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Blog Posts in 2017

We are proud to announce that the Hruska Clinic's Jason Masek will be presenting at the annual NSCA Coaches conference in Jan 2018. Click here for more information and details on the NSCA Coaches conference.

To read Jason's initial blog from the Hruska Clinic blog on this topic click here.

Posted December 27, 2017 at 9:29AM

The PRI office will be closed December 25 and 26th to celebrate Christmas with our friends and family, we will resume normal business hours on December 27th.

Posted December 22, 2017 at 3:37PM

We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) Class of 2017! PRC credentialing is the result of completing multiple advanced PRI courses, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participating in practical and analytical testing. Fifteen Physical Therapists earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Lori Thomsen, Mike Cantrell, and Jennifer Platt earlier this week.

The Postural Restoration Institute established a certification process in 2004 as a way to recognize and identify those individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute. The PRC credentialing program is available to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and chiropractors who have attended PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participate in both clinical and analytical testing. To date, 189 professionals have earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC).

To view the photo album click HERE.

Back Row (L to R): Michael Cantrell, Henry Lu, Tommy Conway, Michael DeMille, Will Waterman, Jason Miller, Anthony Iannarino, Kyle Babin,

Front Row (L to R): Ron Hruska, Karen Stillahn, Addie Holzmann, Alicia Ferriere, Michael Meurrier, Lesley Callaham, Jessica Thomas, Laurie Gribschaw, Shirly Rozenfeld, Lori Thomsen, Jennifer Platt

Posted December 19, 2017 at 3:19PM

This week, at our Annual Advanced Integration course, we presented the PRI Director’s Dedication Award to two very deserving people who have had a tremendous impact on our Institute; Kentaro (Kenny) Ishii and Sayuri (Sy) Abe-Hiraishi. The PRI Director’s Dedication Award was established by the Board of Directors 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); Michal Niedzielski (December 2015); and Jennifer Poulin and Lori Thomsen (April 2017).

Kenny is currently employed by Sporting KC as their Head Athletic Trainer and Rehabilitation Coordinator.  Kenny took his first PRI course in 2009 and was a member of the first PRT class of 2012. Kenny encouraged us to consider expanding PRI into Japan, and he has played a large role in making it possible. He has translated and teaches Myokinematic Restoration and Postural Respiration and is currently translating Pelvis Restoration.

Sy is a faculty member at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She took her first course in 2012 and was a member of the PRT class of 2014.  She has also played a large role in getting PRI Japan established, including assisting Kenny with translation of the Japanese course manuals, and assisting with the development of the PRI Japan website.

Kenny and Sy taught the first course (Myokinematic Restoration) in Japan in July 2015. In 2016, they began teaching Postural Respiration, and will begin offering Pelvis Restoration in 2018.

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

Posted December 8, 2017 at 11:51AM

James and I recently taught the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement at a great Facility outside of DC in Frederick MD. A big thank you to Josh Funk and his staff at Rehab 2 Perform for hosting! It was an awesome weekend with a good mix of PRI experienced professionals and first timers. Thank you all who attended! We were able to introduce the science of PRI as well as the neurorespiratory mechanical relationships of core stabilization, rotational control, and breathing. Sagittal, frontal and transverse plane mechanics were broken down and key relationships were taught for movement analysis and proper execution with PRI activities.

This course wrapped up the 2017 schedule. I am very thankful for a great year and even more appreciative of the feedback and ability to learn from others every time we share this material! The Fitness and Movement course continues to evolve and improve. James and I are excited to launch some new content for 2018 including new PRI activities and improved programming recommendations. I wish all a blessed Holiday season! Thanks for the continual support and hope to see you at one of our courses in 2018! Happy Holidays!

Posted November 28, 2017 at 10:14AM

PRI Integration for Baseball (Phoenix Arizona) Another first class weekend at the Salt River Fields in Scottsdale Arizona teaching PRI Integration for Baseball with Ben Hagar, DPT, CSCS, PRC. A big thank you to the entire Diamondbacks staff for hosting a great event and making sure we had everything that we needed. Guys like Ryne Eubanks, ATC, Max Esposito, PT, ATC, and Joe Rosauer, MS, ATC were always a step ahead of us providing the necessary set up, food and drinks and the lab equipment we needed. Thanks guys. And thank you to Taylor Lewis, CSCS, PRT for serving as our lab assistant throughout the weekend.

