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Blog Posts in 2009

2010 brochures will be mailed in about one week. In the meatime, you can click here to view or print an electronic version of the brochure. Now is a great time to start planning your continuing education for 2010!

Posted December 31, 2009 at 11:32AM
Categories: Courses

We have updated our website with information regarding Day 4 of the Interdisciplinary Integration course.  Day 4 will be covering REST INTEGRATION.  We are very excited for this course as this will be the 1st year we have presented on this topic. 

This session will review sleep architecture and sleep hygiene.  An overview of polysomnography (sleep readings) will be discussed to allow the clinician to understand these findings and how they relate to the rehabilitation client.  The importance of NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep stages on motor function and motor processing and learning will be discussed.  Neurohormonal events particular to specific sleep stages will be presented.  Pharmaceutical management and the use of mechanical devices including CPAP for treatment of disordered sleep will be discussed briefly, but will not be the primary aim of this session.  The mechanics of respiration, including upper airway function, as it occurs in normal sleep and disordered sleep will be presented.  This will include a discussion of the influence of movement patterns that may be adopted to establish and maintain a patent airway during sleep, especially in disordered sleep.  A discussion of both obstructive sleep apnea and central apnea will be included.  Dental sleep medicine and intervention, including the reasoning for and use of mandibular advancement devices will be covered.  Methods of screening for sleep dysfunction in the clinical setting and guidelines for when to recommend additional evaluation will be covered.  Recommendations for inter-disciplinary collaboration (including pulmonology, behavioral medicine, dentistry and rehabilitation) with the individual with disorderd sleep will be discussed.

To read the course objectives and agenda, click here!

Posted December 23, 2009 at 11:30AM
Categories: Courses

We are excited to share this article with you from the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy.  “Bilateral Functional Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in a Collegiate Football Player”, written by Jason Robey, ATC and Kyndall Boyle, PT, PhD, OCS, PRC discusses treatment of a collegiate football player using Postural Restoration. 

“Unique therapeutic exercises developed by the Postural Restoration Institute were used to optimize respiration/posture via muscle activation and inhibition.”

Check it out HERE!

Posted December 21, 2009 at 11:25AM
Categories: Articles

This is the last week to register for Myokinematic Restoration in Waterbury, CT and Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration in Shakopee, MN. If you are planning to attend either of these courses please call or register online before Saturday, December 19th to receive the early registration rates. We hope you can make it! 

Posted December 14, 2009 at 11:23AM

We are gearing up for our 4 day Interdisciplinary Integration course April 14-17, 2010.  Day one will be spent on the foot!  Curt Johnson, PT will be presenting part of the day and he wanted to share a few words with everyone!  We hope this will get you as excited as we are!

Greetings PR fans,

I’d like to briefly introduce myself and share some recent experiences. If you’re like many of us, we are looking forward to the Interdisciplinary Integration course in April 2010. I have the privilege of teaching with Ron Hruska and Dr. Paul Coffin about foot integration. The portion I will present will be called “myokinematics of the foot”. I’m quite excited about the subject and believe you’ll find it very interesting and helpful, even if you attended last year’s course (or don’t like feet).

Recently I attended the 12th annual International Conference of Foot Biomechanics and Orthotics Therapy in Atlanta Georgia, presented by the Prescription Foot Orthotics Laboratory Association (PFOLA). Three days of feet. It was great! Preeminent podiatrists, physical therapists, athletic trainers and orthotists from around the world convened and presented over current research. I am excited over the large body of research addressing postural control interventions, including both proximal and distal influences in the lower extremities. This was my second experience at one of the most collegial, multidisciplinary, multinational and fascinating conferences I’ve attended. It was a great compliment and preparation for meeting with Ron and attending Impingement and Instability again, in North Carolina this last October.

I look forward to seeing many of you in April 2010.

Curt Johnson, PT

To read more about Curt, click here!

Posted December 14, 2009 at 11:21AM
Categories: Courses

After several inquiries regarding selecting a mattress we now have something in writing!  Ron Hruska put together a helpful handout that outlines PRI’s recommendations on mattresses.  CLICK HERE!

Posted December 11, 2009 at 11:17AM
Categories: Products

We would like to give a BIG congratulations to the newest PRC class!  You guys all did an outstanding job and we are all proud of you!!

Pictured from left to right (James Anderson, Kathy Johnson, Kristen Spencer, Christy Peterson, Mike Bartels, Sidney Rivera, Eric Pinkall, Scott Pruitt, Ron Hruska).

Posted December 9, 2009 at 11:13AM

Thank you to everyone for making the Advanced Integration course a huge success!  We had a great weekend with all who attended!  For those that couldn’t make it this year, here is a picture of the entire class demonstrating the balloon technique! 

Posted December 8, 2009 at 11:12AM

Postural Restoration Certified physical therapist, John Macy, was recently featured in the Omaha World Herald for his work with Omaha Symphony musicians. His approach to movement re-education is strongly influenced by the Alexander Technique, which he has taught since 1983. John has presented numerous workshops to both movement professionals and the public on movement re-education both in the US and Europe and was a co- founder of Alexander Technique International, an international organization for the advancement of the Alexander Technique. He currently is a partner in Alexander Technique of OmahaThe Workout Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska is where John practices now, providing services in a Physical Therapy clinic and full service pilates studio that is also a PRI Certified Center. The services provided at the Workout Inc. are based on a philosophy that pain free, efficient and expressive movement can be achieved by anyone.

To read the article printed in the Omaha World Herald, click here

Posted December 6, 2009 at 11:09AM

Top Ways to Reduce Tri-Planar Integration

  1. Hold your breath.
  2. Look at the floor when walking, running or performing PRI activities.
  3. Lie on a bed that has no support or lie on your stomach or both.
  4. Walk with one or both feet turned out.
  5. Don’t move or swing one arm during gait.
  6. Clench your teeth.
  7. Never schedule an optometrist appointment.
  8. Sit for one to two hours without walking.
  9. Don’t ever touch your toes while standing.
  10. Never squat. 
Posted December 1, 2009 at 11:02AM
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