Mary Massery's LIVE INTERACTIVE Webinar - LINKED: Breathing & Postural Control-Part 1

Oct 7, Friday – Oct 8, Saturday 7:30am – 12:00pm

Cost: $230
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LINKED: Breathing & Postural Control-Part 1

(Part-1 of Mary Massery 3-day LINKED COURSE)

October 7 - 8, 2022 Friday & Saturday

TIME ZONE: Pacific Time USA


CREDIT:  8 Education Hours (.8 CEUs)

COST: $230 USD

REGISTRATION: At bottom of this page


This course, developed by Mary Massery, proposes a new definition of core stability; redefining it as the dynamic control of trunk pressures to optimize postural stability (balance). Dr. Massery's novel Soda Pop Can Model links breathing mechanics (including the vocal folds), to postural control using multi-system interactions. Part-1 lays foundational information and presents numerous quick interventions utilizing positioning and ventilatory strategies. Clinical cases will be used throughout the day to illustrate concepts. The course is applicable and for any pediatric or adult patient (or therapist) who breathes!

Participants are encouraged to follow up later with LINKED Part-2, a two-day in-person lab course, assessing normal breathing patterns, and learning neuromotor breathing retraining techniques, and manual assistive cough techniques.

OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course participants will 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. Position patients for optimal physiological and biomechanical support of breathing with simple equipment (towels, pillows, etc.).
  5. Use a ventilatory strategy algorithm presented in class to optimally match breathing with movements from bed mobility to athletic endeavors.
  6. Apply concepts to a wide variety of patient populations from infancy to geriatrics.

Friday morning (4.5 Contact Hours) Pacific Standard Time Zone

7:30 - 8 am                  Discussion - Class starts: Overview of course topics & logistics
8 - 9:30 am                  Lecture - Breathing and posture: Part 1, Pressure control (Soda pop model)
9:30 - 9:40 am             Break
9:40 - 11:10 am           Lab - Positioning strategies: What can you do in 90 Seconds or less that has a profound and lasting effect?
11:10 - 11:20 am         Break
11:20 - 12:15 pm         Lecture - Breathing  Part 2 - The diaphragm
12:15 - 12:20 pm          Discussion - Wrap up, homework, Q&A
12:20 pm                     CLASS ENDS - Instructor will stay after class for 30 mins to answer additional questions

Saturday morning (3.5 Contact Hours) Pacific Standard Time Zone

7:30 - 7:50 am             Discussion - Class starts: Recap, Pearls, sleep homework, Q&A
7:50 - 9 am                  Lecture - Breathing  Part 3 - The vocal folds
9 - 9:15 am                  Break
9:15 - 11 am                Lab - Ventilatory or movement strategies: Integrating neuromuscular,
musculoskeletal, respiratory, and sensory systems. Problem solving session
11 - 11:15 am              Discussion - Summary, next week's homework, further studies, more Q&A
11:15 am                     CLASS ENDS - Instructor will stay after class for 30 mins to answer additional questions

PRESENTER: Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc

Dr. Massery received her BS in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 1977, her DPT from the University of the Pacific in 2004 and her DSc from Rocky Mountain University in 2011. Her publications and interests focus on linking motor behaviors to breathing and/or postural mechanics in both pediatric and adult patient populations. Dr. Massery has been invited to give over 1,000 professional presentations in all 50 US states and in 18 countries worldwide, including more than 100 presentations for the American Physical Therapy Association. Mary's research pioneered the concept of managing trunk pressures as a new way to visualize core stabilization. She has delivered keynote and major addresses on topics such as cystic fibrosis and posture, pectus excavatum (chest deformities), connections between posture & breathing, and PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation).

Mary has received national awards from the APTA, including its highest clinical award, The Florence Kendall Practice Award, honoring "one's outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy." She has been honored as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by each of her 3 universities. She was also awarded Northwestern University's Alumnae Research Achievement Award. Mary continues to maintain a private practice in Chicago, specializing in breathing and postural dysfunction.

COST: $230 USD

CREDIT: 8 Education Contact Hours (.8 CEUs)

Location Details

Mary Bridge Children's Therapy-
Puyallup, WA 98372

Contact Details

[email protected]

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