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Blog Posts in 2017

IFAST! Indianapolis was the location of Myokinematics where I spent this past weekend. Many people are aware of IFAST and the team of Bill Hartman, Mike Robertson, Ty Terrell, Jae Chung, Lance Goyke and Tony Giuliano. These are good guys with good hearts. This was a weekend of fun and fellowship as well as fantastic learning. Bill Hartman was a fantastic host to a large group of attendees. Many were first timers to PRI and found the course to be a paradigm shift and a "game changer" as one of them put it. I had the best time this past weekend as I got the opportunity to sit and listen to Dan Houglum MSPT, ATC/L, PRC, one of our newest instructors. Dan took the reins and led the class both days and taught them about the power of human asymmetrical movement and how to control pathological compensatory strategies. As always the class was enlightening and informative and if you are planning a foray into the world of PRI then I would suggest this "front door" of entry called Myokinematics.

Posted March 14, 2017 at 9:13AM

There is not a week that goes by in my world of PRI practice that someone does not either lament about or experience dizziness, motion sickness or nauseousness.    I had the opportunity to talk Dr. Thomas Stoffregen over two years ago about his work related to Motion Sickness and since then have read many, is not most of his articles that have been published on motion sickness as a movement disorder.  He works at the School of Kinesiology in Minneapolis MN and I can still recall the very first article I read that he wrote about this topic of “motion sickness” happening when we acquire unstable control of bodily orientation.  Also he believes recovery begins when we reacquire stable control of the body.  His suggestion that the symptoms similar to motion sickness or those that are related to motion sickness, arise from a temporary or transient movement disorder.  This was very intriguing to me, because of my recognition of similar events that occur at a time where adaption to asymmetry appeared to be very highly correlated with symptoms of dizziness, nauseousness and motion sickness.  These correlations were becoming even more evident based when the patients I evaluated were also being evaluated and co-treated with other integrative disciplines. 

Dr. Stoffregen will be presenting on both days of this year’s Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium and his experience and research will help all of us understand how those who have spent life on the moving sea and require a period of adaptation to “get their sea legs” can also help us better understand ways to control and stabilize the moving body with “their land legs”.   I have enjoyed every conversation I have had with him and look forward to meeting him personally because of his passion to study an area that I see every day, or week, with patients who believe they are on a water based vessel.   His direct comment to me was, “I would like to relate classical motion sickness to dizziness, migraine, concussion and quantitative ‘signatures’ of health that may exist in patterns of bodily movement.”   If you are working with patients who have dizziness and sea legs when on land you do not want to miss this presentation and discussion on how it relates to PRI patterns!

To learn more about Interdisciplinary Integration click HERE.

Posted March 13, 2017 at 9:11AM

Posted March 10, 2017 at 11:32AM

This past weekend I was on the road again! Teaching Cervical Revolution and being hosted by Mike Roberts MPT and his gang at Central Mass PT. These folks are the absolute best! Jacqueline Shakar DPT, Beth Reinach MSPT, Emily Mandara DPT, Laura Kidman MSPT, Dan Everson PTA and Michael Cumen DPT were all just fantastic and made all of us feel welcome. I also want to thank Anita Furbush PT, PRC and Donna Behr DPT, PRC for being such excellent lab assistants. Donna is an excellent clinician and I relied on her and Anita a great deal. I can see why Donna's new practice is thriving. Shelly DeRuiter PT, PRC was also on hand and she is such a wonderful asset to have in a class. Shelly, it was good to see you. I had two of my previous employees from my old clinic "The Cantrell Center" Cindy Rice PTA, PRC and Jamie Jaros Lochner DPT, PRC. You two are truly skilled clinicians. All 33 attendees were on hand to learn of the powerful influence of the temporal mandibular cervical chain. This polyarticular chain of muscle has such a profound influence on the neck... and teeth have a profound influence on the TMCC. How do we know when to start a dental plan? How do we work with a dentist? How do we know which oral appliance to use? These questions, and more, are broached and the reviews of this class are good. I think Ron Hruska hit a home run with the manual and the class. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Posted March 9, 2017 at 10:49AM

Precision Fitness hosted their first PRI course, Postural Respiration, this past weekend with about one third of the course being brand new to PRI and another third of the course being new to Postural Respiration. The balance of new attendees and new veterans provided a flow that kept everyone moving in a forward progression easily for the entire class to absorb and learn new material as well as deepen previous learning. This course was diverse in that their were numerous PT's from athletic departments at universities from Wake Forest to Florida State. An athletic trainer that works with solders was present and enthusiastic about taking his sixth course to deepen his skills with treating our fighting men and women. And Jennifer Smart, PT, PRC brought her wisdom and skill to make this weekend flow and to fill in any gaps of knowledge to aid in the teaching process. Did you know she has sailed halfway around the world in a sailboat with her family that her husband made? She also has a son who lives in a house that he made and just rode his bike to the tip of Baja California and back to the U.S.A.! Ole! There was so much enthusiasm from this group with a bunch of people wanting to become PRC's and PRT's. Cornelius may just be a new "hotbed" of PRI. Along with it being in the heart of Nascar racing!!

