Topic: Professional Education / Rehabilitation Services

If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Function: Three-Day Course

The If You Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function 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. Using Dr. 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).

This course is open to PT, PTA, OT, OTA and SLP specialists. The one-day lecture only is also open to respiratory therapy, cardio-pulmonary rehab, physicians, physician assistants, RNs and LPNs.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Aug. 20 for early registration discount. Beginning Aug. 21, registration price will increase to $695.

  • Sessions: 3
  • September 20 - September 22
  • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Olathe Medical Center

The Birth Place - Parent Education Room

20333 W. 151st St.
Olathe, Kansas 66061

Please enter through The Birth Place Main Entrance. The Parent Education Room is located on the first floor behind the elevators.

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If You Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function

Integrating Cardiopulmonary and Postural Control Strategies in the Pediatric and Adult Populations

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The If You Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function 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. Using Dr. 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). The speaker 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.

SCHEDULE AND CONTACT HOURS
If desired, bring a yoga mat.Towels provided for lab.

Day 1:
Friday, Sept. 20, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
8 to 8:30 a.m. - Registration and Coffee/Snacks
12 to 1 p.m. - Lunch (bring your own or dine out)
7.5 Contact Hours

Day 2:
Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
8 to 8:30 a.m. - Coffee/Snacks
12 to 1 p.m. - Lunch (bring your own or dine out)
7.5 Contact Hours

Day 3:
Sunday, Sept. 22, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
8 to 8:30 a.m. - Coffee/Snacks
12 to 1 p.m. - Lunch (bring your own or dine out)
5.5 Contact Hours

COURSE INSTRUCTOR
Patricia (Trish) West-Low, PT, MA, DPT, PCS

Dr. West-Low holds a bachelor’s degree in PT from The University of Scranton, an Advanced master’s degree from New York University, a doctoral degree from Seton Hall University and is a Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist. She has developed and taught courses locally and nationally, on the topics of Physical Therapy Examination and Treatment of Individuals with Autism, Connective Tissue Mobilization for Pediatric Therapists and Yoga for Special Populations.

QUESTIONS
For questions, please email Jamie Nordstrom at jamie.nordstrom@olathehealth.org, or call at 913-791-4200 x4506.