Linked: Breathing & Postural Control

July 21, 2017 8:00am - 4:30pm

*This event is open to non-Therapy 2000 employees*

This event is open to SLPs/STAs, OT/OTAs and PT/PTAs.

This course is pending approval for 7 CEUs by TOTA and TSHA and 7 CCUs by TPTA.


Mary Massery, DPT, DSc

Registration Fee:

$149 **Payment Cannot Be Accepted at the Door**

Course Location:

One Realtor Center

2772 S SE Loop 323

Tyler, TX, 75701

Course Description:

This course will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift; acknowledging the importance of the cardiopulmonary system as an integral component of postural control for patients of all ages.  The speaker will present a model of postural control (Soda Pop Can Model) that demonstrates how breathing mechanics are linked to motor and physiologic behaviors.  This is the cornerstone for the speaker’s multi-system clinical approach to the evaluation and treatment of trunk and/or respiratory impairments for patients with weakness or paralysis.  The speaker will finish the day by presenting how to use this information clinically to develop positioning and ventilatory strategies that establish the pulmonary system as an asset rather than a liability for patients.  The speaker’s private practice is primarily pediatric, but she will demonstrate the applicability of this material to adult patients as well.

About Our Speaker:

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 800 professional presentations in 49 US states, 9 Canadian provinces, and 15 countries worldwide, including more than 100 presentations for the American Physical Therapy Association, and a full-day post-conference program at the World Congress of Physical Therapy in Singapore.  Mary has delivered keynote and major addresses on topics such as cystic fibrosis and posture, neuropulmonary deficits, pectus excavatum (chest deformities), and connections between posture & breathing.

Mary has received national awards from the APTA, including its highest clinical award, The Florence Kendall Practice Award, honoringone’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 alma maters. And in 2016, she was awarded Northwestern University’s Alumnae Research Achievement Award.  Mary continues to maintain a private practice in Chicago, specializing in breathing and postural dysfunction.

Learner Objectives

  1. Use the Soda Pop Can Model to describe how the mechanics of breathing and postural control are inter-active and inter-dependent components of normal movement strategies.
  2. Describe the multiple, simultaneous roles of the diaphragm as related to breathing, postural control, gastroesophageal reflux, constipation and venous return.
  3. Describe how the cardiovascular-pulmonary, neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, integument-fascial, and internal organ systems interact to simultaneously support the physiology and the physical functions of the trunk which are necessary to upright postural control (sitting, standing, walking).
  4. Position patients for optimal cardiopulmonary function (physiological and biomechanical) with simple equipment such as towel rolls and pillows in recumbent and upright positions for use in and out of hospital settings.
  5. Optimize the patient’s motor function by integrating appropriate ventilatory strategies with all movements from low level activities such as taking a breath off of a ventilator, to rolling over in bed, or to high level skills such as running.
  6. Apply theoretical concepts to multiple clinical cases throughout the day.

Time 8:00am – 4:30pm

Registration Fee: $149 **Payment Cannot Be Accepted at the Door**

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