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Blog Posts in 2017

Employment opportunity:

Physical Therapist Greater Burlington VT Area

Company:  Transitions Physical Therapy LLC is a Certified Postural Restoration Center providing specialized neuromechanical outpatient PT, to a diverse population, in 2 locations.

Mission: “To change your expectations about physical therapy by achieving better outcomes through conversations, the exchange of knowledge, delivery of neuromechanical therapy, and the building of relationships within a specialist PT practice.”

Our company is growing and seeking qualified therapists who are interested in immersing themselves in a highly educational, staff development oriented, PT specialist setting.  To join our team, a successful candidate will possess strong clinical reasoning skills with a background or interest in Postural Restoration.  Our unique value proposition for a successful candidate is a career development model consisting of clinical education and a professional development track culminating in specialist certification and opportunity for clinic directorship/ownership in 5-8 years. 

Job Description:  Staff PT: A successful candidate will be able to manage a case load of diverse patients including athletes, performing artist, and orthopedic patients from adolescents to the elderly. On a day-to-day basis, you will be expected to maintain daily electronic medical records, communicate with referral sources, establish the value of physical therapy with your patients, and be an active part of an engaged, fun, caring environment.

Requirements and Qualifications: You will be a Vermont licensed physical therapist or eligible to obtain a Vermont license.  You will have demonstrated strong skills in time management, organization skills, and interpersonal skills. You will exhibit lifelong learning characteristics, be motivated to further our profession, and enjoy working with patients.

Salary:

Direct Compensation: Base salary (commensurate with experience and credentials).

In-Direct Compensation: Incentives, quarterly profit sharing, bonuses, HSA contribution, IRA match.

Perks: Charitable contributions, memberships, entry fees, clinical education, flexible schedule.

Insurance: 50% of company plan.

If you are a successful candidate and accept a position with us, your professional development will consist of:

Clinical Development: Upon successful candidacy, you will be supported on a clinical excellence track that is aimed at attaining a PT specialization in 5 years, with special emphasis placed on Postural Restoration Certification (PRC). In addition, we encourage staff physical therapist to explore SCS, OCS, Pelvic Health, or Performing Arts PT.

Career/Business Development: Upon successful completion of a specialization, you will have the opportunity to choose a Directorship Track which entails managerial development and training. Upon successful completion of the Directorship program, you will be eligible to become a Director/Owner at a clinic.

How To Apply: 

Please contact Sean Fitzgerald by e-mail at: sean@transitionspt.com to receive an application.

Posted May 17, 2017 at 4:50PM

Just enjoyed a beautiful weekend in Everett, WA working with a dynamic group of movement scientists at ATI Physical Therapy on the triplanar lumbo-sacro-pubo-femoral dynamics that encompasses Pelvis Restoration. Host PT's Jenifer Rhodes, Alexa Degel, Christopher Nicholson, Ashley Fulkerson along with excellent lab assist from PT, PRC Zach Hawthorne made for a tremendous learning environment, and we had a brief Betsy Baker Bold sighting!

This group took Pelvis Restoration in stride, engaging in discussions about theory, exercise technique prescription, integration and application of PRI to ADL's, strength training and high level dynamic stability of sports from bicycling to Cirque du Soleil endeavours. Thank you Ricky Morant, James Matson, Phillip Wehrman, Erin Bremond, Andrew Dingwall and Kaitlyn McNamara for your assistance with demonstration of various exercise techniques and principles of Pelvis Restoration. Excellent work Kate Johnson on the hands team, Julianne Clark for the posterior cranial vision showcase, Sam Briend and Lea Bell for your inquisitive and insightful addition to the class. Tina Mclean earned furthest travel honor and was a joyful contributor to discussion about clinical application during case studies as well!

Thank you to each from a very enthusiastic group who came to the Puget Sound area to enjoy Pelvis Restoration!

NYC – Concrete jungle, where dreams are made of and where heavy down pours and cancelled flights couldn’t keep us away.  It was a weekend full of feeling ribs and moving air in “warehouse chic” Finish Line Physical Therapy.

