An Integrated Approach to Treatment of Patterned Lumbo-Pelvic-Femoral Pathomechanics
An Integrated Approach to Treatment of Patterned Lumbo-Pelvic-Femoral Pathomechanics
"Myokinematic Restoration offers an incredibly detailed journey through the lower extremity with regards to position and gait, outlining the complex relationships between movement and position for optimal human performance and function."
We have taken video from the live 15-hour lecture and lab course including Power Point slides, demonstration, lab, and audience question and answer sessions. This home study course is available online/digital which allows for viewing in the comfort of your home or office. You will have 21 days to complete the home study from the time you receive online access.
This advanced lecture and lab course explores the biomechanics of contralateral and ipsilateral myokinematic lumbo-pelvic-femoral dysfunction. Treatment emphasizes the restoration of pelvic-femoral alignment and recruitment of specific rotational muscles to reduce synergistic predictable patterns of pathomechanic asymmetry. Emphasis will be placed on restoration, recruitment, and retraining activities using internal and external rotators of the femur, pelvis, and lower trunk. Guidance will be provided on how to inhibit overactive musculature. This will enable the course participant to restore normal resting muscle position. Participants will be able to immediately apply PRI clinical assessment and management skills when treating diagnoses such as piriformis syndrome, ilio-sacral joint dysfunction, and low back strain.
Education Level: Advanced
$445 (Online/Digital – you will have online access to all materials and will print your own manual)
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You will receive an email within 24 hours after purchasing the home study with instructions to login and begin your home study online. (*Please note that you must order before 3pm CST on Friday to receive your online access information before the weekend. If you order the home study after 3pm on Friday, you will receive your online access information on Monday). You will receive all materials online including the videos and course manual (which you will be able to download and print). You will also complete the post-test and course evaluation form online. You will need high speed internet in order to watch the videos (the videos are NOT downloadable). Once you have been emailed your online access information, you will have 21 days to complete the course online before your access to the course materials will expire.
You will receive a Certificate of Completion by email if post-examination test is passed (miss 8 or fewer) and course evaluation summary is completed.
Online/Digital Format – Each registrant will receive online access to the approximately 15 hours of course video content, as well as access to download and print the entire course manual (printing the manual is recommended). The post-test and course evaluation form will also be completed online. You will have 21 days to complete the course material, before your online access expires.
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Muscular Structures of the Pelvis
IC Adductor (Ischiocondylar portion of the adductor magnus)
Internal and External Femoral Rotators
Lower Half Pelvic Musculature (Gluteus Maximus, Levator Ani, Coccygeus, Pubococcygeus, Adductors, Obturators)
Upper Half Pelvic Musculature (Piriformis, Gluteus Maximus, TFL, Psoas)
Sacroiliac Ligaments (anterior/posterior) Anterior Ligaments: Iliolumbar, Sacrospinous Posterior Ligaments: Interosseous, Long Dorsal, Sacrotuberous
Femoral Acetabular Ligaments: Iliofemoral, Pubofemoral, Ischiofemoral
Anterior Interior Chain (AIC)
Muscles: Diaphragm, Psoas, Iliacus, TFL, Vastus Lateralis, Biceps Femoris
Opposition Muscles: Hamstrings, Gluteals, Internal Obliques
There are two anterior interior polyarticular muscular chains in the body that have a significant influence on respiration, rotation of the trunk, ribcage, spine and lower extremities. They are composed of muscles that attach to the costal cartilage and bone of rib seven through 12 to the lateral patella, head of the fibula and lateral condyle of the tibia. These two tracts of muscles, one on the left side of the interior thoraco-abdominal-pelvic cavity and one on the right, are composed of the diaphragm and the psoas muscle. With the iliacus, tensor fasciae latae, biceps femoris and vastus lateralis muscles this chain provides the support and anchor for abdominal counter force, trunk rotation and flexion movement.
FA = Femoral Acetabular (femur moving on the acetabulum)
AF = Acetabular Femoral (acetabulum moving on the femur)
Left AIC = Left Anterior Interior Chain
FA IR = Femoral Acetabular Internal Rotation
AF IR = Acetabular Femoral Internal Rotation
The patient lies on his or her side with the lower leg and hip flexed (90 degrees). Stand behind the patient and passively flex, abduct and extend the hip to neutral while maintaining 90 degrees of knee flexion. Passively stabilize the pelvis from falling backward and allowing femoral internal rotation to occur. Make sure the top innominate is positioned directly over the bottom innominate so the frontal plane starting position does not give any false positives (top innominate too cephaled) or false negatives (top innominate too caudal).