It was great to connect with some old friends and colleagues from my days living and working in Omaha, Mike Bartels, PT, PRC and Eric Pinkall, PT, PRC. Also great to see my PRC classmate and longtime friend from Minneapolis, Karen Jiran, MPT, ATC, PRC and to have her colleague Libby Lostetter, DPT, PRC attend with her. It was great to see some PRI regulars like Kim Hart, DPT, Keisuke Kanno, DPT, CSCS, and Brian Benjamin, DPT and also to get the opportunity to meet some new professionals like Jonathan Erb, PT, Hiroko Sato, ATC, Lilly Baker-Lubin, BASI, DNSET, MS and Terry Phillips, DPT. You guys were all fantastic additions to a great group and a great course.

After introducing the class to the science of PRI and the patterned human body, Ben took over and went into the fundamentals of early phase and late phase throwing mechanics. He broke down the ideal mechanics for optimal performance and compared each phase of throwing to a phase of the gait cycle. He then used slow motion video analysis and the mechanical movement charts in the course manual to break down throwing dysfunction. He did the same thing for hitting mechanics and compared right handed player issues to left handed player issues.

On the second day Ben introduced the three baseball performance tests, quadruped, sitting and standing. The lab experience allowed each attendee to get a good feel for the components of movement being tested with each test. We then then teamed up to break down the three thoracic rotational patterns and treatment recommendations for each. The treatment lab was heavily focused on Superior T4 Syndrome because of its high frequency in baseball athletes. The end of the course outlined training recommendations for early and late phase throwing for both right and left handed players. Another really great weekend integrating PRI with all things baseball.

Posted November 27, 2017 at 3:38PM
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We are so thankful for all of you who have who supported us throughout the years. PRI will be closed to observe Thanksgiving November 23-November 26. Enjoy the time with your family and friends!

Posted November 22, 2017 at 3:07PM
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This past weekend I had the pleasure of presenting Pelvis Restoration for the 3rd time in the last month! I did a course swap earlier this year as I couldn't pass up the opportunity to teach PRI in the Big Apple! My kids had a few days off from school, so we made it a family getaway. And..... My niece Kirsten who goes to school in Florida, just happened to be in the City with her Advertising club. There is nothing better than family and PRI! We spent a few days touring the city and eating our way around town. We took in a Broadway show and visited the 9/11 museum and memorial. It was a nice way to commemorate Veterans Day. Once the family fun was over, it was off to teach at Finish Line PT. This place is just so cool. I taught at this facility around 3 years ago. It is always great to teach again at the facilities that I have taught in the past. This group has taken on a passion for PRI and loves to host courses! Can't wait to come back again in the future.

Pelvis Restoration is all about the frontal plane. I think I might have repeated the femur, pelvic outlet and pelvic inlet frontal plane relationships at least 25 times. I was going for 50, but I think they got it! This group of clinicians were not afraid to ask questions to better understand the material. I had a group of experienced clinicians and first timers that we affectionately refer to as "newbies" The newbies were definitely getting it! At the first break, I was approached by Courtney Pierre who was taking his 3rd PRI course. He was not certain he was understanding PRI, but after my initial remarks, his Ah Ha moments were happening and I am so glad he shared that with me. For those that have learned from me, I know you know how much I love to teach PRI and help bring people to a greater understanding of this integrated science.  Pelvis Restoration is a great platform to begin a PRI journey as it is a bit integrated.

Another special shout out goes to our token Pilates Instructor Maddy Kulesik. Maddy came to the course on the special encouragement from her parents Pat and Ellen. They just happen to be patients and clients of ours in NC. Maddy did great and loved her first PRI course. I don't think it will be her last. Way to go Maddy.

