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Posted August 3, 2005 at 9:38AM
Categories: Articles

From: Kim Keyser, PT, Duke University
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2005 
To: Postural Restoration Institute™
Subject: General Contact

Ron, I was hoping you could give me some advice over the phone or by e-mail. I am writing a case study on a patient with a peer of mine and we used PRI with them. We are having a difficult time putting into words the “theory” and background behind the evaluation and treatment techniques. Obviously it makes sense to me, but it is a whole different ballgame when trying to explain it to someone especially on paper. Particularly in front of an evidence based audience. As you have mentioned before the evidence is there. However, it is not in a concise and fluid way. I have read a couple case studies that you have written and one Kyndy wrote. But that is still not clear.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.


From: Ron Hruska, PT, Postural Restoration Institute™
To: Kim Keyser, PT
Subject: RE: General Contact

Hi Kim-
Thanks for your email and on-going support of our PRI approach to positional influences on neuro-pathomechanic developmental patterns.

The “evidence” is there, but going to all the sources as they presently exist, hasn’t been put together for the general public as of yet. As an Institute (PRI), we are in the process of doing this.

Articles on zone of apposition (ZOA) will help one understand the asymmetrical roles of the two hemi-diaphragms in their influence on respiration and thoracic function. Please refer to our website for these articles and information on diaphragm positions, differences in size, asymmetrical attachment sites, etc. Respiration, intercostal and mediastinal motion is also controlled and influenced by visceral position of the pericardium on the left and liver on the right (Reddy et al, J. Thorac Cardiovas Surg. 1994). Contraction of the diaphragm during postural adjustments (Paul Hodges, Journal of Physiology, 1997) and the diaphragms influence on postural/abdominal function (Paul Hodges, Manual Therapy, 1999) also support the need to address respiratory issues and influences on postural asymmetry.

Rib cage mechanics influence on the spine and asymmetry of the spine can be found in numerous articles (too many to mention in this email) with respect to the most common curvatures to the prevalence of right rib humps. Rib cage mechanics is influenced by asymmetrical compartmental pleural and abdominal pressure, configuration and trans-diaphragmatic strength. (Kenyon et al, J Appl Physiol, 1997). Why do 98% of adolescents with a single thoracic curve, have apex curvatures to the right with accompanying rib humps? (K. Song, Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine, 1993)

Communication, swallowing, language, speech and ‘handedness’ reflects the left hemispheric ‘command center’ as well as proximal muscle involvement of the contralateral limbs (Bagesteiro et al, J Neurophysiology, 2002). “Dominant arm tasks were most almost exclusively associated with activities requiring precision in interjoint coordination and trajectory formation”. Slow, deliberate, controlled, organized, cortical motor encoding is correlated with manual skills developed by the left hemisphere (Volkmann, et all, J Neurophysiology, 1998 and Gabbard et al, JOSPT, 2002)

There are postural origin theories on asymmetrical development (Day and MacNeilage, J Comp Psychol, 1996), vestibular asymmetry theories (Previc, Psychol Rev., 1991). Developmentally tonic lumbar reflexes described in the literature by Tokizane (1951) and Brunnstrom (1970) are elicited when the “position” of the upper trunk is changed in relation to the pelvis. We pick up an object and proceed to throw it with our right hand because our upper trunk rotates to the right initially and the pelvis to the left, as weight is born on our extended “dominate” right leg with the left lower extremity flexed (Barnes, Crutchfield, 1978). Our diaphragm and adjoining psoas on the left allow this activity to occur more easily because of visceral orientation of the heart, stomach and liver (left upper quadrant to right lower quadrant axis) and neural-motor development of this amphibian reaction at the age of six months (Fiorentino, 1972).

In addition to these evidence-based comments on respiratory influences on asymmetry, cortical-hemispheric influences on neuromotor developmental strategies of proximal vs. distal stability on the right vs. the left, rib cage dynamics reflecting diaphragm influence and size, neurophysiology of motor development on ATNR, Moro, and other reflexes in the frontal, sagittal and transverse planes, there are those mentors; Buchholz, Schamberger, Gracovetsky, Myers, Lee, Busquet, Mezieres, Vleeming and Chaitow who will all agree we operate through patterns of ‘polyarticulated’ muscle.

