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Blog Posts in 2017

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

Detroit Medical Center did it again! They hosted their second PRI course: Myokinematic Restoration. Last year they hosted Postural Respiration. The class was full of "first-timers" to PRI and by the end of the weekend they seemed pretty excited to pursue this revolutionary approach to physical medicine. As we delved into human asymmetry and the Anterior Interior Chain I took a minute to call my buddy James Anderson who was teaching the same course in San Diego. Both classes had a chance to say "hi" and have a brief visit over speaker phone. That was fun! My class is going to be disappointed to learn that my group picture didn't "save". To the group I say: "I'm sorry y'all ". However, thanks to Shelly DeRuiter PT, PRC, I have some good candid photos! I cannot say enough about Shelly. She was an excellent lab assistant and her kindness and knowledge was evident throughout the weekend. Shelly lives in Holland, Michigan now and is building her stellar practice just like when she was back in Iowa. I am a Shelly DeRuiter fan! To those of you who took this Myokinematics course this weekend remember what I said at the end: PRI is here to help. We sincerely want you to succeed with this material. Good luck with your patients and together we can learn this complex material. I hope you enjoy your paradigm shift and your new journey as much as I have!

Posted October 31, 2017 at 9:30AM

THRIVE IS HIRING!

Thrive Proactive Health is a Postural Restoration Certified Center and a privately owned wellness clinic in beautiful Virginia Beach, VA. We are growing and looking to expand and grow our Physical Therapy Team!

Ideal candidate must enjoy learning and communicating with other PTs, PTAs, and massage therapists that look at human biomechanical relationships through a Postural Restoration®(PRI) lens. We focus on providing individualized care using a team approach and incorporate various tools and therapies to treat hyperactivity and impaired mobility including Graston, Dry Needling, and Vacuum Cupping. Postural Restoration is a specialized form of PT that all of our staff members are trained in and every patient is evaluated using a PRI framework. 

There is a lot of opportunity for professional growth for those that may be interested. We are looking for someone who is excited to grow with an innovative practice and we welcome ideas for program development. Our mission is to responsibly optimize health and wellness care delivery by focusing on enhancing the customer experience. We strive to provide quality, innovation, and teamwork to be industry leaders helping more people THRIVE in a culture where healthcare is changing. 

Virginia State License is required and minimum of two years of experience along with experience with Postural Restoration® is preferred. A variety of employee benefits are available for team members that qualify, which include health care, paid time off, bonuses, and incentive pay based off of team performance.

CLICK HERE to apply in confidence! 

Posted October 30, 2017 at 5:03PM

PRI Integration for Pilates (Chicago, Illinois) Pilates Central in the beautiful city of Chicago was definitely the center of the Pilates universe this last weekend as we were blessed to launch the long awaited PRI Integration for Pilates course. I want to thank the awesome group of dynamic professionals who traveled from virtually every part of the United States, as well as Switzerland and Japan, to be with us. This new course is a powerful addition to the affiliate course line-up and something we were so excited to finally get it off the ground after working so hard on the new manual and course presentation for the last 2 1/2 years.

A big thank you to our two amazing Pilates affiliate course consultants, Donna Parise Byrne and Sarah Petrich. Your professionalism, hard work and persistence definitely paid off putting this course together because the first rendition was a fantastic hit after selling out over 7 months ago. It was an honor to get to learn from you and with you as we teamed up during countless conference calls, video conferences and personal meetings to create and pull all of this together. Seeing the finished course manual in print and seeing the course presentation unfold made me so proud to serve as the director of the affiliate program and to work with such talented people. I loved to see you two shine!

The highlight of the course was definitely all the time spent on the actual reformers experiencing all the new techniques. The last couple hours on day one and virtually all of day two got us out of our chairs and onto the reformers in the lab. Donna was hooked up to a loud speaker most of the second day and she directed everyone through each reformer technique as if each person was one of her personal clients. Her insights and experience in the lab were complimented by Sarah's insights and creativity to make it awesome for everybody.

Some of the great feedback from the course attendees includes: "This was my absolute favorite PRI course to date. Very well organized. Lab was so helpful", "The information was invaluable. Being new to PRI, I left feeling inspired and eager to continue my PRI education", "I loved the class, loved the materials and the instructors were excellent", "It was fantastic to have several hours of practice in small groups to better understand the exercises. I plan to apply this information in the clinic on Monday", "This manual rocked! It was well organized and very detailed. Loved the charts Sarah" and "This course really helped me get it".

Posted October 30, 2017 at 2:18PM

Husker Rehab.

PHYSICAL THERAPIST/Director of Physical Therapy Nebraska City Office.

Seeking to hire Physical Therapists to become part of our growing team in SE Nebraska, and director of Physical Therapy in Nebraska City, NE.

Prefer to hire someone with Postural Restorative therapy experience.

Looking for the right person who is:

•             Clinically driven and self-motivated for this fast paced environment.

•              Value sustained growth and stability with a desire to work within a team of skilled clinicians, and have the integrity and a passion to improve the quality of care in an outpatient clinic setting.

Job Requirements

•             Current NE License preferred

•             Masters in Physical Therapy (minimum)

•             Experience in outpatient orthopedics

•             Prefer minimum one year experience

Husker Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, P.C. offers competitive salary, flexible schedule, and a great benefit package. Life, Health, Dental and Vision insurance paid benefit for professional staff, short and long term disability. 401k retirement plan.

