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Blog Posts in 2015

Just finished up a weekend spent with a respectful, attentive, joyful and diverse group of practitioners in Palo Alto!  We learned together about upstairs and downstairs of a pelvis, quadrants of fun and how to “think sync” with the thoracic and pelvic diaphragms.   Many thanks to Chris and Allen for your help with host responsibilities, to Agile Physical Therapy for letting us utilize their beautiful facility and to PRT’s Caleb and Matthew for their graceful help during lab time.  I had a chance to visit Stanford University Sunday after the course and enjoy the history and beauty of the campus as well as the outdoor sculpture garden.  Enjoyed a great group of learners and a beautiful scene afterward!

Posted August 19, 2015 at 10:00AM
Categories: Courses

It's that time of the year again! I just received my first PRC application in the mail! Reminder that the Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) deadline is less than a month away, September 15th, and since it will likely be another large group, we will limit the credentialing program to the first 30 applicants. Two copies of each application (including full text of the articles used in the article review portion) must be mailed to PRI, and received by September 15th to be considered for testing this December.

Are you planning to apply this year? If you are preparing your application, and have any questions, please call or email me!

Posted August 17, 2015 at 4:12PM

James and I had the opportunity to take our first round of pictures recently for the PRI® Fitness and Movement Course. Special thanks to Ryan Holleman and Rob Murphy for their assistance and hospitality. Go Wolfpack!

Our model, Matt, presented in a typical pattern which affects axial skeleton movement and proximal stability (Left AIC, bilateral BC, superior T4). We were able to reconfigure his thorax shape, diaphragm and air flow patterns with about 15 minutes of manual techniques to inhibit polyarticular chains of muscles which were dominant, then we strategically sequenced movement variability with a PRI® principle based workout. No formal correctives or rehab exercises were done. Our workout included modified RDLs, Beckman step ups, back squats, goblet squats, use of various Hammer Strength machines and much more. After nearly 4.5 hours of exercises, we retested Matt and not only did he remain neutral in all three planes both across his pelvic girdle and shoulder girdle, he tested better and was surprised at how good he felt (we did not test during the workout, only post).

Pre workout:   HGIR right 38, left 70. Horz abd right 20, left 10. Add drop right -, left +. Pass FA abd right +, left -. SLR right 75, left 65.

Post workout:  HGIR right 90, left 90. Horz abd right 55, left 60. Add drop right -, left -.  Pass FA abd right -, left -. SLR right 85, left 85.

To learn what we did, we hope to see you at our PRI® Fitness and Movement course this October. Space is limited, so please do not wait to sign up! We are confident PRCs and PRTs will enjoy perspectives presented in this course, as well as new attendees to the PRI® science. Come ready to learn and we will be ready to share some great information! Hope to see you there!

Philadelphia area October 17-18 and San Francisco October 24-25

 

Posted August 13, 2015 at 11:32AM
Categories: Athletics Courses

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Kelowna, British Columbia to present at the Okanagan Strength and Conditioning Conference at the University of British Columbia. Hosts Chris Collins and Greg DuManoir did a great job putting on a wonderful 3 day performance conference, that included a day 1 pre-conference VIP package and 2 days of amazing speakers and breakout sessions. 

I one of 2 presenters invited to speak in the pre-conference session, where he introduced basic principles of PRI and conducted a clinical evaluation and also discussed fundamentals of program planning. My keynote address the next morning was "Realizing Tri-Planer Athletic Performance through the Respiratory Diaphragm" and an afternoon full group lab session where principles of evaluation and treatment were demonstrated. 

All in all, it was a world class event that is clearly gaining a strong reputation in Canadian Performance circles and beyond, because of all the work put into the event by its hosts.  Thanks again Chris and Greg for helping to make this year's conference an amazing success! 
 

Posted August 6, 2015 at 4:40PM

North Carolina State University was the beautiful host location for PRI Vision Integration for the Baseball Player this past Sunday.  Special thanks go to Ryan Holleman assisted by Jason Robey for all the hard work that went into making this happen, to Josh Olinick and his wife Katie for sharing their home, family, food, and most importantly time with me, and also to Josh for providing the manpower to show how the shoulder motion and thoracic position changed at least 25 different times before and after each vision technique! 

I thoroughly enjoyed the room full of diverse backgrounds, since the vision concepts can be applied to patient populations other than baseball players.  And it was especially nice to have several familiar faces for my first solo run of this course; I always love to see members of the “Carolina Contingent”!  I think everyone in the room benefitted from the experience of our willing volunteer, a strength and conditioning coach for college baseball and former player, who was kind enough to be the model for our assessment and technique demonstrations.  Jon, your input and sharing with the room was invaluable!

A couple comments from the day: 

  • “I will be able to use this with my athletes on Monday!”
  • “Improved awareness of the power of the visual system.”
  • “This made vision concepts so simple to understand and use!”

All in all, mission accomplished!  I am already looking forward to the next one!

Posted August 5, 2015 at 9:39AM
Categories: Courses

Traveling to the middle of Nebraska to teach Myokinematics at the heart of Nebraska in Kearney was such a treat! Seeing old acquaintances and meeting new associates after smelling fresh alfalfa, seeing crop dusters flying and pivots moving water while traveling down I-80 reminded me of my roots and family ties. The Athletic Training Education professors and graduates reflect the values and beliefs of what make this country great. This particular course, therefore, centered around practical, meaningful, and purposeful PRI technique applications so that outcomes would also be great.

