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Blog Posts in 2018

We are excited to introduce SYMBA! (Synchronized Movement of Bilateral Asymmetry) As many of you may be familiar with the Pelvis Models that are frequently utilized within the PRI community, you may also begin to see the use of our newest collaboration with the team at SAWBONES. This articulated Ribcage is fully functional in providing visual feedback to your patients or clients and allows many PRI concepts to be demonstrated. We have been working over the past several months to develop this model which allows movement in all three planes!

The photos Included below show some of the many prototypes that were created between our staff here at the Institute and the team of engineers at SAWBONES in Vashon, WA.

This image shows the initial prototype (Left) which quickly progressed to the smaller size.

Sizing and designing of this model required creating a new mold to achieve the desired dimensions which was made from a newly created resin that allows the model to bend and rotate. Initially the spinal column was in a solid state and a new mold and material was again designed to allow flexion and extension of the spine to occur. The team at SAWBONES is top notch and although many of these requirements were difficult to achieve they never gave up and continued designing until these outcomes were met.

SYMBA, is available now!

For more Information CLICK HERE.

To see all available Tri-Planar Models CLICK HERE

Posted August 13, 2018 at 3:41PM

Engaging into discussions regarding right lateral superior and posterior inferior chest wall expansion is so rewarding when the engagers truly want to understand the reasoning behind the intent and the outcomes purpose.  Regardless how we feel about internal physiologic or physical movement of our anatomy, we all stay alive through compression and decompression.  This course reviews the neuro-mechanical patterns of basic diaphragmatic decompression, i.e. expansion, and corresponding direction of compressive forces, i.e. abdominals and body position.  Having 50 engaged class participants from seven different areas of study, allowed all of us to compress and decompress not only in the lab setting, but during questions and answer sessions, that were as valuable, in my opinion as the material in the power point and in the manual.    Joseph Turic DPT, Aleena Kanner ATC, NASM, Beth Lewis and many others in the lab setting were so helpful in expanding minds, behavior and concepts.  Navin Hettiarachchi ATC, Dip MT, MCMT, ATC, PRT, CSCS and Sean Light MS, RSCC, LMT, CS, PRT, as lab assistants,  expand anyone or everyone that gets close to them with their smiles alone.   It was so wonderful to have Gail Wetzler DPT, EDO, BI-D, a very prominent Barral Institute instructor,  in attendance.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to get to know her better.  We were scheduled last year to present in Puerto Rico at the AAPMD conference, before Maria hit.   Please read my tweet on how people like her expand my moral compass.

Finally, I want to thank all the wonderful people at Finish Line Physical Therapy.

They not only allow us to expand PRI in the New York City region, again,  but actually took part in expanding this course by reviewing their lab discoveries, and by expanding my stomach through feeding me the peanut butter filled pretzels!  These have become a Finish Line staple of expansion. Thank you.  

Ron 

Posted August 8, 2018 at 1:58PM
Categories: Courses

The beautiful golden state did not disappoint this past weekend as Velocity Sports Performance hosted PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement at their Redondo Beach facility. We had such beautiful weather and a fun group. I wish I could have stayed a few more days! Special thank you to our hosts, Ken Vick and Yo Arakaki for opening up the facility and bringing great minds together to network and learn. Some of the best personal trainers, strength coaches, and other movement professionals from the area and other surrounding states joined us to advance their understanding of breathing, trunk stability, tri-planar biomechanics, and Postural Restoration.

Our first day emphasized respiratory mechanics influence on spine health and posture. We discussed principles of thoracic mobility, diaphragm movement, managing airflow, pressure, and hyperactivity to empower axial frame symmetry to improve alignment and load absorption. Day two dissected frontal plane core organization by actively working the micro movements of the lumbo-pelvic hip complex and integrating those movements with thoracic posture and breathing principles to improve grounding and sensing position. With this we emphasized the perspective of managing spine position via rib handles and pelvic inlets, and discussed closed chain grounding strategies to extend and erect the postural system to vertical. By understanding these micro movements and more intricate relationships, along with the management of internal pressure (i.e. breathing application) we help our clients better organize intrinsic muscles and arrange body segments to improve stability. This organization helps prime movers activate the mechanics to move more efficiently and better oppose external forces and load.

