Randoms thoughts from me, Mike T Nelson

Month: December 2015

Big Milestone! I got kicked out of PRI for physical therapy!

Yep, after 14 months of physical therapy I have graduated and thus was “kicked out” this past week.

I was doing PRI since Sept of last year for some knee and shoulder issues, along with coordination of my eyes back into the picture.
(PRI site https://www.posturalrestoration.com)

This past week I pasted the Hruska Adduction Lift test with a 5 on BOTH sides.

Whoo ha! PRI nuts like Dr Pat Davidson, Bill Hartman,  Mike Robertson,  Eric Cressey,  Dr Zac Cupples,  Lance Jacob Goyke, Dr Tim Sturmer,  and others will understand this.

This was after not wearing my prism glasses much and not during the test, plus it was post a week of travel in MT.


I opted to go down the PRI rabbit hole last year and figured it would be worth doing it myself. I worked with Carrie Langer at Kinetic Physical Therapy in Woodbury MN. She is awesome.

My hips have never felt better, breathing is easier, and my vision is getting closer to 3D. The mechanical changes are sticking quite well too.

Back to squatting now, did a straight bar bench press last night that went well (first time in about 3 years other than a few seminars) and started stone lifting again too.

For those wondering what the test is, see the video below.

And yes, many many things work and I still have some things to do before I will be able to see in 3D again. And that is ok. It a journey of n=1 self investigation.

If you are stuck, seek others who can help you. Do what they say but ask questions to understand. Incorporate what works and test it out.

Onward and upward.

Status update for Dec 2015 for Mike T Nelson

PRI Physical Therapy sessions are done!

I got booted out. I did my last session and went in after NOT doing my exercise the night before or in the AM on purpose – I wanted to see how much it would hold.

Passed all the tests! Whoo ha!

Now that my movement is more stable, and it feels sooooo much better, I can focus (hehe) on more VT (vision therapy).

Started doing SQAUTS and DEADLIFTS 2 days ago again – yeah!

I’ve only pulled (DL-ed) maybe once every other week at the very most for the past 14 months. And I have not done any symmetric weight squats other than a couple in the 14 month period. 2 days ago i used the SSB to run a soft test and I am about 40 lbs off my max – not too bad without any direct work. The cool part is that it FELT soooooo much better. I did not feel like crap – I just felt weak. Deloaded the entire bar and just did it without any weight for easy sets of 5. Working on my new form and must check my ego – no need to rush and build up bad habits. Plus I don’t need much load now to see a positive adaptation.

Deadlifts did only 275 x 4 for 3 sets – again, check my ego. Felt great but heavy I will take it as strength will come back with practice. First goal is to get back to over 400 on a day by day basis when I feel good with deadlifts and work my squat back up to my old PR.

Yesterday was shoulder and arms hypertrophy day with broom ball at night.

The broom ball game was awesome! I could actually SEE. I know that sounds weird, but I could see the ball in movement, my hands and broom were where I thought they would be, eye movements off the ball and back on the ball (saccades) were much much better. It felt easier. I still need work on shots on goal as most were off, but I got there late and did not do any warm ups plus it was a different rink. That will come back in time. The best part is that I felt soooooo great once I was done. Need to work on more hand / eye / random interactions more.

Goal for 2017 is to see in 3D.

Secondary goals for 2016 are to get my deadlift, squat, press (axle) and stone over bar back to pervious levels.

Rough markers are
1) SSB 275 x 1
2) Deadlift (conventional or sumo) 450 x 1
3) 250 lb stone over 50 inch bar
4) Axle clean and press 175 x 1

Working on
-better breathing during the day to reduce stress, HRV tanks with more computer / work stuff
-more consistent nutrition via better planing.
-bumping up my aerobic fitness now that my body is stable to see if that helps HRV / training freq
-should allow me to do 2 strength sessions a week
-functional neurology check up to see why my right eye won’t stay ‘on”
-start VT


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