Posted August 3, 2015 at 4:32PM
Categories: Courses

THE CANTRELL CENTER FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY AND SPORTS MEDICINE
LICENSED PHYSICAL THERAPIST - IMMEDIATE JOB OPENING IN WARNER ROBINS, GA:

The Cantrell Center for Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is now interviewing for a Licensed Physical Therapist.  We are a Postural Restoration Certified Facility and you will work with and learn from the very best!                      

**Spring 2015 graduates may apply**      

The Cantrell Center for Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is proud to have served Middle Georgia and the community at large for over twenty years, as an independently owned clinic and wellness facility. Our expert services and individualized programs for our patients and clients have made us the number one outpatient rehabilitation facility in the region.  Patients and athletes travel from across the southeast, all areas of the country, and even Europe to take advantage of our unique services and unmatched expertise.

What makes The Cantrell Center a great place to work?
We are a collaborative environment, where patient care is paramount and each team member’s gifts and experiences blend to create an atmosphere of integrity and encouragement. As part of our team, you will work side-by-side with like-minded and dedicated colleagues, while enjoying the opportunity to build your own career.


WE OFFER:

  • A Work/Life Balance -- We understand that you have a family outside of work.
  • Outstanding work environment – Beautiful, clean, state-of-the-art facility! A fun, positive atmosphere!
  • Commitment to clinical excellence - You'll learn from the best!
  • Team atmosphere - Our employees care about each other!
  • Ethical standards - We have a reputation for the best patient care!
  • Constant training and learning - You will learn Postural Restoration Institute treatment methods.
  • An excellent mentoring program for new hires – especially for new grads
  • Competitive salary and benefits package

Mike Cantrell teaches Postural Restoration Institute® courses to Professional Athletes all over the United States! We are proud of his and the Cantrell Center's accomplishments!

http://www.cantrellcenter.com/blog/ 
http://www.cantrellcenter.com/testimonials/out-of-town-clients-testimonials/
http://www.cantrellcenter.com/sports-medicine/ape/
http://www.cantrellcenter.com/vision-dental-pri/

We encourage you to visit our website for more information about our company and our programs. 
If you like what you see there, please contact/submit your resume to Mary Oakley, PT, CHT, at
vpop@cantrellcenter.com.

Posted July 29, 2015 at 11:04AM

This past weekend I was in the company of giants. Art Horne (The Director of Sports Medicine at Northeastern University) and his team hosted The Postural Restoration Institute's secondary course called Impingement and Instability.  How fortunate I was to be the instructor for that class!  The group of 35 was eager to listen and more-importantly, share their experiences in the form of thoughtful questions and resulting dialogue.  It was that dialogue that ruled the two days.  We had such great exchanges that the learning became exponential as a result.  I feel as though i need to send a thank you note to each class member for what I learned.  Hopefully this reflection that I post will suffice.  Thank you Art and all the gang!  I look forward to my return to Boston. 

Posted July 28, 2015 at 11:08AM

Pelvis Restoration – Now Approved for BOC Evidence Based Practice!

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). Pelvis Restoration – An Integrated Approach to Treatment of Pubo-Sacral Pathomechanics (Live and Home Study) has been approved for EBP CEUs beginning July 20, 2015.

Pelvis Restoration (LIVE): 

BOC Approved EBP Provider #P2376-2030

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

Pelvis Restoration (HOME STUDY): 

BOC Approved EBP Provider #P2376-5

This program has been approved for a maximum 12.0 hours of EBP Category continuing education.

Beginning in 2014, Athletic Trainers are required to complete a minimum number of continuing education units (CEUs) in the BOC Approved Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Category.

Posted July 21, 2015 at 11:18AM
Categories: Courses

Enjoyed a beautiful weekend in South Florida with Jason Robey, MS, CSCS ATC, PRT and the athletic training staff at The University Miami. Jason’s experience and success with PRI in athletic performance at the university clearly paved the way for this group, making them very open to the material I was presenting. Besides having him as a lab assistant, it was great to have his help answering questions and guiding the discussion for so many new course attendees.

Myokinematic Restoration is a great course because of its attention to body position, not only for bones and joints, but especially for the muscles of the pelvic girdle and lower extremities. A positional assessment of proximal and distal muscle attachments on the right vs left sides of the body were related to the common asymmetry of the human body, a pattern called the left AIC pattern. These relationships were discussed and studied using a muscle coloring exercise and time was spent comparing the bias and the restriction in each plane for each muscle based on these positions. All of this was studied in context with stance and swing phase of the gait cycle and related to ambulatory function.

Besides position, there were other key concepts that guided our thinking throughout the weekend. We talked about compensatory hip movement patterns and compensatory hip pathologies. We talked about the need for ligamentous muscle to stabilize a hip joint when capsuloligamentous laxity destabilizes it. We talked about acetabular hole control in three planes and what is required of the AF joint during different phases of the gait cycle. We came to appreciate the muscles that oppose the left AIC pattern and muscles that make up for the ligamentous laxity on a pathologically lax hip joint. We talked about the specific planes that are the most necessary for each one of the hip rotator muscles on both the right and left sides of the body. All In all, it was a great weekend putting muscles in their proper context to help us all do a little better job balancing human performance.

Posted July 21, 2015 at 10:27AM
Categories: Courses
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