It is also my strong belief that the mandible, sphenoid and temporal bones influence forward head posture, asymmetrical tonic neck reflexes, body on head righting reactions and respiratory pathomechanics that lead to forward head posturing, COPD and asthmatic activity, fibromyalgic sleep habits, scoliosis, T.O.S., hyperinflation cervicalgia headaches all which can be referenced easily through the dental community and all of which I have treated successfully without surgical intervention through the use of PRI techniques and intervention. Through my experience and with clinical documentation at the Hruska Clinic, strong evidence-based clinical data that supports the Postural Restoration Institute™ approach towards intervention and treatment of pathomechanics to restore balanced integrated function and respiration exists. Please refer to our evidence-based summary of “Postural Respiration and Myokinematic Functional Relationships”. Once a pattern of neuromuscular, respiratory, and circulatory system activity is identified, restoration of sphenoid, sternum and sacrum orientation and ‘rest’ position can begin.

Hopefully, Kim, you’ll appreciate we have a lot of work ahead of us. But those of us who understand these ‘system relationships’ will further develop this system evidence-based research to this date through an integrative approach by promoting sequential, specific approaches to a multi-system, bipedal, machine that functions with asymmetrical patterns of movement.

Best Regards,

Ron Hruska, MPA, PT

References can be found on our website, by selecting the link titled “educational resources”, then “references”. 
The majority of references listed within the context of this email are listed in the “neurology” section of the Postural Respiration course.

Posted May 24, 2005 at 9:34AM
Categories: Clinicians

Perri MA, Halford: Pain and faulty breathing: a pilot study. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 8:297-306, 2004. Available online at

Posted March 22, 2005 at 9:24AM
Categories: Articles

The Postural Restoration Institute™ announces that Jason Masek, MSPT, ATC, CSCS of the Hruska Clinic in Lincoln, Nebraska; James Anderson, MPT of the Rejuvenation Center in Omaha, Nebraska; Raulan Young, MPT of ProActive Physical Therapy in Burley, Idaho; Karen Jiran, MPT, ATC and Carrie Langer, MPT, ATC both of Orthopaedic Sports, Inc. in Lake Elmo, Minnesota have earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC). Certification is a result of advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute, LLC. The certification process of both clinical and analytical examination took place on December 6th and 7th, 2004 at the Postural Restoration Institute™ following four-days of advanced training. These five individuals are now recognized as the only physical therapists nationwide to be Postural Restoration Certified. Each is currently training under Ron Hruska as an Associate Faculty member and all are passionate about future educational opportunities through PRI. We congratulate these five on their outstanding achievement!

Posted January 15, 2005 at 4:09PM
Categories: Clinicians

The Postural Restoration Institute™ presented the first course of 2005 in Burlington, Vermont on January 8th and 9th. This was Ron Hruska’s 6th trip to this state that has embraced Postural Restoration as a way of practicing physical therapy. With 50 attendees, the University of Vermont provided a perfect host site for the Postural Respiration course. While at the University, Ron was delighted to offer consultation to the men’s basketball athletic program, which continues to experience a great deal of success with the Postural Restoration approach. We look forward to future course offerings in this area where such tremendous support is evident! Go Cats!

Posted January 14, 2005 at 9:18AM
Categories: Courses

The Postural Restoration Institute™ was excited to offer for the first time, a four-day Advanced Integration course in Lincoln, Nebraska this past December. The course was a success with 32 attendees representing 12 states coming together to consider advanced concepts related to Postural Restoration. These individuals were required to have previously completed at least one PRI course. The course was highly advanced and interactive, reflecting PRI concepts covered in both the Myokinematic and Postural Respiration courses in an integrative fashion. Both non patho-compensatory and patho-compensatory issues were discussed as they relate to the Left AIC and Right BC pattern. Anatomy, examination tests, algorithms and lab were also presented with integration as the focus rather than separated by regions of the body. We look forward to presenting this course each December in Lincoln!

Posted January 1, 2005 at 9:16AM
Categories: Courses


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