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It seems that over the years the courses that I’ve taught for the Postural Restoration Institute kind of run together. So many times I’ve almost forgotten in which city I’ve been! I know that Ron and James have had the same experience. We’ve chatted about it before. This past weekend I was in St. Louis and I taught Postural Respiration at Complete Fitness Results and Nancy Hammond PT, PRC & Lesley Callaham PT, PRC were my wonderful hosts and were unforgettable. They took good care of me and made sure the class went well. Nancy owns Integrate 360 and she and Lesley really have a great operation! Their skills are obvious and they have a true patient following. When I think about Postural Respiration I wish that I could take 3 days and teach it. The concepts are challenging in this class for sure. I see a lot of folks again and again when I teach it. I don’t blame them either. It took me forever to wrap my mind around the details! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at PRI because we really are here to help you. We WANT you to succeed! Nobody gets it all in one weekend and the application of the science to your patients can be challenging for sure. So reach out! Email us! Call us! Send a smoke signal. Let us help and good luck!

Posted September 25, 2018 at 3:15PM
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Thanks to hurricane Florence, I got to fly into Chicago early and explore downtown. What a great city! So much to do I wish I could have stayed another 3 days! This was the second time we taught in the Chicago area, as this was one of the very first host sites to the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement course back in 2016. It’s fun to reflect back on how far we have come and how much the course has evolved to help the PRI science progress. We were lucky to have some attendees return for a second time and their post course reviews reported great improvements and positive comments on how the labs were more integrated, practical, and helpful. Some quotes from the course evaluations were:

“This manual is a treasure. Instructors artfully simplified all 3 primary PRI courses into a clear and continuous narrative. This course helped integrate and synthesize the more abstract concepts of other PRI courses. This was an amazing course and I am so grateful!”

A Pilates Instructor says: “The instructors kept my attention the entire time! Amazing! I never found myself daydreaming. This course will help me better screen clients and create more individual focused programs for each client.”

Another Strength Coach says “Super valuable course. Powerful material to help guide fitness professionals from driving dysfunction and pathology. The details and variations of exercises will help me better work with clients with dysfunction and pain patterns”.

I am very grateful to the fabulous hosts: Mark Cibrario, Wynne Conklin, and Kyle Cibrario at The Trainers Club. Thank you for being so welcoming and gracious and we were lucky they hosted this course because the space was perfect and their passion for fitness and movement was spot on!

We had a great mix of PRI trained attendees along with first timers and it made for a fun group. PRI experienced people appreciated how we simplified complex principles, avoided rabbit holes, and taught practical application, and new attendees got exposed to the big picture and application to start using key principles and to help facilitate better retention in subsequent courses. I’ve gotten to a point in teaching where the diverse audience we tend to attract is something that excites me and I love the challenge of uniting minds and professionals and helping all attendees look at axial movements and hyperactivity patterns for trunk stability through a different lens. Every course I learn something as we can all learn from one another!

The brain reflexively searches and identifies patterns for motor learning, just as we learn components of larger movement patterns, its mastering some of these basic micromovement patterns that creates the stability and motor control many of our clients are searching for to move painfree. Motor control and instability issues are not always a problem of weakness or lack of strength. People waste time and energy trying to strengthen muscles that don’t need to be strengthened and then create misuse patterns further complicating the movement sequencing. This course is one of the only courses that breaks down three planes of movement of the axial frame into the micromovements that clients need to maximize output in larger movement patterns. This is a lab heavy course, as we break down components of foreign movements and get people practicing feeling them and coaching them right away. Organizing components of axial movement in the sagittal and frontal plane for proper loading and lateralization is so crucial for todays perception of postural health. On day 2 we discuss key neurorespiratory principles as related to larger movement patterns like the squat and deadlift, as well as single legged movements like the RDL, Bulgarian split squats and steps ups.

 If you have any interest in attending, don’t hesitate and sign up today for the Philadelphia course October 6-7. It will be our last course of this year and you don’t want to miss the distribution of this year’s course manual!! Its not too late to sign up! Sign up today to attend PRI Fitness and Movement at The Training Room Physical Therapy at Maplezone Sports Institute in Philadelphia, PA. See you there!!

Posted September 20, 2018 at 10:32AM
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Regardless if you are a patient, a course attendee, a guest lecturer, or going there for consultation, when you enter the doors of The Cantrell Center for Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine and Wellness, you are family. The entire staff were engaging and enlightening.  All of the course attendees accommodated my needs to embed the center of our orientation, the orientation for autonomics, and the conduit of zones, i.e.  the foramen  magnum and the vertebral foramen of the atlas, in organized tri-planar revolving movement. They helped me teach future attendees that will appreciate the needs to embrace laterality, asymmetry and sensory integration for cervical function. The content of this course reflected the attendees willingness to consider the reasoning for the neck to revolve, as well as the reasoning to restore appropriate universal tension provided or placed on the neck and its contents. There was a wonderful example of a left Side Bend positioned cranium in class that was so willing to allow me to demonstrate re-positioning and re-patterning techniques with it. Courtney Stearn DPT owns this cranium and she and her cranium, cervical spine and cortex were anatomical gifts to all of us.  Her personality and behavior made the first day a complete day of enjoyment and learning. Thank you Courtney! Sitting to the right of Courtney was Amy Brown DPT who owned a cranium and neck that reflected right torsion through the sphenoid. She also contributed so much to the second day by allowing me to discuss her testing outcomes and her technique demonstration.  She could not have been in a better place or in a better time for this presenter.  Thank you Amy, we are all grateful for your attendance and willingness to share your head and neck.   