A positive test is indicated by a restriction from the anterior-inferior acetabular labral rim, transverse ligament, and piriformis muscle or impact of the posterior inferior femoral neck on posterior inferior rim of acetabulum that does not allow the femur to adduct; possibly secondary to an anteriorly rotated, forward hemipelvis. Usually seen on the left especially if left Extension Drop Test is positive in a Left AIC oriented patient.
The patient is positioned in supine with both thighs on the table. Both hips and knees are flexed to the chest. Passively lower one leg over the edge of the table while helping the patient hold the untested knee close enough to the chest to maintain the low back against the table. Do not allow hip abduction to occur past zero degrees on the tested extremity while passively dropping the FA joint into extension.
A positive test is indicated when the tested lower extremity (usually the left) is restricted in hip extension because of the forward orientation of the tested side compared to the other. If both femurs do not approach the edge of the mat or table the patient is tested on, the innominates are rotated forward bilaterally and the psoas muscles are on slack. Placing the femur in “neutral” is actually placing the patient’s femur in external rotation. This tightens the TFL and VL and restricts hip extension.
There is also a rotary component to this issue, especially seen with limitation in hip extension on one side. Since the forward, anteriorly rotated pelvis accompanies sacral rotation to the contralateral side (right rotation on a right oblique axis or left rotation on a left oblique axis) the iliofemoral ligament will also limit extension when the femur is externally rotated by the therapist, through testing with the femur in a “neutral” position.
The femur in this case will not approach the patient support surface without femoral internal rotation and or through luxation (i.e., “click”) of anterior superior femoral head moving forward under the superior anterior condyloid labral rim of acetabulum.
The patient is positioned supine with knees maximally flexed and together, and feet flat on the table. Passively rotate the legs to the trunk’s resting state with one hand, while stabilizing the trunk with the other hand (placing it on the anterior lower ribs and sternum). A yardstick may be used to measure the distance from the mat to the upper-most point of the superior knee, while maintaining the opposite posterior thorax contact with the mat. Repeat the test in the other direction.
A positive test is indicated when the legs do not rotate in one direction as compared to the other. For example, the legs are restricted in rotation to the left (i.e., the legs do not rotate to the left as they do to the right as measured through the use of an upright ruler). This means that trunk rotation is limited more to the right secondary to probable left hip anterior rotation and sacral-lumbar orientation of the spine to the right. Therefore, postural restoration should be initiated at the left lower extremity to address left mechanical instability and maintain proper restored pelvi-femoral neuromechanics.
This test is used as a Myokinematic measurement with each grade reflecting muscle position, strength, and neuromuscular ability. The test is named for the leg, which is placed on the examiner’s shoulder. (Patient is lying on their right side with left ankle placed on examiner’s shoulder – “Left” Hruska Adduction Lift Test.)
Patient sidelying – back rounded
Uppermost lower extremity resting on therapists shoulder (neutral hip, extended knee)
Lower leg in flexed position
Maintain pelvis in a neutral position (do not allow upper pelvis to rotate forward or backward)
Step 1: ask patient to raise ankle of flexed lower leg to upper knee
Step 2: have patient raise flexed lower knee while keeping ankle to the knee
Step 3: patient will then raise lower hip while maintaining the above positions
Discontinue test at the step patient is unable to perform
Inability to raise lower ankle off mat or table.
Obturator weakness of flexed extremity.
Ability to raise lower ankle to upper knee.
Inability reflects either weakness of FA external rotators or AF stability of active extremity.
Ability to raise lower knee and ankle.
Inability reflects instability of AF and weakness of adductor magnus and obturators or an anterior tilted and forwardly rotated pelvis with accompanying FA IR weakness secondary to long position of ischiochondylar adductor and short position of gluteus minimus, medius and TFL.
Ability to maintain above position while lifting lower hip off table slightly.
Inability reflects weakness of FA stabilizers on extended extremity including the short head of the biceps femoris and adductor magnus and possibly bilateral AF stabilizers including muscles of the pelvic diaphragm and lower gluteus maximus.
Ability to raise hip completely off mat or table to level of patients shoulder and examiner’s shoulder.
