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The abdominals have been a popular area of discussion at PRI the last few weeks.  When able to catch a moment of Ron’s “free” time, I asked him a couple of burning questions…

What are your favorite activities to find and feel your left abdominals and achieve a left zone of apposition?

Alternating Posterior Pelvic Rotation and Reciprocal Bilateral Wall Leg Lift
Alternating Posterior Pelvic Rotation and Reciprocal Bilateral Wall Leg Lift

90-90 Crossovers
90-90 Crossovers

60-60 Sidelying Twists
60-60 Sidelying Twists

All Four Belly Lift
All Four Belly Lift

Wall Short Seated Left Arm Reach with Balloon
Wall Short Seated Left Arm Reach with Balloon

Seated Resisted Bilateral Arm Pull Down with Adduction #4
Seated Resisted Bilateral Arm Pull Down with Adduction #4

“These activities are activities I would give for individuals with left rib flairs, someone who has the inability to achieve a left ZOA, for swallowing dysfunction, for PEC patients, for left unilateral neglect, for right upper trap tension and for someone who has an overactive right quadratus lumborum.”

Stay tuned for tommorrow’s question…What are your favorite activities to isolate the left abdominals and inhibit the hip flexors?

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Posted October 22, 2008 at 9:35AM
Categories: Techniques

Check out the latest case report written by James Anderson, MPT, PRC and the staff at The Rejuvenation Center!  This case report discusses the treatment of left forearm pain using only PRI techniques.  “By addressing the postural asymmetries across his rib cage we restored proper biomechanical position and relationships between the rib cage, scapulas, and upper extremities”.  To access this case report, click here!

Posted October 17, 2008 at 9:56AM
Categories: Articles

Influences of Dysfunctional Respiratory Mechanics on Orofacial Pain” written by Ron Hruska was referenced in an article printed in the Brazil Journal of Oral Sciences titled “Temporomandibular Disorder and Dysfunctional Breathing”.  This article discusses the relationship between respiratory muscles and TMD and presents studies covering respiratory mechanics, breathing syndromes and overuse of accessory inspiratory muscles.  To access this article, click here!

To access “Influences of Dysfunctional Respiratory Mechanics on Orofacial Pain”, click here!

Posted October 16, 2008 at 10:00AM
Categories: Articles

Acetabular Femoral Internal Rotation written by Lisa Bartels, DPT is the latest topic being featured in the Performance Conditioning newsletter.  This newsletter is a publication that goes out to coaches and athletes involved in cycling, volleyball and baseball.  This is a great article that describes what AF IR is, the importance of it and how to achieve it!  To access the article, click here!

Posted October 15, 2008 at 10:17AM
Categories: Articles

Because of the importance of this week’s Technique of the Week, we have created a new activity.  The “Left Stance in Right AF IR Position from the Right AIC Pattern” is the second neuromuscular activity in the PRI integrated standing activities that allows the patient to experience proprioceptive right acetabular femoral internal rotation as he/she shifts their weight from their left non-dominant lower extremity to their right while keeping his/her right leg behind the left. 

Click here to get a copy of this new activity!
Click here to read about the What, Why, When, Where and Who behind this new activity!

Posted October 14, 2008 at 10:22AM
Categories: Techniques

In the last several weeks the issue of “Left AIC Position” vs. “Left AIC Pattern” has come up.  Although similar, there is a distinct difference between the two.  Once we started discussing the differences between the two, we also realized that there is an additional element…PRI Stance!  Now that we have it all clear, we have updated and added material to the Myokinematic Restoration manual.  To check out the updates…click here!  Also, take a look at the Technique of the Week for additional text referring to this issue!

Posted October 13, 2008 at 10:26AM
Categories: Courses

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

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