Course participation, by everyone, and I mean everyone, was awesome.  So thank you for making this weekend a very special one for me.   I can still see and hear Tassie Cantrell PT putting out strawberries and blueberries, putting furniture away afterwards, smiling ALL the time and answering questions on when she and her facility will be putting on another PRI course, and asking questions about O on A and A on O.

Lola Rosenbaum DPT thank you for being my “sphenoid” and Leah Whipple DPT thank you for being my “shift”.  And finally, Skip George DC, PRC, thanks for being there, and mentoring me, and guiding me, and listening to me, and assisting me, and putting up with my metaphoric satire, and for loving me.  

Posted September 19, 2018 at 2:22PM
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We are excited to announce the very first "Travel with PRI" European Tour, following our Impingement & Instability course in Munich, Germany next September! Don't miss the opportunity to not only travel with Ron Hruska, but also other PRI colleagues and friends to Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria. This 10 day tour will begin in Munich following the Impingement & Instability course (September 14-15, 2019).

Highlights of the tour include:

  • Travel from Munich to the Bohemian Czech village of Český Krumlov situated on the banks of the Vltava River.
  • Next its on to Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. It avoided major destruction in WW II and is now much like a living museum.
  • Travel south to Salzburg, birth city of Mozart and also admired as the film location of the “Sound of Music.”
  • Journey to Olympic Innsbruck for a stay in the heart of the Tyrol. The city is surround by the majestic Alps.
  • Conclude the tour in Munich as you sample the festive Octoberfest!

This tour is limited to the first 50 registrants, and will require a minimum of 25 passengers registered by March 1, 2019 to be confirmed. To view the daily trip itinerary, along with pricing, CLICK HERE. Please contact tour coordinator Joan Hanson, MPT, PRC, CFC, DPT if you have any questions. We are very excited about this opportunity and would like to thank Joan for suggesting this fun idea. Now, who wants to travel with PRI on this amazing trip?!

Posted September 19, 2018 at 10:13AM
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I had a great time last weekend teaching Pelvis Restoration in Newton, MA. I had not taught a class since last year! It was great being able to spend more time with my daughter Madison before we sent her off to college. Yes, the rumors are all true, she is a Freshman at the University of Vermont! My alma mater! I guess you can take the girl out of VT, but she can always go back! So now it was time for me to get back to #PRINation and share my "pearls" of PRI wisdom. The class was a nice mix of new clinicians to PRI and some that were looking to refine their PRI interventions and concepts. Pelvis Restoration is one of the three intro courses that allows a more integrated discussion of respiration as it relates to the Pelvis and frontal plane control. This course is so much fun to teach! Pelvis allows the clinician to explore how a "Laga Gaga" Born this Way chain can cause our "inner Beyonce" to come out as we learn to stabilize left stance. Thanks so much to Donna Behr for being an amazing host and Anita Furbush, PRC for coming to help me during lab. Since then, I have been busy getting ready for the impending Hurricane. Please pray for the Carolinas as we prepare for Hurricane Florence to hit our sweet states.

Posted September 14, 2018 at 12:53PM

Ron Hruska is excited to be presenting at the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) Convention next month in Charlotte, NC!

His 3 hour presentation is titled "Orofacial Myological Disorders (OMD) Relationship to Postural Asymmetry". The interdisciplinary convention is October 5-7th at the Embassy Suites Charlotte Uptown.

To learn more about this year's IAOM Convention, Ron's presentation and the other interdisciplinary speakers, CLICK HERE!

Posted September 6, 2018 at 2:13PM

Providence, RI, one of the oldest cities in the U.S., is home to University Orthopedics. This PT clinic is GOAT, with large windows and water views on three sides, providing a parasympathetic balance to the focused attention on the impact of human asymmetry. It was wonderful to have professionals from different backgrounds (PT, PTA, ATC, CSCS, LMT) and skill sets come together to consider the profound impact of the diaphragm and rib cage on our movement. Following the discussion on the differences between optimal and sub-optimal breathing patterns, one attendee revealed that this was the first time in her life that she was able to inflate a balloon😊. The smaller-than-typical group size allowed for more one-on-one time in lab, ensuring attendees’ proficiency at carrying out objective tests and non-manual and manual techniques. Thank you to our models (Daniel Anthony, ATC; Kerri-Lynn Francis, LMT; Landa Pappas, PTA; Damion Perry, BS, CSCS; Joseph Robinson, ATC; and Maurice Sicard, ATC) and our reader, Stacey Brennan, MT, PTA – you greatly enhanced our understanding of course concepts. A huge thank you to our hosts at University Orthopedics (Dan Bien, PT, OCS, CSCS; Stacy Faiola, PT, CSCS; Kevin Mahoney, DPT, ATC; Dave Pezzullo, MS, PT, SCS, ATC; and Ed Wojciechowski, PT) for all of the work you put forth to provide a fantastic learning environment!