Thanks again to everyone who spent their weekend with me at Finish Line. The staff were amazing hosts and made me feel right at home. This was my last course of 2017 and I will hit the road again in the summer of 2018. Thanks to Jen and Ron for giving me an extended break to spend with my daughter Madison as she will flying out of our nest and off to college next year.

Until we meet again... Have a blessed Holiday Season and Happy New Year.

Posted November 15, 2017 at 4:53PM
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If you ask any of our PRI faculty, the one thing that consistently makes every course enjoyable to teach is the course attendees. And the attendees in St. Louis for Myokinematic Restoration last weekend were no exception. It was a very rewarding experience to share the science of PRI to so many new health care professionals. We had 36 individuals who were experiencing PRI for the first time.

We were able to navigate positions, patterns, and mechanics, while not forgetting that position dictates function. Moving on into myokinematic performance, we were able to solidify the concepts through examples of Boy Bands, the Hamstring being the Gate keeper of the Gait Cycle, and why being The Hulk all the time is not necessarily a good thing. My thanks to Rachael Durnell, Timothy McArthur, Damon Reel, Matthew Rosenboom, and Chris Wolbert for keeping us on track with their questions.

Understanding the asymmetrical nature of the AIC pattern and how positional testing interpretation changes once that asymmetry is observed and appreciated can be a difficult task. However, this group took to this concept well. Which then allowed our progression through the Hruska Adduction and Abduction Lift tests to be a seamless transition.

My thanks to Chris Matarazzo, Mark Coalson (Mark and I went to PT school together), and Ellie Huff for allowing us to use them for demonstration purposes. We had some powerful demonstrations that allowed us to see the neuromuscular influence PRI has on the human body. A huge thanks to Nancy Hammond and Leslie Callaham for their help during the entire weekend, particularly during the lab sessions. And another huge "Thank You" to our host site, Complete Fitness Results. What a great group of people, a fantastic space, and a very enjoyable weekend.

Posted November 15, 2017 at 3:43PM
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Salem is a beautiful city about an hour's drive south of Portland depending on the traffic and time of day. My GPS routed me through rolling hills of fall colors, farmland, vineyards and past Klamath Falls. This course was hosted at Salem Health in their new rehab facility which is so busy that they are outgrowing the space just two years after construction. The facility is state-of-the-art with large windows looking at trees turning fall colors outside with green everywhere you looked. The real show was the participation of the students that had diverse professional backgrounds that included physical therapy, chiropractic, athletic training, strength and conditioning and massage therapy. There were five athletic trainers that represented two teams from major league baseball and their questions came in fast, accurate and intelligent with no curve balls! Members of the rehab team from Salem Health represented their facility by not only providing this venue but bringing energy to the whole weekend. Shout out to Mark Kucey for his recipes for an autoclave and his engineer mind with restates and questions. In fact, this entire group of students was quick with restates and questions that mattered to the rest of the class and lifted everyone's game including this faculty member! Huge kudos to lab assistant Tina Haiser, DPT, PRC and super Lisa Davis, PTA for doing the behind-the-scenes hard work of food, signing people into the course and making the weekend run smoothly for all involved.

Every course can use more time in lab is a general consensus. This weekend was no exception however lab time was ample enough to give everyone a chance to be introduced to and practice the Three Big manual techniques including L AIC, Superior T-4 and Subclavius release.

The demonstration for determining if a patient is a Superior T-4 Syndrome individual went very well considering the subject is a running coach and sees this issue in all of her patients. It was a first time for her in Postural Respiration and as a side note after the technique was demonstrated on her, she experienced a change in her neck symptoms and cuboid symptoms as well for the better. Needless to say there was no shortage of enthusiasm from the entire group and in short it was a faculty member's dream team of diverse professions sharing a common goal to help others while expanding their knowledge. One of the questions that came up is if an athlete has a pattern they rely on for performance will introducing a new pattern affect their performance? We don't want to take anyone's performance pattern away. We simply want to give them a place to find and feel new places to go in their body to rest, recover and restore.

Posted November 10, 2017 at 10:25AM
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