Posted March 7, 2017 at 10:42AM

Thank you Joey from Engineered Per4mance for hosting Pelvis Restoration in Iowa. We had 10 clinicians attending their FIRST PRI course. We had 5 P.T. students and 1 dental student in addition to physical therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, and a chiropractor. What an amazing group of individuals learning this past weekend. Trisha had an appropriate car decal on her truck “Pelvic Sorcery.” Of course we weren’t performing “black magic” on the pelvis, but we were applying the science and concepts of PRI to the complexities of the pelvic inlet and outlet. We need a pelvic diaphragm that can achieve a “zone of opposition” just like the respiratory diaphragm in left stance for correct forward propulsion in gait. If not, our patients will utilize the pelvic diaphragm as a postural stabilizer just like the respiratory diaphragm. Chew on that and realize the importance of opposition of the pelvic diaphragm by pelvic outlet abduction via the left obturator internus and illiococcygeus and the pelvic inlet adduction via the left iliacus. This pelvis frontal plane control allows our necks and ankles to wobble and trunks to rotate.

Posted March 6, 2017 at 3:25PM

The word “symposium” means a formal meeting at which experts deliver addresses on a topic that relates to a collection of opinions on a subject.    Remodeling dynamic perception and behavior for appropriate functional periods of time and places of neurologic “instability” is the subject of this year’s 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium.  There probably is not a greater influencer on neuro-mechanical “over” or “hyper”compensation and “over” or “hyper” stabilization than pain.  That is why we asked Sue Falsone PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, RYT to give her perspective on the topic of pain and its influences on our intervention programs.   Her experience and practical methods that can be implemented to identify pain generators should help our patients, clients and athletes decrease this “over” or “hyper” drive for protection, stabilization and patterning.  The course attendee will not only appreciate the many perspectives of pain influencing functional outcomes but will also listen to a very well known and positive minded speaker who knows how to relate motor control or lack of to pain.

To learn more click here.

Posted March 3, 2017 at 2:47PM

Last weekend I got to spend some time in Colorado teaching Impingement and Instability. Once again, Rebound Sports and Physical Therapy hosted PRI. These guys continue to be a beacon in Colorado, leading the way with this cutting edge science. Julie Vuxinic-Martin MSPT was the consummate host and she made us all feel right at home. My buddies Michael Locasto CSCS and Chris Schepel ATC from the Arizona Diamondbacks were on hand and represented well. There were several PRC's on hand as well: Craig Depperschmidt DPT, PRC, Joy Backstrum PT, PRC, Moon Hemeyer DPT, PRC and Lisa Kelly PT, PRC. Thanks for coming and thanks for your kind words. Lisa, thanks for the lift! This class, for those who haven't taken it, is a very different PRI exploration. We move forward beyond the standard algorithms noted in the basic courses and we explore concept-driven treatment plans that provide concrete ways to treat that next layer of difficult patients. Think management of "planes of movement" and "neurological reference centers". Everyone seems to be really glad they took the course after the two days is completed. It's a great advanced course that gives you a chance for real interaction and great back and forth dialogue and we had a blast! On a side note: Rebound in Loveland is where I taught my first Myokin solo class 11 years ago! It was so nice to return.

Posted March 3, 2017 at 9:37AM

I attended  a Myokinematic Restoration course this last weekend in NYC and I was scheduled to teach the course, but had the most wonderful opportunity to attend the course, as an attendee and an instructor assistant.  First of all, I always enjoy going to New York because it offers me the ability to spend time with my two grandsons, Maxwell and Dash, who live in the heart of the Meatpacking District.  I always enjoy the culture and the eclectic backgrounds of course attendees who live and come to PRI courses in  New York City.  And I appreciate, so much, the hospitality of the Finish Line Physical Therapy  staff.  Michael Conlon has become a good friend of ours and has accommodated us over the last few years in the most gracious manner.   However, this trip allowed me to see a new PRI faculty member instruct and mentor and teach me on how to “apply examination and assessment skills to neuromuscular dyssychrony and postural asymmetries that affect stability and function of the lower half”, or how to apply the third outlined objective for this course, in a manner that I have never experienced before. Dan Houglum MSPT, ATC/L, PRC held my attention the entire two days  and took me on a course that was historically and clinically presented through his lens, as a student of mine 20 years ago and as a PRI seasoned clinician and now a faculty member today.    Dan not only is one of our most prepared presentors but one of our most precision based and practical minded clinicians.  His comments on how “resistance” becomes “assistance” still resonates as I write this.  I was so proud to be his student and so humbled to be his assistant and know that any future course attendee that has the opportunity to hear him and listen to him will also be engaged and listened to, by him. 

Posted March 2, 2017 at 10:44AM

This Postural Respiration class was about 80% first time attendees to a PRI course. What was impressive was how good and how many questions were asked during the weekend. The questions were always relevant and "on point" helping to guide other students in their understanding of what can be an overwhelming experience for a first timer! This is when teaching a course is at its best when students are helping other students in understanding rib kinematics and the necessity of diaphragm shape and position as it relates to their rehab protocols and sport performance application. Erin Rajca did an incredible job as my lab assistant! Some of the questions included how does the shape of the left or right diaphragm reciprocate and alternate during dynamic activities like walking in different phases of gait? This is a first time hosting of a PRI course at this facility and the feedback on Sunday is that they want more! Thanks for hosting Apex Physical Therapy!

Posted March 1, 2017 at 4:00PM
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