Posted September 4, 2018 at 2:05PM
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Ron Hruska will be presenting at the 2018 Airway Summit hosted by the "American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry" November 8-10th in Las Vegas!
 
Thursday, November 8th:
(8:00 - 11:30 AM)
Workshop - "Physical Therapy Airway and Inflammation: Hands on Workshop for Physical Therapists and Dentists on Posture, Cervical Dysfunction and Occlusion" by Ron Hruska & Brad Gilden
 
Saturday, November 10th:
(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Joint Session - "The Cervical Revolution: The Role of Cervical Structure and Function in Re-establishing Airway Function" by Ron Hruska
 
If you are interested in attending this multidisciplinary event, you can use the Postural Restoration Institute discount code "2018RH" to receive $200 off your registration. If you are an AAPMD member, you can compound your discount as well.

Posted August 31, 2018 at 1:47PM

Myokinemetic Restoration (Covington, LA) - Glad to be in the Bayou State. This weekend, I taught PRI's first course in the great state of Louisiana. Ron and Mike have both consulted and taught private course offerings in Louisiana in the past, but this was our first formal course open to the general public and it was a great experience.

Thank you Chris and Karlie McDougall at Renew Physical Therapy in Covington for hosting and making sure the experience was fun for everyone. Thanks for inviting your staff and also for inviting a local orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Joey Bonvillain. Our course was better because he stopped in. Your passion for neurology, respiration and biomechanics is palpable and you're helping to spread the news across Southern Louisiana by starting to host PRI courses at your facility.

You guys made everyone feel welcome and you also gave me some top notch recommendations for food and entertainment. Your recommendation to go to the annual White Linen Art Festival in downtown Covington was a great idea for my Saturday Night entertainment and I loved it.

And thanks for introducing me to Cajun seasoned Oysters on the Half Shell, those perfectly spiced Boudin Balls, Crayfish and Fried Alligator. I fell in love with The Chimes and called it my new favorite restaurant, until I realized most all the food in Southern Louisiana tasted that good. And the Pralines you gifted me from the French Quarter Candy Market, forget about it, I'm all in.

Dave Giardina is an Athletic Trainer and Therapist on the Renew team who actually was Chris McDougall's little league baseball coach. Dave, it was great to have you there, for more than one reason. First, you are seasoned enough to get my jokes, smiling and laughing when some of the younger clinicians look at me like I just said something totally out there. But mostly because your comments and questions were so valuable and your example of being a lifelong learner inspired us all. Thanks for being you Dave.

Also thanks to our model patient, Allison Roux, who helped demonstrate the exercise progressions for the class with growing confidence. Thanks for your questions, but mostly for your feedback to the group on how the exercises felt to you. You and I are the same age and when you said your left hip stopped clicking and felt secure after literally clicking every day since you were 19 years old, you made me stop and think about how many steps I've taken since I was 19 and what a frustration that might have been. The concept of "Ligamentous Muscle", as taught in this Myokinematic Restoration course can truly be life changing. Thanks for reminding me of that fact and helping the rest of the class realize how powerful it can be when applied correctly.

And thank you Jeff Bangs for bringing your enthusiasm to the class and your helpful insights as an Athletic Trainer in professional sports. Thank you to your mentor and my friend Navin Hettiarachchi for recommending that you come to this course and for being such an inspirational leader for everyone on the Wizards staff. And so you know Jeff, I did follow up with Navin and he confirmed that you did indeed gave him that big hug I requested you give him from me. Thanks for following through on that. You're a great young talent with an obvious passion for continued learning and you're going to go far.

Posted August 23, 2018 at 11:27AM
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A huge shout out to Amy Goddard from Goddard Orthopedic and Sports Therapy for hosting Pelvis Restoration this past weekend in Dallas, TX. You are simply awesome. Thank you for everything from room set-up, food, organizing a dinner out Saturday, lab assisting, and your passion for PRI. Half of the class was attending their first PRI course and the attendees varied from Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Athletic Trainers and Personal Trainers. The intellect in this group was amazing from seasoned PRI practitioners collaborating with their peers to assist them on their journey with PRI. This course "goes into the weeds" with AFIR/AFER tri-planar positioning of the pelvic inlet and outlet. If patients don't have correct facilitation and inhibition on the left and right sides for gait, they will struggle with FAIR/FAER and trunk rotation with compensation thru the neck and ankle. It was a great weekend with colleagues who have a desire to learn and are open minded to the complexities of the human body. Thank you to this class for a wonderful weekend. On a personal note, mixing my passion to teach with a quick trip to Waco, TX with my sister to take in the Magnolia Market from the show Fixer Upper. It was a great trip to Texas!!!

Posted August 22, 2018 at 1:48PM
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