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We wrapped up the year for PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement courses outside of Philadelphia at Maplezone Sports Institute/The Training Room Physical Therapy in Garnet Valley, PA. We had a very awesome group that digested the principles of Breathing, Thoracic Posture, and Sensing Position and the Ground quite well. It really was a fun group to end the year with, so thank you to all that attended! And special thank you to The Training Room Physical Therapy staff and Rob Rabena at MSI for hosting!

 This PRI course heavily teaches components of breathing, pillar strength and axial frame mobility and their three dimensional relationship for cueing and coaching thoracic posture with proper pelvic position. A good coach can value learning how to coach and cue the core differently based off the position the athlete or client is in, i.e. with a unilateral asymmetrical loaded movement pattern and a symmetrical loaded movement pattern and we look to highlight those relationships in this course.

This year we emphasized the parable of “parachutes and pancakes”. Teaching this parable throughout the year we’ve learned a few things on how people train and see (or don’t see) the diaphragm as an important core muscle. Our emphasis in teaching this parable is on helping attendees appreciate how training oblique abdominals and hamstrings to optimize respiratory postural balance is a key ingredient that should be incorporated in fitness and movement exercises. We know that when the ribs and thoracic cage are too stiff and rigid with ribs in external rotation, hyperextension, and hyperactivity the respiratory diaphragm can become tonic, flattened and underused, we could risk training the core in a compromised position and the “pancakes will become crepes” as the spinal mechanics becomes stressed which could further limit triplanar performance and lock up functional movement patterns, inhibiting gluts and other powerful muscles. On the flip side with people that might misuse abdominals or overdo flexion without unlocking the thoracic rings, we could create a different faulty pattern of forced thoracic folding when proper rib IR and thoracic retraction are not coordinated with a neutral pelvis. This could be a problem and would “fold pancakes into a pseudo folded parachute” which will bring about a different set of issues. Confusing?…. well maybe, but bottom line here, if you followed that, you get the parable!

The core was designed to be mobile and dynamic. If you learn to value rib movement and recognize key axial structure landmarks you can tell when you are training pancakes verse parachutes. The more we can train parachutes in various positions, the more we can help our clients be resilient and durable. #trainparachutesnotpancakes

I’m looking forward to teaching this course in 2019. This year was such a blessing to learn from the attendees and help fill the gaps with new material as well as streamline how to teach the material. We’ve listened to feedback and continued to improve the course to share with the diverse crowds and specialty professionals working in various Fitness and Movement settings. A special thank you to James Anderson, our Affiliate course director, for all his hard work and dedication to make these affiliate courses a success. Hope to see many of you next year!

Posted October 12, 2018 at 9:33AM
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Cervical Revolution. This class is such a game-changer for so many attendees and it can be for you as well. Did you know that cranial strain patterns as identified in the literature can and are frequently reduced through breathing techniques? Did you know that those same strain patterns are the result of cervical spine positioning? Did you further know that dental integration with PRI certified clinicians is an excellent mechanism for reduction of cervical patterned movement (or lack there of)? Did you know that dentists regularly attend PRI courses? This is because they realize that PRI provides them with the absolute best mechanism for aiding them in understanding the complexity of their neurological oral appliances. Our courses also arm them with understanding of a wide variety of other oral appliances as well! It is our hope that you will discover these exciting and new ways of learning the complexity of the human body as it relates to asymmetry. I taught Cervical Revolution this weekend in San Diego at Water and Sports Physical Therapy and this was a very nice place. I arrived a couple of days early to spend some time with Skip George DC, PRC going over the nuances of this complex course and then Skip and I waded into the material over the weekend as we presented to 25 attendees. Stephanie Kinsella DPT, PRC from Minneapolis was there. We also had dentist Jason Pehling DDS on hand as well. Dr. Pehling came down from Seattle along with our 3 great guys from Alpine Physical Therapy Chris “Murph” Murphy DPT, OCS, Eli Zygmuntowicz DPT, OCS and Jeremiah Ferguson DPT, OCS. These boys host courses regularly and are bent on achieving their PRC status soon. Good luck guys! A number of folks in the class indicated that they too were planning on gaining their PRC status as well! I encourage all of you to make that journey! I hope I see you soon in a Cervical Revolution class. You’ll be glad you attended!

