Written by: Jamie Jaros Lochner, DPT, PRC | Posted by: Jen Zamora
On June 23rd and 24th, I had the privilege to go to Nashville, TN to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center to be a lab assistant to Mike Cantrell, MPT, PRC, alongside two other two lab assistants (Louise Kelly, DPT, PRC and Kevin Neeld, MS, CSCS, PRT). He taught a Postural Respiration class to the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society at the start of their annual PHATS/SPHEM conference.
As I wandered through the maze of the hotel, I anticipated what it would be like to be on the teaching side of a Postural Restoration class. As we settled into class, Mike taught up front, and the rest of the lab assistants and I were in the back ready to assist and answer questions when the time came. When the time did come for us to break into “lab time” and let the class of hockey athletic trainers and physical therapists practice what had been preached, I was ready. I was able to help them fine-tune their techniques and grasp a better understanding of the PRI concepts they had been learning.
Being able to help these guys who work with professional athletes was a great experience, and it got me thinking. I treat people with Postural Restoration (PRI) therapy techniques every day and have had the benefit of doing so my whole PT career because I have been employed at the Cantrell Center, but it really is something special and unique. Most of my patients treated with PRI techniques come to the Cantrell Center because of our reputation for giving quality care and service, not because they have necessarily heard about PRI. When you consider that professional athletes are being treated with PRI techniques to help improve performance and prevent injury and even more importantly that we are helping people who have chronic headaches or back pain or a multitude of other pains or injuries finally become pain-free, you have to realize how amazing it is that the Cantrell Center has the only Postural Restoration Certified Physical Therapy clinic in Georgia with 4 Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) therapists right here in Warner Robins. I just have to say that I am really proud to be part of it.