faces in the group always energize me! Tim Corker did a great job as the host coordinator and I wish him all the best as he integrates PRI into his practice. A very special shout out to Andrea Chellini, PT who came all the way from Florence Italy to take his second PRI course here in the USA. The global reach of PRI never ceases to amaze me. So I think I need to create a new PRI hashtag. It feels good to grow the #PRIWORLD. Here also is a pic of me with the Liberty Bell. Let freedom ring! Proud to be an American!

Posted November 7, 2017 at 11:01AM

Myokinematic Restoration (San Diego, CA) Had a very nice weekend in Southern California teaming up with Skip George, DC, PRC to teach the Myokinematic Restoration course at Water and Sports PT. Its great when one of our courses is close enough to another PRI faculty member and they are able to assist in a course as lab assistant. Thank you Skip for sharing you insights and experience with the class during our lab time.

The Myokinematic Restoration course is one of the original two courses of the institute, following the flagship Postural Respiration course. Much of the course content started as a Protonics course that both Mike Cantrell and I were fortunate enough to get to teach early in our careers. And when Ron asked Mike to join the two of us as PRI's third faculty member, he asked me to mentor Mike in the presentation of the Myokinematic Restoration course. So Mike and I and this course go way back together and it was just cool that we were both assigned to teach this course in different locations on the same weekend (something that doesn't happen that often any more). He was in Detroit and I was in San Diego, but when Skip helped connect Mike's class with ours via a conference call, it felt just like old times. So thanks Skip, thanks Mike and thank you Detroit class attendees for spending a little of your time with us and allowing us a historical connection.

As far as the course content is concerned, it has evolved to the point of being a really great clinical class. Powerful PRI concepts like ligamentous muscle, obturator hole (acetabular) control, and respiratory inhibition of the Left AIC Pattern were central elements of the course. Recent updates to the Myokinematic treatment algorithm do a great job directing clinicians through the process of advancing their patients up into standing alternating reciprocal activity. The course does a good job using the results from the Hruska Adduction Lift Test and the Hruska Abduction Lift Test to guide the process. The decision making tree for needing inhibition techniques, extra support in standing and integrative support to get the left abdominals to work better with left AFIR is a powerful clinical tool and one the class really appreciated. Loved the class, loved the content and loved the reflection on our institute's history with this course.

Posted November 3, 2017 at 3:29PM

Just returned from a visit to Anchorage, AK and a pleasant, engaged crowd at The Physical Therapy Place. This outsider felt as welcome as I could possibly be for a casserole-eatin' cat from the lower 48!

 Many thanks to Joy Backstrum, PT, PRC, and Katie Piraino, PT from the Physical Therapy Place, a PRC Center, for a delightful weekend that started before the course officially began with high quality music and highest quality people stirred up, ready to learn about the science of PRI. We enjoyed a host of discussions from this group of 2/3 new and 1/3 with varying histories of PR coursework as we journeyed through a lumbopelvicfemoral coursework with a room filled primarily with PT's, PTA's and personal trainers.

We discussed application of the principles of balanced asymmetry through lecture and lab time with acetabulofemoral and femoroacetabular neuromechanical positions, discussed functional laterality and how 'overly normal' individuals often times find their way into a clinical setting. A lively group with excellent attention to detail, we discussed the details of how special tests give information that allows the Myokinematic algorithm to guide treatment to an integrated state to allow laterality both right and left.

Thank you Alec and Jaclyn Levesque for your curious and objective assessment of the science of PRI, and congratulations in your new adventure with the most important job of your lives! Thank you Mary Ann Ghosn for the reasonable and rational questions throughout the course, to Owen Mandanas for your unique dental perspective and input. Thank you Dave Lyons and Fred "Not Dave" Lief, as well as Lauren Schritter, Corina Carlson, Jay Cherok among others for your help with lab demonstrations and illustrations throughout the course.

Thoroughly enjoyed my brief stint on the edge of the last frontier learning with all who attended! Thank you again Alaska crew!

Posted November 3, 2017 at 8:31AM

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