If you Can't Breathe, You Can't Function - One Day Introductory Breathing and Postural Control Course

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Highly acclaimed course developed by Mary Massery

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This course developed by Mary Massery, will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift: connecting breathing mechanics and postural control with management of trunk pressures. Through Mary Massery's model of postural control (Soda Pop Can Model), the speaker will link breathing mechanics with motor and physiologic behaviors (a multi-system perspective). She will present novel research demonstrating the role of vocal folds as postural stabilizers, extending the concept of “core stability” from the vocal folds on the top of the trunk to the pelvic floor on the bottom. Numerous interventions will be presented that use positioning and ventilatory strategies to optimize motor performance. Neuromotor breathing retraining techniques and manual assistive cough techniques will be the focus of treatment labs. Multiple patient cases will be presented throughout the course. The emphasis of the course will be on developing practical, quick clinical solutions for pediatric and adult patients in all practice settings.

At the conclusion of Day 1, participants should be able to:

1. Describe how trunk pressures link breathing and postural control using the Soda Pop Can Model.
2. Describe the multiple, simultaneous roles of the diaphragm as related to breathing, postural control, gastroesophageal reflux, constipation, and venous return.
3. Demonstrate the role of the vocal folds in normal postural stability responses (balance) and make the case for using speaking valves for patients with tracheostomies.
4. Contrast normal infant chest wall development to those with impaired breathing mechanics.
5. Position patients for optimal physiological and biomechanical support of breathing with simple equipment (towels, pillows, etc.).
6. Use a ventilatory strategy algorithm presented in class to optimally match breathing with movements from bed mobility to athletic endeavors.

What others are saying about Nechama Karman's course:

"Awesome instructor who demonstrates passion for this topic and presented easily implemented, real world treatment ideas with evidenced based research."

"This course gave me extremely valuable information and understanding I've been seeking for some time about breathing and respiration and particularly airway clearance. I am so grateful."

"I had previously heard that Education Resources was a great company for continuing education course; this presentation fulfilled that reputation and reinforced theoretically what I practice intuitively."



Nechama Karman

Session 1 September 14, 2018
Alexandria, VA (Map)

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Session 2 December 7, 2018
Miami, FL (Map)

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