Inability reflects lack of core lumbopelvic femoral strength and more than likely the internal obliques on side of extended leg and external obliques on side of flexed leg.
Ability to raise hip above level of the patients shoulder and equal to examiners shoulder.
Inability reflects patient’s strength and neuromotor proprioceptive skills to shift hips.
This test is used as a Myokinematic measurement with each grade reflecting muscle position, strength, kinesthetic awareness, and neuromuscular ability. The test is named for the leg, which is placed on the wall (Patient is lying on their left side with right foot placed on the wall – “Right” Hruska Abduction Lift Test).
Patient sidelying with upper leg extended and aligned with hip and shoulder.
Adjust position of knees to wall, so that top knee is above the level of the ipsilateral shoulder.
Lower leg is flexed with lower toes positioned on the wall directly under the top foot and placed on 4 to 6” bolster.
Top palm should be placed flat on surface in front of chest and upper hand under head.
Mechanics (Discontinue test at the step the patient is unable to perform)
Step 1: ask patient to press bottom toes into wall to stabilize pelvis
Step 2: instruct patient to press bottom hip into the surface to engage lower abs and lower adductors
Step 3: ask patient to turn and raise bottom knee up or inwardly using lower ischiocondylar adductor and anterior gluteus medius, without moving top hip backwards.
Step 4: turn top heel up or top toes down without lowering bottom knee or moving top hip forward.
Step 5: attempt to raise top leg off wall while trunk and hips are stabilized in previous positions.
Inability to position top leg in alignment with top shoulder and hip and with top knee above top shoulder without experiencing top hip impingement, sacral iliac pain or low back pain.
Malaligned pelvis and poor integration of adductors, abductors and FA rotators in frontal plane.
Ability to push bottom hip into surface.
Inability reflects weakness in bottom internal oblique and transverse abdominis or bottom quadratus lumborum or top external obliques.
Ability to raise or turn “in” bottom knee without moving top pelvis backwards.
Inability reflects poor strength or kinesthetic awareness of ischiocondylar adductor or anterior gluteus medius; or lax iliofemoral – pubofemoral ligament.
Ability to rotate top extremity inward (FA IR) without moving top pelvis forward.
Inability reflects poor strength or kinesthetic awareness of ipsilateral gluteus minimus and anterior gluteus medius, or impingement of medial femoral head on anterior medial cotyloid labral rim secondary to forward, anteriorly rotated contralateral pelvis.
Ability to raise top leg completely off the wall and hold without using lateral trunk muscle.
Inability reflects poor integration between contralateral hip adductors, and ipsilateral hip abductor (gluteus medius).
Ability to move correctly abducted top lower extremity into extension without extending low back or flexing knee or rotating leg externally (FA ER).
Inability reflects inability to extend leg with gluteus maximus during concomitant abduction and FA stabilization provided by adductors (IR’s) and anterior gluteus medius and TFL.
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I thought that this course contained great information to assist with intervention selection in various patient presentations and different pain patterns. The discussion on R vs. L piriformis syndromes was very helpful. I also learned more about how to help cue patients during exercises to help them better find and feel desired muscle groups.
This is critical information for a PT to have in order to treat not just the symptoms of dysfunction, but the source of the dysfunction as well.
My practice of over 20 years is based of MFR, and i have found these PRI courses extremely complementary to the population of patients I see daily.
This course is worth MORE than the money, easily gets 5 stars and this type of raw dedication to discovery, compassion and ingenuity will change the face of therapeutic medicine.
This was an outstanding course from presentation, speaker to content. I am looking forward to the other courses offered. THANK YOU!
I thought the content exceeded the price by bounds… Again, just thrilled that cost was not so prohibitive as to preclude my attendance. I loved the walk-thru's and the additional 'lab' footage which was a nice touch.
Myokinematic Restoration offers an incredibly detailed journey through the lower extremity with regards to position and gait, outlining the complex relationships between movement and position for optimal human performance and function.
Excellent! I am reccomending this to my colleagues. Definately rehab from a different and "missing link" perspective.
Lafayette, IN October 2015
Best course ever. Hats off to Ron, James and the rest of the PRI group. Thank you very much for improving physiotherapy.
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Very in depth and educational, exactly what I was looking for when I decided to be a PT
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I have gotten better results in the last few days using PRI Concepts than I have gotten in the last 3 years as a PT!
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Best course for me to date can't wait to take the next couple before I come see you all in Nebraska for my PRT certification in a year or two!
