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Blog Posts in 2015

KA’ Athletic Training Room at the MGM Grand Hotel was filled with our own version of Cirque de Soleil PRI style this past weekend.  Understanding PRI tests to inhibit the right polyarticular chain to facilitate the left were highlighted.  It was a great weekend of learning and meeting other individuals passionate about PRI.  Thanks Stephanie and Cirque crew for hosting!!!

Posted September 22, 2015 at 1:07PM
Categories: Courses

On a recent trip to Manhattan with my family we went out to Ellis Island. With a brief stop at Liberty Island, I was thrilled to see such a sight from Lady Liberty's side. I was beaming when my wife asked me what I was smiling about. I pointed and said "look what leg Liberty stands on."  Auguste Bartholdi must have been a postural sculpture.

Posted September 17, 2015 at 5:30PM

No matter what I pick up to read these days, it seems like this one message is clear: When it comes to the brain, it’s all connected. You can’t separate the visual process from any type of behavior, emotional, physiological, or physical. You also can’t separate the visual process from the rest of the senses. While there are some that are more heavily intertwined than others, the auditory system is so close it can’t be ignored.

We use the auditory process, including our sense of vibration, to help us determine our location in the spatial environment around us and to judge the location of objects producing sound and vibration. Vibration is also felt by our proprioceptive sense. Since the two main things we have to orient ourselves against gravity are the ground below us and the space around us, our ability to accurately perceive soundwaves is critical.

Besides being the geek that I am about vision and its pervasive role in human behavior, I also have a longstanding passion for music. I grew up playing the piano and added the flute and piccolo as I got older so I could be a part of marching and symphonic bands. I continued this through college, even picking a college largely because of the band programs there. My tastes vary widely, and there’s not really a genre that I don’t have a least a song or two from in my collection. What I listen to depends on my mood, as I’m sure it does for a lot of you reading this. Ever wonder why that is?

Kenny Chesney’s “I Go Back” echoes this sentiment. Music can transport you to a different place and time. For some, it even evokes other sensory experiences, such as smells or tastes. Many of us experience emotions when hearing certain songs, which may frequently be related to the lyrics. However, there are other qualities to music that often affect our brains, and therefore our behavior. It might be the beat of the song, including whether it’s fast or slow, subtle or strong. Can you feel the bass “thumping” your chest, or is there no identifiable drum? It may be the pitch of the vocalist or of the predominant instruments; are they singing high or low notes, female voice or male voice, is there a lot of lead electric guitar, horns, strings, piano, or bass guitar?

Some of our more challenging patients who have visual-integration dysfunction also have other sensory processing difficulties. This can range from the severe, as in the case of the patient who says “I tend to be sensitive to lots of things, including sound or the feel of materials in clothing,” to the more subtle case, who can’t identify a single symptom but yet can’t manage to use neutrality in a dynamic, functional sense. If we’ve given them the ability to be neutral through visual and physical intervention, and there are no orthopedic reasons why they shouldn’t be able to maintain it, we are forced to look at what other sensory processes might be obstacles.

This brings us to the Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium for 2016. It is such an exciting time to be in involved with PRI. For me, personally, it answers more of the “how did I get this way” question that I know many of you have as well. It also gives me a chance to bring two of my passions in this world together, vision and music. For our patients, it’s another tool we are researching and understanding more about every day. For a few of them, it’s already been the icing on the cake.

The thing I love about this most is that we know we will never have all the answers to why this amazing brain of ours does what it does; but it sure is exciting to keep trying to find out all we can.

Keep moving beyond sight!

Dr. Heidi

Posted September 17, 2015 at 4:17PM
Categories: Courses PRI Vision

This year we are offering an optional Interdisciplinary Integration evening series on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Advanced Integration. You must be signed up for Advanced Integration to attend these sessions. They will be offered from 5:15-6:30pm each night if you would like to attend. 
Thursday-Dr. Rebecca Hohl and Ron Hruska will present on Dental Occlusion. 

Friday- Dr. Heidi Wise will present on PRI Vision

Saturday- Dr. Paul Coffin will present on Podiatry.

Posted September 17, 2015 at 1:48PM
Categories: Science PRI Vision

It's already mid-September, which means that the Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) application deadline is quickly approaching. We are excited to welcome Certified Athletic Therapists (through the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association) to apply for PRT this year!

If you are interested in applying, applications must be received by October 15th. International applications can be submitted electronically (as one PDF file), however all other applications should be mailed (2 copies).  CLICK HERE to find out more information about the PRT credentialing program. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me!