I love California and can't wait to return! Thanks again to all those that attended. Thank you also to PRC Matt Varca for all his help with this course and being a great resource to those in California. As I mentioned last course review, we are wrapping up the year and there are only two courses left to sign up: Chicago area and Philadelphia. Visit the Affiliate Course section on the PRI website under Programs and Courses to learn more. You don't want to miss out of this years course! I hope to see you there!

Posted August 7, 2018 at 11:21AM
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Alaska!  I can’t tell you how amazing this 49th state is.  I arrived here in Anchorage to represent the Postural Restoration Institute to teach the class we call Cervical Revolution.  I was hosted by Joy Backstrum PT, PRC and Katie Piraino PT (soon-to-be PRC) who own The Physical Therapy Place LLC

Our group included several PT’s who are already planning on achieving their PRC status.  Also on hand was Owen Mandanas DDS who owns a dental practice in Anchorage and has a strong interest in PRI and her role as a PRI practitioner working with PT’s in Anchorage.  Laura Kompkoff OD is an optometrist who works with Joy and Katie and has attended several PRI Vision courses.  She has a strong interest in PRI and continues to improve her skills as she treats patients.  Together, we all dove into the complex details of management of the cervical spine first by understanding the polyarticular muscle chain called the Temporo-Mandibular Cervical Chain (TMCC) and then the rather significant details of the cervical spine’s arthrokinematics as they relate to the occiput and bones and joints of the cranium.  We then explored cranial strain patterns and the role the entire stomatognathic system plays on the cervical spine.  While this class can sometimes seem daunting at first, I would like practitioners to know that it isn’t as bad as it may seem and that the information is vital to answering questions you may have about progressing your own patients. I plan on remaining here in Alaska for a couple more weeks and enjoy the scenic beauty as I venture into the interior with my daughter Sophia.  So, while you’re reading this, I will be on a horse in a pack string of horses looking for a Dall Sheep Ram and some caribou.  I hope to see you soon in a class somewhere but if you EVER get the chance to come to Alaska for a course....DO IT!!!

Posted August 6, 2018 at 11:28AM
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The Impingement and Instability PRI Course is one of my favorite courses to relate PRI concepts with actual course attendee’s multiple interests and perspectives. It is also a wonderful course to establish relationships through similar mindsets and settings. The University of Arizona host site is a perfect place for this type of activity to take place. There were a number of people with different perspectives, interests and mindsets to make this course so beneficial for everyone in attendance, as well as, to appreciate reference integration reasoning from different pre- designed perspectives and pre-established relationships. 

Brittany Cline PT, DPT,ATC , Bruce Johnston ATC and the other University of Arizona host site attendees were and are so hospitable.

I enjoyed having Brittany’s 3 month old son, Jackson, in the course.  He attended both days and is sensing his right lateral chest and demonstrating to the class how to sense and use this reference center in one of the attached pictures. I am quite sure Jackson is the youngest course attendee I have ever had, and for the most part was all smiles both days.

 

Victoria Humphrey PT,  Samantha Yeoman ATC, and Nathanael Smith ATC, CSCS, thank you for being such willing class models. The weather was warm outside but everyone was so cool inside. I really enjoyed walking around this beautiful campus and hope that someday this host site will become a Postural Restoration Certified Center. I can understand how James Anderson MPT,PRC  loves these people, loves the facility and loves the food; even though Café Poca Cosa was closed for the summer. Jen, you can send me here anytime you want in the future. I also look forward to another great conversation on PRI Integration of I and I concepts with those who want to rest and relax with models of activity that include sleep, breathing, life enhancement programs and spirituality,  with Maria DelliVeneri ATC. Maria, it was so great to get to know you better. Thank all of you for your pursuit of PRI integration in your ‘musculoskeletal’ worlds.

