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Blog Posts in 2017

I had a great weekend at Ethos Colorado in Denver presenting the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement Course. Ethos had a great facility and thank you to Jonathan Pope and his team for hosting! We had a jammed pack Saturday discussing important concepts to enhance athletic durability and how to empower the breathing system. Diaphragm and ribcage mechanics were broken down to help professionals assess proximal core stability and postural health. Sunday was even more jammed back with discussion around our asymmetrical design and the common patterned imbalances we see in our clients. Components of gait were correlated with various fitness movement patterns and exercises were broken down into planes of motion to empower better programming and triplanar sequencing. I am thankful for the great feedback received from all attendees. This course continues to improve and offers the experienced PRI clinician with gems of applicable knowledge as well as offers invaluable neurorespiratory insight to a new attendee to enhance their understanding and assessment for mobility, stabilization and strength. Two more courses left for 2017! James and I will be in Minneapolis teaching next month and in the DC area teaching in November. There is still room to sign up! Check out the Affiliate Course link under Programs and Courses on the PRI website.

Posted September 18, 2017 at 1:36PM
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PRI Integration for Geriatrics - (Chapel Hill, NC) It was an awesome weekend presenting "PRI Integration for Geriatrics" to an awesome group in beautiful North Carolina. As a group, we explored the possibilities of the course's new title and the new subtitle, "Restoring Alternating Function in the Immobile, Frail and Chronic". By the end of the weekend, we had identified a lot of great applications for immobile populations, frail populations and chronic populations across a large spectrum of conditions and age groups. It was eye opening for all of us and a great validation that the course's new name really does reflect who this material is for.

A big thank you to Susan Henning, PT, PRC and her wonderful team at the host site Advance Physical Therapy. She was a great lab assistant and a kind, generous host throughout the weekend. She has assembled a fantastic team of professionals in their dynamic integrated clinic. Thank you Joe Belding, Jean Massé, Lisa Mangino, Shella LoBianco and Beth Elder for being an important part of a great learning weekend. Honestly, to have 4 out of 6 staff members at the host site currently certified in PRI and the other 2 interested in the process of getting certified is very uncommon and even a little intimidating for a presenter with an introductory affiliate course like this. But your feedback confirms that this material was a nice combination of introductory and advanced concepts that challenged you and also rewarded you for being there. I love to be able to connect with and challenge both first time attendees and also experienced PRI clinicians with affiliate course content and all the new assessment and treatment ideas.

This weekend also provided me an opportunity to meet some people from my early PRI faculty days and associate with some of the people they are now able to mentor and influence. Rebecca Williams, PT from Pinehurst, NC, who has incidentally become a good friend of our very own Jen Poulin, reminded me that she attended one of my first ever courses as a PRI faculty back in 2001, a Protonics course in Columbia, SC. That course was also my first opportunity to meet and teach another longstanding PRI contributor and good friend, Kyndy Boyle. Wow, a lot of positive things have happened with this institute since those early days, and mostly because of the people we were fortunate enough to meet along the way. I also met 2 PTAs this weekend who are currently employed by a therapist I first met and taught when she was a student in PT school, Tracy Lyn Schuster, DPT. Madison Blythe and Hailey Parsons, you two did a great job with the material and Tracy Lyn would have been very proud of you. And thank you Madison for suggesting Merritt's Grill for lunch on Saturday. That place could be one of my all time favorite places to eat lunch anywhere in the country.

Lastly, I want to thank my friend JR Glenn for coming over from Columbus Ohio to attend the course and also to help me work through one of the long-standing emotional issues in my life - an inability to get over the hard feelings I have for the 1991 Duke University Men's Basketball Team. I attended UNLV in the early 90s and the 1991 Blue Devils prevented my Running Rebels from being back to back National Champions and I haven't forgiven them for breaking my heart. JR was kind enough to drive me from Chapel Hill across town to Durham to face my unhealed wounds at Duke University. We visited Krzyzewskiville, Cameron Indoor Stadium and then I got to see the 1991 National Championship trophy with my own eyes. After working through the pain of it all and reminding JR that the trophy should not be in a glass case in Durham, but instead in a glass case in Las Vegas, I let go and began the healing process. I'm optimistic about my ability to get over this barrier in my life. I'll definitely keep you posted. Go Rebels!