Posted October 11, 2018 at 4:23PM
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Ron Hruska and I attended the 2018 International Association of Orofacial Myologists (IAOM) this weekend in Charlotte, NC.  It was an informative conference attended by Speech Language Pathologists (SLP),  Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH), Dentists and one other PT. The speakers included physicians (MD and DO), dentists, and SLP’s who spoke about topics including but not limited to: connecting the mouth to the rest of the body, guiding orofacial development in children, techniques for speaking and feeding in children with special needs, techniques for addressing tethered oral tissue (TOT; tongue and lip ties), wound management from TOT surgery, the tongues effect on the body, genetic disorders, and publication trends and evidence in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy literature.

Ron spoke on Orofacial Myologic Disorders (OMD) Relationship to Postural Asymmetry. It was a well – received lecture where Ron focused on respecting the neck, asymmetry, anatomy, forward head posture and the importance of recognizing sense. He performed a test/ retest demonstration of how a PRI technique results in neutrality. They were amazed to say the least!

Following this lecture Ron and I received many questions from the course attendees about the value of physical therapy. We tried hard to explain to them that their local PT without PRI experience may not be able to address their patient’s issues as demonstrated by Ron in the lecture. It is likely these course attendees (SLP’s and RDH’s) will be contacting you from the PRI website as a clinician to help them treat their patients.  Understand that they believe they are the ones who should be treating the tongue and mouth directly. It will be a nice opportunity for PRC’s to help guide these practitioner’s understanding how the position of the neck and body, and the underlying asymmetry, we all appreciate, can have a significant influence on their treatment, approach and results when addressing oral myology pathology and disorders.  We both came away with a high degree of respect and appreciation for these interactive and collaborative, multi-disciplinarians.

Posted October 8, 2018 at 4:46PM

The title of this artistic illustration reflects how our two lateralized hemi-rib cages operate when their top column of ribs move away from the central axis, or the spine. Bifarious is a botanical name for a structure that has parts arranged in two rows on either side of a central axis.  The Latin definition of ‘bifarious’ is ‘double’. These two representations of the anterior chest wall help clarify the likely degree of lateral flexion or thoracic wall abduction of each row of ribs, with respect to the lung, organ and neurologic asymmetry guidance. It reminds the viewer that they are not looking at one rib cage when you look at the chest or thorax. They are seeing double. Two chest walls that revolve and rotate around a central axis, making all our chest walls bifariously oriented.

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Posted October 4, 2018 at 10:02AM
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The definition of -ation is something connected with an action or process, or the process of doing something. I feel that I am doing this every time I teach this course. Processing references with desirable action to achieve outcomes that can become reprocessed through the integration of sense of this -ation. This can become a revelation for those who are struggling to change processing.  Once again I appreciate Finish Line Physical Therapy for hosting another course in NYC. Tying the last hour of the course, humeral - scapular - thoracic activity with the first hour of the course, calcaneus activity allows the attendees to complete a full circle of sensory referencing, clinically and personally. This group was great in not only participation but in helping Kentaro Ishii MS, ATC/L, PES, CE, PRT rethinking about course organization. Michael Macchiarulo PT, DPT and Monica Saenz DPT thank you for representing the RAIC/LBC and LAIC/RBC pattern references throughout both days. 

Monica Integrating R AIC/L BC references while Michael integrates L AIC/R BC references. 

Michael integrating R AIC/L BC references while Monica integrating L AIC/R BC references.

Brynn Fessette DPT, FAFS, Joshua DiLoreto ATC, and Chris Leib DPT, CSCS,Cert MD were awesome lab demonstrators and volunteers and enriched the course by their willingness to share their ‘sense’ of what they were feeling and integrating.  

But the best thing about teaching, is meeting new people, hearing new reasoning, and integrating new concepts based upon novice and novel experience. Boris Dugandzie and Dino Dogan were two people who exposed me to a culture and country that I knew vey little about. Because of them, Croatia is now on my travel destination bucket list. Their attendance helped me find a different kind of pronation and supination between two Croatians, who have little need to reach forwards or upwards with their arms and hands. Ron demonstrates the -ation, between the floor and the thorax between two Croatians, who struggle to find it.