Ron

Posted August 2, 2018 at 2:41PM
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James and I were outside of Charlotte, NC this past weekend teaching PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement. We started the weekend highlighting rib mobility and breathing mechanics to empower abdominals and core organization. Then we broke down key components of the frontal plane to empower mechanical position around the pelvic-hip complex and integrate upper abs with lower abs. We planned out several different labs which isolated the various components in a systematic way so that attendees could feel relationships build off one another. PRI is such a gift to us all. By understanding the patterns at which position is lost, we can train muscles and optimize functional movement in a systematic way for motor learning. This approach truly is “functional fitness” as it preserves key mechanical relationships needed for biological well-being and performance. By learning how to train each side of the body independently and optimize frontal and sagittal relationships, we can improve how the brain regulates stability and mobility. This is so important for today’s culture of fitness! Our programming recommendations incorporate building and developing movement variability, with the initial stages establishing the fundamental breathing awareness, and then subsequent stages incorporating foundational principles to improve three dimensional core control, proximal stability, and independently limb function.

I absolutely love how this course brings together great minds and diverse backgrounds. We had yoga instructors, strength coaches, personal trainers and rehab specialists all learning and working with one another. We were fortunate to have two very seasoned and experienced PRC’s attend and provide great insight to encourage others:

From Jean Masse PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, PRC: "The PRI Fitness course is a great medium for shifting into highly useful and practical applications of what we often over complicate and get bogged down by. I really like the “dosing” idea and keeping programs moving even if they’re not perfect. I noticed almost every participant in the room was far different in their bodies and changes in how they looked at fitness. Over only two days that’s huge. Imagine over a month or year and also the effects on others they are interacting with. Tremendous good done here.”

From Kyndall Boyle, PT, PhD, OCS, PRC: "The PRI Fitness course definitely exceeded my expectations! I enjoyed witnessing the ongoing evolution of PR science in both the manual documents and in James and Julie’s teaching. I love the organization of preserving the sagittal then frontal and lastly transverse planes! Fine tuning my verbal cues with patients the next day after the course made an immediate and noticeable difference to them! Thanks for a great course and all the hard work and time that went in to preparing it!"

Thank you ladies for sharing your feedback!

Also special thanks to the Precision Fitness team and Pierre Ortiz for hosting and bringing this course to Cornelius, NC. Great facility and staff there doing great things for their community!

If you haven’t attended the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement course yet this year, sign up today! You won’t regret it! We have three PRI Fitness courses left for 2018! We will be outside of the LA area in Redondo Beach next month, followed by outside of Chicago in Northbrook in September, and finally we end the season in Philadelphia in October.

Lastly, if you know of a good facility to host this course in 2019 please email the institute directly as we are currently working to finalize the course schedule for next year!

Posted July 25, 2018 at 9:50AM
Categories: Courses

Dr. Heidi Wise is the featured speaker at this year's Middle Atlantic Congress of Optometry meeting titled "Finding Balance in Visually Asymmetric Demands: Neurological and Optical Constraints." Also presenting at the two day event in Pittsburgh, PA on October 20-21, 2018, are Dr. Paul Harris and Dr. Gregory Kitchener.

Dr. Wise will be discussing evaluation, therapy and lens applications for disturbances of the visual process from a neurological perspective. Dr. Paul Harris will discuss the relationship between posture and the visual process, and Dr. Gregory Kitchener will offer topics related to organizing observations in visual training, recognizing the visual process in action, and re-directing training activities to develop visual abilities more consistently.

If you are an optometrist, CLICK HERE for more information on how to register for this event.

 

Posted July 23, 2018 at 2:14PM
Categories: PRI Vision

Hey PRI People,

I am reaching out to the PRI community to inform all Dallas residents that I am starting a PRI peer mentor group. The intent is that we have monthly or bi-monthly in-person meetings to provide a quality opportunity for learning. If anyone is interested in joining the group, feel free to shoot me an email at john.hfap@gmail.com.

