This introductory course has revolutionized the way therapists treat patients by assessing the body’s core, from vocal cords to the pelvic floor. Participates will leave this course learning quick interventions to improve functional outcomes in patients.
- CEU DETAILS
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.
Nechama Karman received her MSPT from Columbia University in 1994, her Advanced MS in orthopedic PT from Touro College in 1998, and she has completed all coursework toward a PhD in Health Sciences at Seton Hall University. She has held academic appointments at Hunter College and NYIT. Nechama is chief clinical educator at Mobility Research, providing pediatric and adult trainings, introductory and advanced seminars, webinars, and clinical support for LiteGait in the USA and internationally. She is a primary instructor in LiteGait’s “train the trainer” program. She treats patients with complex neurological conditions and/or complex pelvic conditions.
Nechama had served as a teaching assistant for each of Mary Massery’s courses for over a decade before starting a 2-year faculty apprenticeship in 2014. She became Mary’s first certified faculty member in June of 2016! One of Nechama’s proudest “Mary Massery” moments occurred when she treated a man suffering from prostatectomy-related incontinence using Mary’s approach. She taught him to transfer without incontinence for the first time in 9 months - all in under 15 minutes! She is passionate about helping other therapists learn these important concepts.
Nechama works closely with Mary Massery at Massery PT
"Awesome instructor who demonstrates passion for this topic and presented easily implemented, real world treatment ideas with evidenced based research." -PT
"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." -PT
"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." -PT
Horizon Elementary School
51 Old Rd.
Livingston, NJ 07039
This course meets the criteria for 7.5 contact hours for day one (.75 CEUs).
Application has been made to the NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
The PA and IN State Boards of Physical Therapy recognize other state's approvals.
This continuing competence activity has been approved by the NC Physical Therapy Association
Approved provider by the KY Physical Therapy Association for 7.5 contact hours for day one and 13 contact hours for days two and three.
Approved provider by the NY State Board of Physical Therapy for 9 contact hours for day one.
Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043, for 7.5 contact hours for day one - Intermediate Level Occupational Therapy Process: assessment, intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEU's does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA
NBCOT professional development provider- 7.5 PDUs for day one.
This course is offered for up to 2.05 ASHA CEUs for (Intermediate level, Professional area).