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El Dorado, Kansas, July 2013
Loved it, has changed the way I practice.
Fort Jennings, Ohio, February 2013
This information is incredibly exciting – if it holds up in the clinic, I would characterize the use of this approach as a revolutionary positive paradigm shift in PT. Ron Hruska must be very astute to have put these ideas together, designing ways to assess and treat with this method. It is difficult to express how superb James Anderson is as a teacher. He has clearly through through their concepts in excruciating detail and so has been very effective at developing teaching tools and techniques that enable the learner to grasp the material and put it to use immediately! Great course!
I can’t tell you how excited I am by the work that you’ve done (are doing), bringing together concepts and techniques from various disciplines, and building a unique and incredibly insightful approach to physical therapy examination, evaluation and treatment. I realize that your work (as all of our work) is built on the shoulders of others, and I am not prone to hyperbole, nor have I ever had a hero; still, I am awed by the genius of your constructions. I am reeling a bit from all of the information I have received in taking 3 of PRIs courses in the last month, but everything I have learned has resonated strongly. There are many patients who I haven’t been able to help, many more who I could never to to 100%, and I’ve always been very away that I was missing something. Though I have treated very few patients with the PRI approach thus far, I am convinced that this is the missing link.
I am a bit of a continuing ed junkie, have taken many hundreds of hours of courses (most of them excellent) and am in the process of completing my DPT degree, but I have never encountered coursework that was this inspiring. It seems that you are grossly under-appreciated in the physical therapy world and I just want to thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do.
St. Louis, Missouri, February 2013
Love that PRI can not only improve pain function but can have additional niche of performance enhancement.
Orange City, Iowa, January 2013
You guys do excellent work this is the best course I’ve taken. It’s not just surgical protocols and research; it’s directly observable information that is hugely important in PT. Thank you for your efforts.
Lincoln, Nebraska, January 2013
WONDERFUL!! Inspiring, thought-provoking, challenging to my traditional education and practice patterns which is fantastic as it pushes me to evolve as a practitioner. Thank you!!
Lincoln, Nebraska, November 2012
The home study course was extremely convenient and allowed me to review key points at my own pace.
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Great course! It has already proved to be extremely beneficial in treating a variety of patients.
Carlsbad, California, August 2012
New perspectives, amazing course. I can’t wait to continue with progression and possibly PRC.
Watertown, Massachusetts, July 2012
Excellent! Helped to pull many pieces together for me.
Wrentham, Massachusetts, May 2012
Loved this. I was nervous about having insufficient background knowledge, but James explained things so well and thoroughly. Loved all the different considerations taken into account.
Loveland, Colorado, December 2011
It was a great course. It is a completely different way of thinking which is a lot to digest.
Essex Junction, Vermont, November 2011
I was surprised at how well put together this home study course was. I hadn’t taken one before but I learned a lot even though I didn’t have a chance to be in a lab setting which would have been even more beneficial for me.
Chesapeake, Virginia, October 2011
I wanted to send a thank you note to you and everyone on your staff for their help during the summer. I especially wanted to let you know that Bobbie and Janie have done a wonderful job in coordinating these courses, as well as answer any and all questions in a quick and timely manner. I recently finished the course material for the Home Study Postural Respiration course, and completed the Home Study Myokinematic Restoration course earlier this summer. The home study format was perfect with my schedule this past summer. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking both of these courses, as well as look towards completing future courses through the Postural Restoration Institute. I will continue to review my notes and start to integrate the material into my daily treatments and rehabs here at the University of Miami. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you all in the future.
Miami, Florida, July 2011
I plan to use the course information to treat the ‘source’ of symptoms vs. just symptoms to improve results/longevity of results. Great course on integration of biomechanical, neuromuscular, and orthopedic concepts! I am excited to take the Postural Respiration course!
Salem, Oregon, February 2011
This proved to be a wonderful way to learn material that is initially difficult to conceptualize, especially when it requires a different thought process than is employed in traditional PT practice.
Fayetteville, New York, July 2010
Loved this course along with the whole concept of PRI! I have used manual techniques often (from the Postural Respiration course) and the tip of the ice berg is non-manual techniques taught in this course. I’ve had amazing results even in the short time I have been practicing these techniques.
Louisville, Mississippi, February 2010
Great stuff! I wish this was taught in PT school. Missing piece of the puzzle!!
Kalida, Ohio, January 2010