John Earls PT, DPT

Posted July 19, 2018 at 8:26PM

The Sunshine State, and its urban gem, Miami, was the destination for the latest Postural Respiration course. Where else does one listen to Cuban salsa performed live outside the local grocery store? Thank you Cyndi Becker, MS, LAT,ATC, Lauren Reynolds, ATC, and Rodrigo Martinez, DAT, LAT, ATC for hosting at Florida International University, and giving this speaker a respite from the heat and humidity of DC (yes – Miami is more pleasant than DC in mid-July!).

For the majority of the class, this course was their first exposure to the paradigm-shifting tenets of PRI, supported by knowledge of human anatomy and by scientific literature that spans many decades and disciplines. We evaluated models from both the power point and in the flesh for evidence of sub-optimal breathing patterns and postural influences: thoracic flat backs, loss of apical expansion, belly and neck breathing, paradoxical breathing, and hyperventilation. We correlated these findings to our objective tests and patient-client complaints.

Participants learned the value of establishing and maintaining a left diaphragm ZOA, without which movement quality suffers and the ability to recover sufficiently is unlikely. Our discussion on non-manual techniques included their value in positively changing movement behavior through manipulating the nervous system and shifting the locus of control onto the individual. This group developed solid competency in performing and interpreting PRI objective tests, manual rib techniques, and effective cueing of non-manual techniques. You are ready to go forth and practice in a way that will be forever different than you used to!

Everyone facilitated the learning through their questions and comments. A special thank you to our models and readers: Amy Brown, DPT; Erik Kilstrup, CSCS; Rene LeBlanc, MPT, OCS; Rodrigo Martinez DAT, LAT, ATC; Julian Rivera, DPT, ATC, CSCS; Edwin Santiago, CPT, CES, PES, CS; Joseph Vuksanovic, LMT; and David Young, CSCS. A heartfelt “thank you” goes out to Megan Bollinger, DPT, PRC, for her thoughtful comments and great energy in lab. All of you Floridians have a superb mentor in your midst who would love to help you on your PRI journey.

Posted July 19, 2018 at 9:16AM
Categories: Courses

Mercer University in Macon Georgia played host to the Postural Restoration Institute as I was there to teach one of my favorite classes: Impingement and Instability. Macon is about 90 miles south of Atlanta and was the home to the Allman Brothers Band, Little Richard, Otis Redding and a ton of other incredible and famous musicians and bands. Macon is in the heart of Dixie and Mercer is a phenomenal University with an outstanding Athletic Training and sports medicine department. Amos Mansfield ATC is the head athletic trainer at Mercer and he was our host. Amos did a fantastic job and he continues to work on his PRT status because he has seen what he is capable of doing with PRI science. We had 22 professionals in class and the course went very well. Many of the gang are also pursuing PRC or PRT status. I&I is a super fun class that takes a really deep dive into the neuro-mechanics of postural discord. It is a class that is advanced and fun to negotiate as it seems to morph into a different iteration each time it is taught. Kenny Ishii flew over from Japan and provided some valuable insight as he wrapped his head around the I&I concepts in preparation to teach this class in Japan in the coming years. Jason Robey was also on hand in the class and I always appreciate his input. Incidentally, Jason just defended his doctoral thesis and it’s all about PRI! Further, Mercer University and Amos Mansfield created a setting that was tailor made for learning. I am a little prejudiced since I do some work at Mercer and I am very proud to be affiliated with them. I hope that those of you who haven’t taken Impingement and Instability will consider it in the future. The secondary courses at PRI are so very valuable at putting the pieces from the primary courses together in a meaningful way. That’s how one of the course attendees put it in their summary! I look forward to seeing you soon in the next class!!

Posted July 18, 2018 at 1:21PM
Categories: Courses
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