Ethnography of the Postural Restoration Subculture: a Posture Based Approach to Patient/Client Management
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy:
Kyndy Boyle is the author of this 223 page dissertation which includes five chapters, appendices, tables and figures as a result of a qualitative study to identify and describe in detail the findings, beliefs, clinical reasoning and concepts of Postural Restoration (PR). A history of the Postural Restoration Institute™, the Protonics Neuromuscular System® and the PRISM pool is given as well as a definition of PR. Several direct quotes from interviews with Ron Hruska and the first five physical therapists certified in PR are presented. Unsolicited direct quotes from patients describing their experiences of having physical therapy management from PT’s trained in PR are also presented. Three color figures are included depicting the associated soft tissue and bony relationships to the Left Anterior Interior Chain (L AIC) pattern as well as the Brachial Chain (BC), and Temporal Mandibular Cervical Chain (TMCC) patterns. A comparison of Postural Restoration and Florence Kendall is also described in detail. Implications of Postural Restoration on the health professions are also given.
Nova Southeastern University
College of Applied Health and Nursing
Physical Therapy Department
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