Paid continuing education and APTA dues and many other benefits.

Husker Rehab is a local Therapist owned company providing services in Nebraska for over 30 years.

To learn more about our company go to www.huskerrehab.com

Send Resume to: pgerlach@huskerrehab.com.

Contact Patty Gerlach at pgerlach@huskerrehab.com

(402) 477-3110

Posted October 27, 2017 at 3:48PM

PRI Integration for Geriatrics, St Albans, Vermont-The Green Mountain Range in northern Vermont in peak fall foliage is truly something to see. I met a lot of people who were visiting Vermont during this time of year just to see the beautiful fall colors. The locals call these people "leaf peepers" and I can see why they are so passionate about traveling to these beautiful mountains in October. My wife Karen traveled with me and we spent 3 additional days in and around the Burlington and Stowe areas and just loved it.

The course was held at Northwestern Medical Center in St Albans, Vermont which is north of Burlington. It is not in Canada, but you can see it from there. Thank you to the host site for doing such a great job all weekend and for sending so many of your therapists to the course. I think there were 14 therapists from the host site. It was so great having so many of you there with us. And thank you Carolyn Weber, PT, PRC from Essex Physical Therapy for being there to assist me throughout the course. Your support was a welcome addition to the course.

I met a lot of great people this weekend and I tried to share as many insights on treating the immobile, frail and chronic as possible. You were all great additions to the course and I appreciate you being there. One of you in particular stands out in my mind as a particularly colorful character, Albert Koch, PT. He wore colorful shirts and bright bow ties with matching socks and brought in two bouquets of flowers on the second day, just to brighten our day. He brought a fun sense of humor to the course and truly made our time with him better. I am especially grateful for an email I received from him a few days after the course.

In that email, he writes, "I think I have helped my geriatric patients perform better physically and mentally over the years, with exercise, empathy, and good humor, but now I have some new and interesting ways to add to what I already know. You made me feel very welcome and you are clearly passionate about what you do and you conveyed this to the class in many ways. I enjoyed your humor throughout the weekend and appreciate that you put up with mine. Early in my career I became jaded about going to courses, because presenters would spend hours on theory, and only five minutes on practical application. But you did a nice job of balancing that much better with many exercises that are displayed in a very clear way. I hope you enjoy your time in Vermont. It is a unique and wonderful place."

Thank you Albert, and thank you to everyone we met for making our time in Vermont truly "unique and wonderful".

Posted October 25, 2017 at 3:42PM
Categories: Courses

I have been on the Faculty of PRI for the last 7 years and this weekend was the first time I had taught a full course at the Institute since coming on staff. This weekend was very special to me as I had my dear friend and PRIsister Lori Thomsen as my lab assistant. The entire staff of PRI were there to help me put on the course. It was nice to show up, teach the class and not have to worry about getting everyone signed in! Pelvis Restoration was recently updated to include the Hruska Abduction lift score as the functional performance test to guide a patient who lacks frontal plane of their pelvis on one or both sides. The course material flows nicely as the HABLT is truly a frontal plane test. I had the special privilege of having Ron conduct a "Lunch and Learn" on Friday with my course attendees. He fielded questions on the history of PRI and why he choose to name the asymmetrical pattern the LAIC as well as his own personal story. Having him there made me feel like I was teaching with a life jacket! This was a small group that were 50% new to PRI. I love hearing course attendees talk about what course they are interested in taking next and this course was no exception! Thank-you to Lori, Jen Platt, RJ, Matt and Hannah for making me feel at home.

Posted October 23, 2017 at 3:17PM
Categories: Courses

The Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges provided a spectacular back-drop for Postural Respiration, hosted by Erin Rajca, DPT, PRC, Betsy Baker-Bold, PT, PRC, and Leslie Kinoshita, all PTs with ATI Physical Therapy. The course kicked off with a discussion on the two respiratory diaphragms and how the right hemi-diaphragm over-powers the left, creating the lateralized, predictable patterns of breathing and movement present in us all. This segued into the symbiotic relationship between the hemi- diaphragms and ribs: i.e. well-positioned diaphragms allow rib movement, and proper rib movement/expansion helps to maintain diaphragm position to keep patterned movement in check. This concept was woven into defining the what, why, when, and how of inhibiting the L AIC and facilitating the R AIC to provide a foundation for synchronized movement of a thorax over a pelvis – i.e. early stance phase of gait. This synchronization provides the foundation for the subsequent separation of the thorax on the pelvis at mid to late stance. The end game: alternating, reciprocal – aka “tri-planar” --respiration and movement!

Responding to previous course feedback, a fair amount of time was devoted to practicing the nuances of both non-manual and manual techniques and where they fit into a patient’s/client’s program. Attendees were able to sense rib movement and air flow, in the roles of patient and practitioner, and to sense engagement of the muscles that oppose the patterns. Thank you to our models: Greg Lewerentz, Geneva Bender, Jeremy Kirschner, and Maryann Kuchera (and to Erin Krekling for being a ready and willing back-up). Each of these individuals enabled the class to experience the unique challenges of stiff rib cages, belly breathing tendencies, and/or superior T4 syndrome.

Thank you to all participants this weekend – you were a spirited, engaging group with thoughtful questions and feedback!

Posted October 19, 2017 at 4:29PM
Categories: Courses
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