Posted October 4, 2018 at 9:27AM
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It is always comforting to be teaching PRI regardless of location, but last weekend I was in Detroit, MI. My wife's family are all from just west and south of the Detroit area, so I was in very familiar surroundings. And the host group of Team Rehabilitation was an excellent bunch to host Myokinematic Restoration.

With a full room of nearly 40 health care professionals and movement specialists, and nearly all in attendance having never heard PRI previously, it was an awesome learning environment for everyone. This group was very dynamic and asked great questions. As this course evolves, we end up adding more and more lab time. This past weekend, 1/3 of the course was lab based, so we had ample opportunity to learn from each other.

We started our dive into the difference between normal pelvifemoral mechanics around the normal neuromechanical presentation that is the L AIC pattern. Then we went deeper into normal compensation vs. pathological compensation patterns. We transitioned into muscular ramifications of the inability to get out of the L AIC pattern, which highlighted the importance of having a "good boy band" rather than a "bad boy band."

We had ample time to practice the positional testing as we were able to determine what patterns we all had inside of us. Low and behold, every single one of the attendees proved to be in a PEC pattern. Based on this group of attendees all having the same extended pattern, we had to have the "Batman vs. Bruce Wayne" conversation. I was in a room of "Batmans”, and we all needed to be more like "Bruce Wayne." This necessitated a demonstration of how to get someone out of a PEC pattern and into a L AIC pattern, so the rest of the weekend had an opportunity to resonate with the attendees. With two activities, we were able to take a very strong PEC individual, and turn them into a L AIC pattern. Because underneath the bilateral extended patterns of the PEC lies a L AIC pattern.

The "PEC busting" demonstration helped us proceed into the management of a L AIC pattern. Nearly the entire afternoon on Sunday was lab time, where everyone had the opportunity to find and feel hamstring, IC Adductor, gluteus medius, internal obliques, and gluteus maximus activity. Reports of "feeling different" and "feeling my hips" were common comments after our lab.

My thanks to Team Rehabilitation for their hospitality. They know how to host a course! My thanks to Shelly DeRuiter and Craig Stasio, who were awesome lab assistants. Thank you to Cyril Shuster, Alexandre Vieria, Todd Cummings, and Michele Weis for your excellent questions and re-states. Thank you to Michelle Shrader and David Selak for allowing us to learn from you in our demonstration portions of the class. My hat is off to Alexandre Vieria, as he traveled from Brazil to hear PRI! I greatly appreciate our conversation around tennis players and the necessity to have excellent frontal plane integration. Thanks to everyone for great weekend!

Posted October 2, 2018 at 2:38PM
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Thank you Ryan Murray and the rest of the Fortius Athletic Staff for hosting Pelvis Restoration this past weekend. Also, a huge thank you to Jon Rowe, CSCS, PRT, for being my lab assistant.

This class was awesome with their questions, desire to learn and their attention the entire weekend. This course is challenging from the sheer amount of information given and you guys did great. Pelvis Restoration goes into great detail with position, muscle inhibition/facilitation and respiratory concepts behind "AFIR" and "AFER." I feel the concept of push/pull and asymmetry between the left and right side for alternation during the gait cycle hit home. Vancouver is a beautiful city and I hope to come back and visit. Thanks again!!

Posted October 2, 2018 at 12:38PM
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It's not too late, but the Postural Restoration Trained™ (PRT) credentialing program application deadline is quickly approaching! If you are interested in applying this year, applications are due on October 15th and testing will take place on January 7-8, 2019 in Lincoln. To learn more about eligibility for PRT credentialing and download the application, CLICK HERE!

