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For those of you that have had the chance to read the technique of the week I thought I would share my discussion with Ron Hruska.  I’ll be honest, at first I was a little puzzled when he started discussing GH movement and upper trap contraction promoting GH abduction?  After we talked about it, I was able to visualize the glenoid being similar to the acetabulum.  I was able to pull together the muscular influences of FA and AF in comparison to GH and HG.  After more discussion I realized that this technique could quite possibly be a functional upper extremity test similar to the Hruska Adduction Lift Test.  If the patient can’t perform this technique without activating on their neck, they still do not have their frontal plane.  You, as a clinician would need to go back to the integrative sidelying techniques that incorporate a left internal oblique with right thoracic adduction and left femoral adduction before your patient is capable of performing a Sidelying Hip Lift.  It took me a while to absorb the complexity of this technique and I’m still not 100% there, but I now have a better understanding of the integrative tri-planar control this technique offers our patients and the objectivity this technique offers us as clinicians in assessing and progressing our patient’s programs!

Posted February 16, 2009 at 12:06PM
Categories: Techniques

We have posted a brand new Technique of the Week!  We realize that it is long overdue, however, we promise you won’t be disappointed!  This technique is comprised of seven hand written pages and is said to be by the author, Ron Hruska, ”the best sidelying activity that incorporates the inhibitory processes needed to reduce Left AIC / Right BC tone in the upright individual”.

Posted February 13, 2009 at 12:09PM
Categories: Techniques

Why Does the Lung Hyperinflate, written by Gary Ferguson is the most recent article being filed in PRI.  This article discusses the effects of hyperinflation on COPD.  “Hyperinflated lungs can produce significant detrimental effects on breathing, as highlighted by improvements in patient symptoms after lung volume reduction surgery”.  To access this article, click here!

Posted February 11, 2009 at 12:10PM
Categories: Articles

This picture is a great example of an individual who appears to have a lot of right FA ER but when you sit them up to measure their ROM, they have limited right FA ER.  They have actually subluxed their right hip because of the position of their pelvis.  Even though this patient visually appears to have a lot of FA ER, they actually need a right glute max program to stabilize their right pelvis and help maintain pelvic neutrality and right AF ER so that appropriate, non hip flexor oriented, hip rotational strength can occur.

Posted February 6, 2009 at 12:13PM
Categories: Clinicians

...written by Craig Liebenson is the latest book being passed around PRI.  This book is a compilation of interdisciplinary treatment approaches to improve clinical outcomes.  With our first annual Interdisciplinary Integration course soon approaching, this book couldn’t have fallen into our hands at a more appropriate time!  Also, we were delighted to find that in Chapter 17 of this book, Rehabilitation of Breathing Pattern Disorders, Ron Hruska was referenced.  In addition to Hruska being referenced, many other familiar references were used to complete this book…Hodges, Chaitow, Janda, De Troyer, Travell, etc…

There are several websites that sell this book, we feel it is definitely worth having around!  You can preview some of the pages from this book by clicking here!

Posted February 4, 2009 at 12:17PM
Categories: Books

Michael Mullin of OA Physical Therapy Center in Portland, Maine recently shared with us a great article that discusses forced exhalation rather than valsalva maneuver during maximal force productivity. Click here to read more.

Posted January 30, 2009 at 11:30AM
Categories: Articles

For those of you spreading the word about our first annual Interdisciplinary Integration course, the course brochure has been completed.  If you would like to print off a copy to handout to a colleague, click here.  If you would like us to mail you or someone you know a brochure, join our mailing list.  We are very excited about this upcoming course!

Posted January 29, 2009 at 11:32AM
Categories: Courses

Written by Aline Newton, Breathing in the Gravity, is the latest article added to our recommended reading list for Postural Respiration.  To read this article, click here!  To learn more about Aline Newton, click here!

Posted January 28, 2009 at 12:00PM
Categories: Articles

In the Left AIC patterned individual, harnessing the crossed extensor reflexes on the right and optimizing the crossed extensor reflexes on the left is encouraged.

During flexion, activation occurs at the ankle (dorsiflexion), then continues up to the knee joint and the hip.  This is usually often seen on the left and why some coaches ask athletes to “cock the toe” or “pull toes up”. The ankle joint is the foundation of flexion.

Activation for extension starts at the hip and moves down to the knee and ankle, creating the leg drive commonly referred to as triple extension.  This is often seen on the right.

Which specific toe would you remove to create a functional obligatory Left AIC pattern? Click here for the answer.

Posted January 27, 2009 at 12:02PM
Categories: Techniques

Megan Bollinger, MPT of Peak Performance in Bemidji, MN was kind enough to share with us her patient’s account of treatment with Postural Restoration. 

45 Years of Chronic Pain—Then Postural Restoration Crossed My Path

When I was about 5 years old, I fell off a chair and had a brain concussion that affected my vision.  I still remember what it looked like to have triple vision, then everything being all white, then all black – all the while feeling nauseous and having a pounding headache.  The following year I was riding on the rock wagon in our farm field, kicking at the wheel (which I knew I wasn’t supposed to do), when it caught my foot and the next thing I remembered was seeing the sky come into view as the wagon rolled across my left hip.  The field was just plowed, so I was pushed down into the dirt when I was run over, and walked away with just scratches and a tire track across my upper thigh. Read more here.

Posted January 26, 2009 at 12:04PM
Categories: Clinicians


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