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Karin Shelstad, ATC and Karen Jiran, MPT, PRC brought our attention to a fantastic article…“Musculoskeletal and neuromuscular interventions: a physical approach to cystic fibrosis” written by Mary Massery, PT, DPT.  This is an article discussing the effects that early physical intervention can have on the physical development of children with CF.  In this article, Massery provides a case study demonstrating how early intervention can play a vital role in slowing down the disease process.  Although the case study was very interesting, I found the most informational area of this article to be found in Massery’s explanation of internal and external pressures on the thoracic and abdominal cavity by using a “soda pop” can analogy!  To access the entire article, click here!

Posted October 9, 2008 at 10:45AM
Categories: Articles

We have all been lectured and given the lecture on the importance of our core stabilizers, the abdominals.  Although everyone needs their abdominals, one patient population in particular needs an abdominal program instructed on their first visit, the PEC patient.  Someone who demonstrates a PEC pattern lacks the ability to “turn off” their hip flexors which positions their pelvis forward bilaterally.  A typical abdominal program would probably increase their symptoms and increase the strength of their already overdevelped hip flexors if the abdominal program didn’t first focus on pelvic position!  When using integrative non-manual techniques for treatment of a PEC pattern, one must always consider choosing an exercise that isolates the abdominals and minimizes hip flexor involvement!

Posted October 8, 2008 at 10:52AM
Categories: Techniques

Want to read a great article that discusses types of scapular patterns?  Check out “The Disabled Throwing Shoulder: Spectrum of Pathology Part III:  The SICK Scapula, Scapular Dyskinesis, the Kinetic Chain, and Rehabilitation” by Burkhart S, Morgan C, and Kibler B.  The authors discussion of scapular mal-position and it’s relationship to pain patterns is very similar to the content presented in Impingement and Instability.  Although the treatment approach is different from PRI, the muscles identified as being weak are main muscles of the BC chain.  To get a copy of this article, contact us!

Posted October 8, 2008 at 10:48AM
Categories: Articles

Recently, a therapist at The Hruska Clinic had a patient in the office with complaints of low back pain.  All of the objective measurements taken were reflective of a Left AIC, Right BC pattern.  When the patient was positioned in supine, the apical expansion test wasn’t necessary in determining whether or not this patient could apically expand on the right.  His prominent left rib flair paints the whole picture!

Posted October 6, 2008 at 10:55AM
Categories: Clinicians

At our weekly Wednesday morning meeting the “topic of conversation” on Lori Thomsen’s agenda was footwear!  Since our gathering with The Lincoln Running Company and Dr. Paul Coffin, DPM, Lori and her fellow colleagues have been testing patient’s objectively while wearing different shoewear.  The results…Asics Foundations are the best!!  This shoe is a great shoe to use with patients that don’t require an orthotic.  The calcaneal stability and medial arch support in the shoe provide enough stability for a patient to maintain neutrality while performing a PRI program!

Posted October 2, 2008 at 11:03AM
Categories: Products

Today it is with much excitement and pride that we unveil our first international web pages. If you’re like me, the words themselves make little sense but the overall picture of PRI concepts and courses spreading further outside our national borders is very satisfying. We have much work ahead of us but the great deal that has already been accomplished could not have been at all possible without our Polish colleagues, Michal Niedzielski and Gregory Parfianowicz. Michal and Gregory will travel to Poland in March 2009 to present two courses covering material from our Myokinematic Restoration course. This endeavor has been a commitment of their time, expertise and energy and for that we are grateful. So, be sure to forward this link to all your friends in Poland!

Posted October 2, 2008 at 11:00AM
Categories: Courses

For those of you that attended the Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration course in Chandler, Arizona, last weekend there was some confusion on the correct guidelines for a patient with a Right TMCC pattern.  To obtain the updated handout that corresponds with the course, click here!

Posted September 30, 2008 at 1:04PM
Categories: Courses

For those planning to attend our Impingement & Instability course in Minneapolis…October 10th will be the last day to reserve a hotel room at our discounted rate. Please call the hotel at (952) 854-1000 and ask to reserve your room in the block for “Impingement Course”.

Posted September 30, 2008 at 1:02PM
Categories: Courses

We are often asked for evidence based articles supporting PRI. The “evidence” is there, but going to all the sources as they presently exist, hasn’t been put together for the general public…yet!  A while back, upon request, Ron Hruska wrote an explanation on his view of evidence based material as it relates to PRI.  Please read!

Posted September 25, 2008 at 1:07PM
Categories: Clinicians

When treating the geriatric population or someone with acute pain, we modify our testing and treatment all the time.  You can take several of the sidelying activities and modify them to aseated position.  This is an example of a modified Sidelying Adductor Pull Back.  Because of the patients inability to get on and off the floor, the therapist has instructed this activity in a seated position.  What’s even more beneficial to this modified seated position is the ability for the patient to isolate just the left adductors by placing her right hand medially to the left knee.  With verbal cues for the patient to “press their left knee into their right hand”, they isolate just the left adductors without right adductor involvement.  To access the complete handout, click here!

Posted September 23, 2008 at 1:11PM
Categories: Techniques


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