Here are a few testimonials from some of those who have completed the PRT credentialing program:

"It was one of the most meaningful two days that I have ever had! Thank you guys so much for providing us this opportunity."
- Akihito Tajima, ATC, PEC, 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

"While the application process was quite rigorous, it sets a high standard and I feel confident with my colleagues' passion, intellect and knowledge regarding PRI. The credentialing process was a complete joy and an additional learning process!"
- Lilla Marhefka, PhD, HFS, CES, CSCS, PRT

Posted September 10, 2015 at 10:43AM

Can you say left femoral adduction, outlet abduction, inlet adduction coupled with right femoral abduction, outlet adduction, and inlet abduction three times fast?  Canton, CT was all about the frontal plane this past weekend.    I emphasized the importance of frontal mechanics at the pelvis to integrated transverse plane at the thorax.  The participants understood once tri-planar motion occurs synchronization of the respiratory and pelvic diaphragms happens.  The course attendees were attentive, inquisitive, and dynamic.  We had a great weekend.  Many thanks to Paula Webster and the Canton Physical Therapy crew for hosting and Michael Mullin for lab assisting.  You were fabulous!!! 

Posted September 4, 2015 at 8:30AM
Categories: Courses

Congratulations to Carrie Langer and Karen Jiran on the 10 year anniversary of opening Kinetic Physical Therapy Institute. Kinetic was the first Postural Restoration Center in Minnesota. Over the years they have become leaders in the field of physical therapy.  Through their dedication and hard work they have continued to apply PRI principles and are always challenging themselves to think outside the box. They have mentored many colleagues, students, physicians, and trainers to learn about PRI concepts. 

The Kinetic staff wants to thank you for helping us to become better clinicians and provide us with the guidance to problem solve and provide quality care for our patients. We appreciate all that you two do for us!

Thank you!

-the staff at Kinetic Physical Therapy Institute

Posted September 2, 2015 at 8:09AM

My first trip ever to California for Postural-Visual Integration this last weekend did not disappoint!  Sensory awareness (aka Vision) and how it can impact physical performance is what our two days were all about.  Between the truly amazing visual scenes at the course location and the coast, the smells and sounds from the ocean and a ballpark, and the sight and sounds of a group of people having fun learning it was a weekend I’ll always remember.  Sensory experiences change lives; this was reinforced by a text I received the morning after the course from an attendee working with an 82-yr-old who has serious balance problems who was walking better during his visit using visual techniques learned the day before.  I couldn’t be more fulfilled!  

Thanks to Skip George and John Swain for hosting at this incredible venue!  It could not have been more perfect for a course all about “sensing” the space around you and the ground under you.   Thanks also to all the attendees, a great mixed group of PTs, OTs, trainers, strength coaches, massage therapists, and a  behavioral optometrist, for indulging Ron and I for two days while we played verbal ping-pong!  Here’s to Moving Beyond Sight!

Dr. Heidi

----Ron demonstrating a technique from Phase II:  Mimicking

----Caleb, Matt, and John finding “new floors”

Posted August 27, 2015 at 1:38PM
Categories: Courses PRI Vision

To IFAST I went with a flair
To meet the best anywhere
The whole class was groovin
On how humans are movin
And I was knocked outta my chair

Bill Hartman up front as the host
With visitors from coast to coast
And the party that night 
Was really a sight
As Lori made toast after toast!

We learned movement cannot be robotic
Not crocodilian or neurotic
That appliances next
May help us all flex
Ask Zac 'bout the ultimate orthotic

But seriously my time was well-spent
With some very fine ladies and gents
Whose goals were the same
The I and I game
and I'm really so glad that I went


Posted August 26, 2015 at 11:27AM
Categories: Courses

We are excited to announce yet another PRI primary course has been approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) for Evidence Based Practice (EBP). Postural Respiration – An Integrated Approach to Treatment of Patterned Thoraco-Abdominal Pathomechanics (Live and Home Study) has been approved for EBP CEUs beginning August 20, 2015.

Postural Respiration (LIVE): 

BOC Approved EBP Provider #P2376-2031

This program has been approved for a maximum 15.0 hours of EBP Category continuing education.

Postural Respiration (HOME STUDY): 

BOC Approved EBP Provider #P2376-6

This program has been approved for a maximum 13.5 hours of EBP Category continuing education.

Posted August 20, 2015 at 4:41PM
Categories: Courses
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