Ep. 3 - Mike Cantrell, MPT, PRC

Welcome to the third episode of the Postural Respiration Podcast! In this episode, I am joined by Mike Cantrell, MPT, PRC who joined Ron Hruska and James Anderson (Episodes 1 & 2) early on in teaching and presenting some of the earliest Postural Restoration coursework. After hearing about a Protonics device at a presentation in Houston, TX, Mike’s interest in the theories and concepts behind the approach used by Ron Hruska at the time grew into several trips around the country following his coursework and attending several weekend lectures. 

Mike graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Georgia in 1981, followed by a period in the Army as a Ranger. After this period, Mike returned to school to complete his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University School of Medicine in 1989. Following graduation, Mike accepted a role returning to the University of Georgia as the Physical Therapy Director, with the ultimate goal of eventually moving into private practice.

While expecting their first child, Mike and his wife decided to move to Warner Robins, Georgia and start The Cantrell Center, which would serve much of middle and southern Georgia and all of the surrounding communities as the first Wellness Center of its kind in the area. In this episode, Mike discusses the trials and tribulations of not only starting a practice, but also the many arrows he and other initial instructors faced while presenting this newly founded material. Mike takes us through the events that led him to attend dozens of PRI courses which eventually led to his strong desire to teach and spread the message of asymmetry and power of respiration. 

Since becoming faculty, Mike has trained for and added numerous courses to the list that he teaches, and along the way he has mentored and supported numerous other PRI students on their journey. After many years in private practice, Mike eventually sold his clinic and now steps through many different ‘doors’ working side by side with other PRI trained and certified professionals as well as dentists and other airway management specialists. Mike discusses how his foundation of PRI allows him to apply these concepts while walking through these various doors and professions and how he integrates the science within them.

Mike now teaches Myokinematic Restoration, Postural Respiration, Impingement & Instability and Cervical Revolution for the Institute while remaining active with patient care. Mike currently practices in Macon, GA with fellow PRC, Jason Robey, and Athletic Trainer Amos Mansfield. When not in Georgia, Mike consults with various groups throughout the country and works side by side with Dr. Elizabeth Caughey at her practice in Atlanta. Mike enjoys spending time on his farm in Warner Robins and playing Harmonica in his Band!

History of Passion

The Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) is built around 30 years of clinical practice associated with recurring successes of specific patient treatment programs. We established reproducible, outcome-based programs based on consistent evidence-based correlations, discovered with patient biomechanical, respiratory, and neurological functional patterns and limitations. My passion for the integrated systems of the body has resulted in an examination and intervention process of the asymmetrical human body called Postural Restoration.