Posted September 14, 2017 at 4:29PM
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I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend with an integrated group of clinicians at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta Georgia. I taught Pelvis Restoration for the first time since we updated the material to use the HABLT vs. the HADLT for progression of treatment. The test surely is a better assessment tool for the frontal plane of proximal pelvic control. My course attendees were almost an even split of those that were sitting in their first PRI course and those that were very experienced with the science. There were many questions and scenarios discussed and I of course love sharing my clinical pearls to help course attendees understand how to integrated PRI into their treatment plans.

My hostess was fantastic! Karen Warren and her colleagues were gracious and she is excited about hosting future PRI classes! I was joined by Kristen Spencer and Adrian Baker as my lab assistants. These ladies did a great job helping the class during lab and supporting me this weekend. It is always fun to have my friend Liz Caughey, DDS in a PRI class. So cool that she as a dentist wants to understand PRI science as it relates to everything other than just teeth. This lady is so cool. A special shout out to Henry Pursner for making sure my technology was working and my coffee cup was always full. I was well taken care of this weekend.

On a personal note, my heart goes out to all of those recently affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. I was fortunate to be able to stay with my sister Jacki and her family this weekend as they reside just north of the perimeter in Alpharetta! I was able to fly out of Atlanta on Monday am just before Irma unleashed on Atlanta! I did get home in time to watch my daughter play her cross county rivalry Volleyball game. They came back after being down 0-2 and in the third set 19-24 to win in 5 sets of Volleyball!!

Posted September 12, 2017 at 9:49AM
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As a PRI Instructor, it's not often we have the opportunity to have a true "home game," but that's what we had this weekend with Myokinemtic Restoration. I had the opportunity to teach and collaborate with a great group of individuals with diverse backgrounds in my home clinic. And, since it was a home game, it was great to collaborate with my co-worker, Donna Parise Byrne, PT, PRC. We had a fantastic discussion about the positional tests in PRI, and how to look at them differently now that we can find and appreciate the human asymmetry inherent in the L AIC pattern. We had the opportunity to find and feel muscles during the lab section, and we had a great demo regarding how to approach an individual who has a more of a PEC presentation than a L AIC presentation. We talked about there are times to be "Batman," and times to be "Bruce Wayne." We talked about our Internal Rotation Boy Band and why we need to keep the band together. And we talked about how the hamstring is the Gate Keeper of the Gait Cycle. My thanks to Zach Lloyd, Jayson Leisenring, and Elizabeth Manning for being our models for the course, and allowing us to learn from them. It was great to have my friend of 15 years, Rick Noelte, in attendance as well. And great questions and dialogue with Susan Rocchini, Erik Smith, Aaron Doering, Julia Glick, Hetal Patel, and Kim Greenstein. Everyone in the entire group had great questions, and it was a pleasure to have everyone at our "home game!"