Thank you to Mike Conlon, Emmi Aguillard, Raechel Bugner, Andrew Fenack, Alicia Ferriere, Samantha Jacobsen, Alision McGinnis, Morgan Mowers, and Mike Riccardi for being gracious hosts and serving Ron his favorite pretzel snacks.   The class, a mix of PTs, PTAs, ATCs, and CSCSs, included a wide range of PRI exposure, with almost half taking a PRI course for the first time and a third who had three or more PRI courses under their belt. 

Right off the bat, Ron introduced the PRI paradigm-shifting tenet of two diaphragms, which carried us into in-depth discussions on: 1. importance of right apical and left posterior mediastinum expansion for good weight shifting and rotation; 2. how breathing habit shapes the thoracic spine and rib cage and how thoracic spine and rib cage movement and position affect breath quality; 3. how the all-mighty right diaphragm lateralizes us to the right, perpetuating the L AIC/R BC pattern of movement; and 4. The opposition muscles that attain, and maintain, a L zone of apposition.  Finally, we learned a new balloon-blowing strategy, herein dubbed “The Patrick”, in which you jiggle and wobble your rib cage to inflate the balloon.

Ron and I extend a special thank you to Bethany Delman and Nancy Brown, our lab models, and to Miguel Aragoncillo and Josh Lebow for your excellent insights in lab. 

Posted May 10, 2017 at 10:59AM

Enjoyed a great weekend traveling to Lincoln to teach the PRI Integration for the Home course at PRI Headquarters. Thank you Michelle Spicka, DPT from Husker Rehab for being such an advocate to bring the Home course back to Lincoln this year. Your persistence helped make it happen and the experience was a good one for everyone in attendance.

We spent a lot of time discussing the influences behind Lateralization in the Left AIC/Right BC Pattern. We also talked about movement variability in terms of being in a car that has the unimpaired ability to move forward, move back, change lanes right, change lanes left, turn right and turn left. We then discussed how these patterned lateralized influences can combine to cause the car attempting to make a right hand turn at an intersection to wander over into the right turning lane and not stay in the left lane during the turn as required by frontal plane law.

The group was really excited about the new ways to assess breathing and gait for a geriatric or chronic pain client. The Sidelying Horizontal Shoulder Abduction test, the Seated Gait Integration test, the Seated Gait Integration in the recliner test and the Seated Eversion with Hip Abduction tests were all well received. And all the restorative techniques for the bed, for the recliner, for the chair and for the standing position were refreshing options for populations that have needed their own exercises for a long time.

Thank you everyone for your passion and high interest in discovering functional solutions to not only geriatric and chronic pain cases, but to just about every other type of client who could benefit from this type of care. It was lots of fun.

Posted May 9, 2017 at 2:08PM

Sutter Physical Therapy sponsored their first PRI course this past weekend with 31 out of 40 students being new to PRI! Roseville is located near the base of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada of California not far from where gold was discovered in 1848. This location site was a real "nugget" when it comes to students eager to learn Postural Respiration. Suzie Maciel, PT is continuing education coordinator for this facility and this was her first course as well. She and her staff provided a great location and her support was so valuable. Thank you Suzie. In addition, she and Dan Houglum went to PT school together! Taylor Lewis, PRT and PRI faculty member Dan Houglum, who came out from Wilmette, IL, were lab assistants for the weekend. This course had "ton's" of lab with time to get into manual and non-manual techniques thanks to these lab assistants. Both were complemented on evaluation forms for their knowledge and skill with applying PRI principles.

The real show, other than the Diaphragm, or "Big D", were the students that attended. Taylor, Dan and I were more than impressed (astounded really) with the insightful restates and questions from this group of students who were always "spot on" with their questions in this course. Questions pertaining to what is the relationship with the Diaphragm and walking, how this work applies to COPD and Cystic Fibrosis, and some of the personal experiences of students learning techniques and how their bodies responded were impressive! One student, an ATC who works with a major league baseball team, took his spring vacation to attend Postural Respiration and is enthusiastic about implementing PRI with the players he works with. In addition, topics of system integration, sympathetic vs. parasympathetic as it applies to extended individuals and lateralization as it applies to the concept of neutrality and transition zones were explored during this weekend of PRI discovery!

