The Year of the Nervous System: 2014 Preview

It’s All Part of the Plan

And if you see my course schedule this year, the plan is indeed horrifying.

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I wanted to write a post today to somewhat compose my thoughts and plans for this year, as well as what I am hoping to achieve from the below listed courses.

Because of the course load and some of my goals for the year, I am not sure what my blogging frequency will look like. I have begun to pick up some extra work so I am able to attend as much con ed as I do.

Yes, this will be me from time to time for now.
Yes, this will be me from time to time for now.

The Amazon affiliate links that I don’t get money for because I live in Illinois simply cannot pay for classes :). I am just putting these links up here because I want to encourage you to read these books on your own. Use my site as a guide through them.

Big Goals

My biggest goal for this year is to successfully become Postural Restoration Certified (PRC), and my course schedule below supports this goal.

The amount that I use this material and the successes that have come along with it simply compel me to become a PRI Jedi. I see the PRC as a means to achieving this goal.

The application thus far has been quite time-consuming. There are a total of 3 case studies, 5 journal article reviews, and tons of other writing that has to be done. Couple that with studying the material, and I have had a very busy year.

I also hope this year to start offering some online training at some point. I do some personal training on my own in my free time (ha), and would like to extend my services to people who are not near me. This would come complete with a full skype evaluation and unlimited access to me via email for all your questions, comments, concerns, and complaints.  If anyone is interested, please contact me at cupplesperformance@gmail.com

This will NOT be you on my programs.
This will NOT be you on my programs.

Without further ado, here is the course list.

Course List 2015 aka “The Year of the Nervous System”

I have dedicated this year to maximizing my understanding of the most powerful way to get into my patients, here is the lowdown

January 17th-18th – PRI Pelvis Restoration, St. Louis, MO

Been so looking forward to this class. Here I hope to learn about decreasing extensor tone in those people who use it as their protective pattern. Extension is what gives us power in response to defend from threat, this course will help you turn it off when you need to.

February 8th-9th – PRI Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration, Pitman, NJ

There are several patients that I just seem to have a harder time with. People with neck pain are one of them. Moreover, there are some patients who I just can’t seem to get fully neutral from a PRI perspective. I am hoping to learn to what extent I can affect the neck and above to help my patients achieve better function.

February 15th-16th – Explain Pain, Atlanta, GA

I have already taken this course once, but the man, myth, and legend David Butler is teaching this version. EP is his baby, his muse. If I won’t ever be able to see Led Zeppelin live, interacting with Butler would be the next best thing.

Total rockstar in my eyes.
Total rockstar in my eyes.

March 1st-2nd – Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Educating Patients About Pain, Naperville, IL

I have been fortunate enough to chat with Adriaan on multiple occasions, and have the pleasure of hosting him where I work. It will be nice to get his perspective towards pain education. Adriaan was who I took Explain Pain with, and I will be curious to see how his thought process has changed since a couple years ago.

March 29th-30th – PRI Postural Respiration, New York, NY

Another re-take course for me. But this time, I have much more experience with the system. I hope my understanding will be so much more enriched. Plus, I get to learn it from Ron. Anytime you can learn from this man please do.

April 26th-27th – PRI Vision, Grayslake, IL

The motor system is not the only thing that can put up defense mechanisms in response to threat. The visual system changes as well, and in many cases can drive one’s protective postures. I need to know why and how.

May 2nd-4th – Dermoneuromodulation, Chicago, IL

The skin is such a sensory-rich organ that I need to learn more about it. And who better to learn it from then the master-ectodermalist Diane Jacobs. I have yet to take a true hands-on course, and if I can learn a pain-free way into the nervous system, then sign me up.

Hopefully I can teach her some therapeutic Microsoft paint techniques in return 🙂

True dat
True dat

June 7th-8th – PRI Integration for the Home, Lincoln, NE

Sometimes the PRI movements can be very challenging for those who are older. I want to know how my man James Anderson gets this population to perform at the high level he does. I want the baked goods!

Also during this week I plan on netting some observation time at the Hruska clinic. Details to follow.

August 9th-10th – PRI Myokinematic Restoration, Indianapolis, IN

I took this class last year, and want to be as prepped as possible for the PRC. Besides, Indy is my Mecca. I have so many good friends there that I cannot pass up a chance to hang at IFAST.

October 18th-19th – Neurodynamics and the Neuromatrix, Buffalo, NY

With two rounds of Explain Pain and Mobilisation of the Nervous System under my belt, what better way to put the classes together? Plus I am hoping to get my man Erson Religioso to come so we can hang out (hint hint).

November 1st-2nd – NOI Clinical Applications: Lower Limb and Lumbar Spine, Chicago, IL

I am going to this one mainly to cleanup my techniques and though process, as well as learn a little more about the less talked about nerve tracts (that darn saphenous nerve).

November 21st-22nd – PRI Integration for Baseball, Clearwater, FL

Florida in November…no brainer 🙂

But seriously, getting little snippets throughout my previous classes about what they will be teaching here has me intrigued.

Most of PRI deals with gait, which if we talk DNS is a contralateral pattern. Here my understanding is how PRI will approach the ipsilateral patterns. They will also introduce a test for the thorax, hopefully giving me a nice adjunct to the Hruska Adduction lift test.

December 4th-9th – Advanced Integration and PRC testing, Lincoln, NE

AI was such a game changer for me this year that I cannot wait to take it again. There are so many nuances I want reinforced and so many questions answered.

Moreover, the PRC test is going to happen, and learning in close proximity with Ron, James, and Mike is an opportunity I simply cannot pass up.

C’est Fini

So there’s the plan for this year. What thoughts do you have? What’s on your con ed radar for the year? Comment below.

What I use to find the best con ed courses there are.
What I use to find the best con ed courses there are.