Posted September 12, 2017 at 8:39AM

The Institute of Community Wellness and Athletics (ICWA) hosted Postural Respiration in Albuquerque, NM Sept. 9-10. This course was a faculty member's dream! Most of the class attendees were brand new to PRI or had only taken Myokin or a home study course previously. From the very start, the curiosity and attention was palpable and students followed closely every step of the way into a PRI weekend journey of challenge and discovery. Questions were plentiful with great re-states of concepts and honest feedback that, yes, the amount of information in this course can feel daunting for first time attendees but they wanted to hang in and work hard to really get it! The questions directed repetition from many angles that led to understanding of the basic principles of PRI. One of the many topics that vexes new attendees ( It certainly vexed me at first!) is Superior T-4 Syndrome. What helped was a strong foundation that everyone absorbed on rib kinematics driving a spinal column and that ribs are driven by respiration and respiration is driven by neurological patterns. These guys got it. What helped for the strength and conditioning group was that scalenes are like "Romanian Dead Lifters" lifting upper ribs creating a patho-mechanical pattern of respiration. Before lecture on James Anderson's page 50 in the Appendix on Thoracic Airflow, Typical BC and Superior T-4 Syndrome, the class had had a demonstration on a "long tall Sally/Sam" that demonstrated BC testing, then manual restoration techniques including Superior T-4 technique to assess for Superior T-4 Syndrome and then identifying when and why a manual Subclavius Release is needed. Then they assessed and practiced the two manual techniques after being shown what the reasoning behind the assessment and manual approach. The lecture into Page 50 just made sense to these new students since they could apply a concept to actual experience that they just practiced in lab and could now apply since they had a better picture in their minds as to what patho-mechanical respiration is and how to identify and treat with manual and non-manual techniques. The enthusiasm, especially on Sunday afternoon after an information/paradigm changing weekend can feel over-whelming, was just great. Thank you Nathanael Smith and Jonathan Esquibel for being great site hosts and especially Jessica Kisiel, PRT for assisting! In this faculty member's opinion, New Mexico will be a great new state for PRI and I hope to be invited back! Myokin will be there February 2018!

Posted September 11, 2017 at 2:14PM

It is always great to teach material where there are individuals that are assisting the understanding of the course material, objectives and application.  We always try to balance out our PRI courses with adequate assistance from “lab assistants” based on number of course attendees.  We had two wonderful assistants scheduled, Miquel Aragoncillo BS, CSCS, ACSM, HF, PRT and Frank Mallon PT, DPT, PRC, two of the nicest and genuine people I know.   However, we also were gifted with a number of other “assistants” that helped make this two days clinically resonate.  First of all a big shout out to Katherine Dixon DPT who was the perfect subject with a non-pathologic TMCC and a beautiful underlying LAIC/RBC.  Without her we would not have had one of the most ideal set of outcomes she displayed with pre and post testing, using Cervical Revolution methodology and assessment recommendations.  We all saw and experienced an unforgettable demonstration that was at times even surreal for me.  Perfection!   Wish we would have had Matt Hornung there to video this and the solid results correlating with testing procedure revolving around the neck.   Byron Curletto CMT, CPT beautifully demonstrated the correct way to carry out the Standing Cervical-Cranial Repositioning PRI technique, while Kristen Wilson PT,DPT, GCS objectively showed us how to carry out the Supine Active Sacro-Sphenoid Flexion PRI technique and objectively demonstrate to her husband, Michael Wilson PT,DPT, OCS that her neck symptoms are real and appear to be coming from the neck as a result of her mandibular pattern and malocclusion. They were instructed to go out on a date night after the course. .. hope they will if they haven’t yet. Dr. Howard Hindin DDS was there with Brad Gilden PT, DPT, CFMT, FAAOMPT, CSCS and enlightened and reinforced material that was complimenting their efforts through The American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry.  I am looking forward to spending time with them in Puerto Rico and further present, collaborate and discuss the importance of establishing “neutral” airways in all of our patients.  Jon Herting PT, DPT, CSCS  not only helped The Training Room Physical Therapy schedule and host this weekend course, but also did a great job in assisting administratively and with our nourishment needs. Nancy Brown NSCA CPT allowed us to visually see how a person with a cranium that is in a Right Torsional position can benefit from PRI, by placing her pre and post pictures in the Powerpoint. All of these people were my “assistants” and without them this course and its direction would have been significantly stymied! So to all these who attended and all of these assistants. Thank you.

Posted August 29, 2017 at 3:50PM

Thank you Stan, Christie and Impact staff for hosting Pelvis Restoration this past weekend. We had a fabulous weekend introducing some recent updates to the Pelvis course. The Hruska Abduction lift test was added to the course. It's a great test for assessing frontal plane integration of the pelvis. The practitioners found it to be a great tool for clinical application when assessing their patients to assist with reciprocal and alternating function. It was an amazing group with critical thinkers. Thank you for a weekend of your time. Also, a shout out to Kenny who lab assisted for me. Great weekend. Great people.

