Written by: Brianna Proctor, DPT, ATC
What is PRI? I asked myself the exact same thing less than a year ago…
In August of 2016 I started working at the Cantrell Center for Physical Therapy. This is my first physical therapist job since graduating from Mercer University in May. As I was applying for the job and began considering working at this great facility, I came across the term PRI. I had no clue what that was but through some research I came to learn that it was an abbreviation for Postural Restoration Institute. However, even after looking on the official PRI website, I still was lost and overwhelmed with what exactly that meant. One thing I did know was that the Cantrell Center had some of the only Postural Restoration Certified clinicians in the state of GA and that I would have the rare opportunity to learn from the best! In fact, The Cantrell Center is the ONLY Postural Restoration Certified Center in the state of Georgia.
There was still one small problem, even after shadowing some of the therapists when I was first hired, it was still unclear to me what exactly PRI involved. Thankfully, I was able to get a small insight into the seemingly magical treatment that I was witnessing when I attended my first introductory PRI course in October 2016. This course focused on PRI integration in the home, which meant that the basic principles I would learn could be applied to patients both young and old! At this course, I FINALLY began to understand in a very basic way what the focus of PRI was and how I could apply in with my patients. The focus of this type of therapy is to recognize postural asymmetries and imbalances in the body. So, by using some simple principles and techniques, a person can retrain the muscles of the body including the diaphragm (which helps you breathe!) to correct posture, decompress the spine, and recruit muscles needed to help you move better without pain. The course simplified things for me and challenged me to think differently than I had in school and when treating patients/athletes in the past.
I still have so much to learn about this type of treatment but I feel that I have a good starting knowledge on the subject. I am excited that I will get the opportunity to take one of three introductory courses for PRI in February so I can continue to practice these techniques and provide the best treatment for my patients!
About the Author
Brianna Proctor, DPT, ATC, completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Mercer University. She previously attended the University of South Carolina where she earned a degree in Athletic Training. Brianna grew up in Lawrenceville, GA and moved to the area to begin her PT career at the Cantrell Center in August of 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing, reading, and painting in her free time. Interestingly, it was when Brianna fractured her hip in 8th grade that lead her to pursue a career in the health care field. She says her favorite thing about her job is being able to help people improve their quality of life and return to activities they enjoy.