What have others shared about their experience with PRT credentialing

"The PRT credentialing process was a wonderfully fulfilling experience. The challenge of putting together the application combined with the nurturing environment of the testing phase in Lincoln was such an impactful learning opportunity. All of the Institute’s staff members involved with the process in addition to my fellow applicants were fantastic in both professional quality and character. I am certainly proud to have earned the PRT designation in the eyes of the Postural Restoration Institute." - Ryan DiPanfilo, ATC, CSCS, PRT

"Obtaining the PRT was more than just taking another test to add letters behind my name. It was an opportunity to challenge myself to move to the next level in an area I am passionate about. The 2 days at spent at PRT testing weren't the end of over 2 years of studying, but the beginning of moving forward with an organization that is quietly changing the way we treat the human body. I highly encourage anyone who has met the PRT requirements to take the next step to obtain the PRT credentials." - Tim Dempsey, CSCS, PRT

"Everything was great! Really good stimulated critical thinking and application of the information. The two days flowed really well and built off of everything before it. The application process was a great learning experience in itself." - Andrew Hauser, ATC, CSCS, PRT

Posted October 1, 2018 at 10:56AM

Impingement and Instability (Everett Washington) - A beautiful weekend exploring PRI's secondary level course Impingement and Instability in the northern corridor of the Greater Seattle Area with the good folks at ATI in Everett. A big thank you to Alexa Degel, DPT for handling all the host site coordination issues and making sure I had all that I needed to pull off a great presentation. Your extra effort throughout the weekend made all the difference and was greatly appreciated.

I would like to take the time to thank two attendees who traveled all the way from Singapore, Malaysia and one attendee who traveled all the way from Seoul, South Korea to be with us. David Lee, Wee Ho Lim and JangKeun Kye, you have my respect and appreciation for traveling so far to be with us. Two of the three attended as a direct result of an early trip Ron Hruska made to Seoul back in 2008. JangKeun, thanks for your pioneering spirit and for inviting your friend David to learn about PRI by traveling to America.

And thank you Wee, for exploring the science of PRI and beginning your journey online (including through PRI home study courses), and now by attending actual live courses. I appreciate you being the demo for lateralized respiratory and airflow patterns and showing us how some of the techniques look when carried out with full respect for diaphragm dynamics. It was cool to see your amazement when your right HGIR and left Hor Shoulder Abd was restored to full and equal and full rotation was restored to your neck, after those same measures have not been fully restored at any time in the past. It was also fun to see how surprised you were when an old man (me), was able to drop into a full range of motion overhead squat right in front of you. You made me smile when you said, "I didn't see that coming".

As a class, we learned how to go through a valuable check list of neurological reference centers ("brain"), lateralized performance criteria ("lane") and respiratory performance issues ("breathing"). The autonomic nervous system was very responsive to the brain, lane and breathing approach to balancing axial performance as we worked to minimize instability across the calcaneus, femurs, ilia and scapula. As I noted at the beginning of the course, this Institute is appreciative of each one of you and your journey to get through the introductory coursework and get to this point. I hope you found the journey well worth the effort and felt rewarded by your secondary level coursework experience.

Posted September 28, 2018 at 2:11PM
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I enjoyed teaching Myokinematics of the Hip and Pelvis last weekend in Asheville, NC! This was a special weekend as I was able to take Mr. Jen Poulin aka Chris with me to help! It has been awhile since we were able to travel and teach together. We were joined by Josh Owen, ATC, PRT. It was great to meet Josh and have him help with the labs.

This course was hosted by the fun energetic group of clinicians from the Charles George VA Hospital. Tammy, Doug, Amy, Monica to name just a few of the staff, made us feel welcome.

Most of the class were taking their first PRI course! I always enjoy this class as it really hits home the fundamental concepts of AF and FA position and common compensations. We all appreciate the importance of respiration as it relates to stabilization of a pattern. This course really helps the course participant understand how respiration and gait are so interconnected. Concepts of swing vs. stance, AFIR, AFER and soft tissue compensations were understood as it relates to position, pattern and performance. I had so much fun teaching this past weekend! I can't wait to come back!

I will get a few weeks off and look forward to heading up to Worcester, Mass on Oct. 13-14th to teach this awesome course again!

Thanks for everyone's prayers for NC. Hurricane Florence left her mark, but we are Carolina Strong!

Posted September 27, 2018 at 4:27PM
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