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Helen Hayes Course Explores Link Between Breathing and Postural Control

hhedPhysical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists have the opportunity to attend a course hosted by Helen Hayes Hospital that centers on the importance of the cardiopulmonary system and its role in postural control.

The 3-day course, “If You Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function,” is slated for March 7 to 9. Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc, is slated as the course’s instructor.

The course is intended to present practitioners with a model demonstrating how breathing mechanics are linked to motor and physiologic behaviors. This concept, according to a news release from Helen Hayes, serves as the basis for Massery’s multisystem clinical approach to the evaluation and treatment of trunk and/or respiratory impairments.

Helen Hayes notes that Massery holds a BS in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, a DPT from the University of the Pacific, and DSc from Rocky Mountain University. Massery’s publications and interests hinge on linking motor behaviors and/or postural mechanics in both pediatric and adult patient populations. She is also the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Florence Kendall Practice Award.

During the course, Massery will demonstrate to attendees how to integrate the cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, integumentary, and internal organ systems into every evaluation and intervention. Massery will also provide insight into recognizing physiologic causes or consequences that may accompany these motor dysfunctions. The release adds that the presentation will place a key emphasis on developing and applying practical, quick clinical solutions applicable in both pediatric and adult patients in all practice settings.

Registration is ongoing until the course fills, the releases states, with early bird registration pricing ending on January 31.

For more information contact Elaine DeFrancesco defrancescoe@nullhelenhayeshosp.org or click here

To register online, click here

Source: Helen Hayes Hospital