Posted August 29, 2017 at 11:20AM
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The PRI Fitness and Movement Course had its debut in Nebraska this past weekend at Gibbie's training facility: XplosiveEdge in Omaha. Thank you so much to Team Xedge for being wonderful hosts and inviting us into your homebase. You guys are top notch and we are so grateful to have spent the weekend with you! Keep up the great work!! This specific course was jammed back with brilliant minds including Mr. PRI himself, Ron Hruska. Thank you Ron and all the attendees that came out to learn and support our affiliate course efforts. It was a fun weekend and we hope you all enjoyed the material presented! One of the main focuses of this course is to emphasize the dynamic thoracic posture required for effective diaphragmatic breathing. When we develop too much external muscle mass overtop of a rigid axial frame, our breathing system can become strained. Overtime, this strain can affect our core performance and our abdominal’s ability to synchronize properly with our hips and shoulders. The strain also causes hyperactivity of various muscle chains which can limit how our ribs move and rib mobility is crucial for our durability and spine health. With PRI, we understand breathing is more than just about the thoracic diaphragm and ventilation. We need to be able to move air within our bodies in order to shut off the hyperactive chains of muscles and dissolve the unwanted muscle tension to optimize our postural health. Want to perfect your application of PRI? Three sites left for 2017! Denver, Minneapolis, and Frederick, MD. Hope to see you there!

Posted August 24, 2017 at 10:59AM
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We are excited to announce an updated name, course description and course objectives for PRI Integration for Geriatrics. Watch below for more information on why we made the change.

This advanced lecture and lab course is designed to help clinicians restore gait dynamics and functional performance when working with geriatric populations or the immobile, frail or chronic of any age. Participants will gain an appreciation for PRI fundamental principles and the common asymmetrical patterns that can lead to faulty movement, pathomechanics and pain. PRI assessment tests designed specifically for geriatrics and low functioning patients, clients or athletes will be introduced to guide exercise selection, program planning and to monitor progress. Treatment recommendations are designed specifically for geriatric and low functioning populations to help them deliver successful treatment outcomes when traditional PRI positions and activities may not be well tolerated. Respiration and alternating reciprocal movement will be emphasized during program development and lab experiences to help restore ADL function, bed mobility, transfer ability, dynamic balance and gait performance.

Course Objectives

  1. Understand the influence of asymmetrical breathing on tri-planer gait dynamics and functional performance.
  2. Recognize the human asymmetrical patterns that can negatively influence alternating reciprocal motion in the bed, recliner, chair and upright positions.
  3. Assess movement dysfunction by breaking down the essential components of early stance, late stance and swing in gait.
  4. Design a functional program using PRI concepts and techniques to restore alternating reciprocal function across the pelvis, thorax and extremities.

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Posted August 24, 2017 at 10:30AM

The Pacific Northwest was our host location for Myokinematic Restoration. What a gorgeous location and perfect weather we had in Everett, WA. Thanks to our host facility, ATI and Betsy Baker-Bold. We had a fantastic mix of individuals who were new to PRI, and those who have taken several PRI courses in the past. Not only that, but we had a great mix of fitness, strength, and rehab professionals, as well. I had never visited the Seattle area previously, and I was not disappointed. Thanks to Betsy, as well as Amy Malinowski and Chris Nicholson, who were kind enough to help in lab and show me some great places to eat. We spent a great deal of time exploring what makes us "Batman", and how to get more "Bruce Wayne" in our lives, as well as what it takes for us to get our "Boy Band" back together. And we were fortunate to have a lot of lab time so we could explore what it felt like to facilitate and, more importantly, inhibit polyarticular chains of muscles. My thanks to William Trujillo for letting us use him as my lab "volunteer." Thanks to Greg Lewerenz, Curtis Van Wyck, Xavier Williams, Sarah Black, Sarah Somers, and Julianne Clark for your great questions and keeping us on track. Great weekend!

Posted August 22, 2017 at 11:24AM
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