Posted May 3, 2017 at 2:12PM

Dr. Skip George talks about how breathing compensation  (Superior T-4). He also talks about how to "unlock" the right side of the ribcage to allow airflow. He also talks about how activating a hamstring and ab wall can help along with a Gonstead adjustment.
"The brain is driving the whole show"

Learn more about Postural Respiration here.

Posted May 2, 2017 at 8:31AM

Dr. Skip George talks about how breathing dysfunction can affect ribcage, pelvis, cervical and thoracic spine movement. Scalene influence on rib rotation and how the ribs can influence the spine according to Fryette's Law are also discussed.

"Breathing is probably the most common movement dysfunction that human beings develop."

Learn more about the course Postural Respiration here.

Posted May 1, 2017 at 3:49PM

Last weekend at the PRC/PRT conference I had the opportunity to speak about how to integrate Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy with PRI to create craniofacial resonance. I explain a "cranial ZOA," "facial hole control," and an "up and back swallow" through a discussion of circles, aliens, a sticky orthotic, and some silly yet simple and effective techniques. Because of my passion for this topic, I converted the presentation into an article which can be accessed by all by clicking here:  http://heathercarrdpt.com/uncategorized/integrating-orofacial-myofunctional-therapy-and-pri-to-achieve-craniofacial-resonance/

This past week, at our Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium, we presented the PRI Director’s Dedication Award to two very deserving women who have had a tremendous impact on our Institute; Lori Thomsen and Jennifer Poulin. The PRI Director’s Dedication Award was established by the Board of Directors (Ron Hruska, Janie Ebmeier, Jennifer Platt and Bobbie Rappl) in 2012 to recognize individuals’ ongoing dedication to their advancement in PRI.

Past PRI Director’s Dedication Award recipients include: Susan Henning and Joe Belding (December 2012); Kyndall Boyle and James Anderson (April 2014); Michael Cantrell (December 2014); Jason Masek (April 2015); and Michal Niedzielski (December 2015). An award recognition plaque is currently being designed and constructed, and will be displayed at the Postural Restoration Institute®, recognizing each of the PRI Directors Dedication Award recipients.

Lori Thomsen graduated in 1995 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with her Masters in Physical Therapy. She was first introduced to PRI while working at RiverView Health in Crookston, MN in 2003. Lori was a member of the 2005 Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) class. Lori spent countless hours with Ron Hruska helping to organize and structure the Pelvis Restoration course, and joined the PRI faculty to begin teaching this course in 2010. Lori is a teacher at heart, both with her patients as well as colleagues in her PRI courses. You will see this demonstrated in the many videos, articles and blogs she has created over the years.

Jen Poulin graduated in 1991 from the University of Vermont with her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy. She attended her first PRI course (Protonics) in Burlington, VT in 2001. Jen and her husband Chris opened Poulin Performance and Rehabilitation in Burlington, VT in 2002. Jen was also a member of the 2005 Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) class. In 2012, Jen and her family moved to Southern Pines, NC and opened Sandhills Sports Performance, where their staff continues to grow, as they mentor them with PRI. After expressing her interest in teaching PRI to Ron, Jen joined the PRI faculty in 2009, teaching Myokinematic Restoration, and Pelvis Restoration beginning in 2013.

Thank you Lori and Jen for your ongoing dedication to the Postural Restoration Institute®, and congratulations on receiving the PRI Director’s Dedication Award!

Posted April 28, 2017 at 10:18AM
Categories: Clinicians

This year’s Interdisciplinary Integration was a symposium that brought together researchers and clinicians in a great two days of learning. Below are some photo highlights of the two days.  

Posted April 27, 2017 at 3:38PM
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