Altered Breathing Patterns and Disorders: Their Impact on Health, Posture, Pain, and Stress

About the Course: 
This seminar will deal with the various pathologies that are related to altered breathing patterns and respiratory dysfunction as well as learning and understanding the normal anatomy and biomechanics of the thorax and the physiology of the respiratory system. It will enable the student to connect the negative effects of dysfunction of respiration and the diaphragm to specific pathologies.

Course Objectives:
  1. Recognize the autonomic nervous system and its function.
  2. Identify suboptimal breathing patterns and their effect on the cervical spine and chronic • pain.
  3. Identify the different types of sleep apnea
  4. List three physiological consequences of respiratory alkalosis 
About the Author:
Debra Dent is a Physical Therapist with 40 plus years of experience specializing in manual therapy of the spine. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada where she received her Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1977 and her Bachelor of Physical Therapy in 1979. She was certified as a Part A Manual Physical Therapist from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1989 and received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1994 (FCAMPT). APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) designation was completed in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and Emeritus status was received in 2016. Debra is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMPT) since 1994 and was an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association prior to moving to the USA. She was a guest clinical instructor at the University of South Florida from 2003-05, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program for the MscPT undergraduate program. She has taught a large number of manual therapy courses in the US and Canada. She wrote the Segmental Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine for Northeast Seminars Online programs. She has also written and published Differential Diagnosis of the Spine. This was achieved in 2016. She owns Cross Border Seminars and presently works as a consultant and contract PT in Florida. Her primary case load is Rheumatology and spine patients and deals with a multitude of dysfunctions related to those diseases as well as aging and osteoporosis.

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