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Just Breathe 101: Respiration and the Impact on Health, Pain, Posture and Movement

Just Breathe 101:  Respiration and the Impact on Health, Pain, Posture and Movement

Just Breathe 101: Respiration and the Impact on Health, Pain, Posture and Movement

This course includes
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Certificate of completion
The instructors
This course was recorded in September 2020


This online course by Debra Dent, is a comprehensive examination of the function of breathing on the human body and actions for the management of dysfunction. The information presented in this seminar series ultimately will become necessary tools for the clinician, in recognizing and developing strategies for alleviating Breathing Pattern Disorders. It is imperative that normal breathing patterns are retrained and maintained for spine health and overall patient well-being.

How does the way we breathe alter multiple systems of the body and how is the core connected to how we breathe?

This question, among many more, will be answered in this in-depth seminar on respiration and its ultimate effects on the core and multiple body systems.

The Thorax is a vital component in spinal function. It is the center of trunk rotation and the center of respiration. The Thorax is a prime base for muscle and fascial connections that affect the cervical and lumbo/pelvic regions. When the respiratory system is dysfunctional, it can alter the function of the thorax, the body's physiology, trunk control, and ultimately ideal movement. The diaphragm plays a vital role in posture and respiration. It has intimate connections, muscularly, and neurologically with the lumbar spine, abdominals, and pelvic floor, which contributes to the diaphragm's ability to maintain intra-abdominal pressure, a fundamental role in spinal stability.

Altered breathing patterns brought on by life, stress, pain, and injury can alter the biochemistry of the blood system and produce negative effects on the health of the body. Faulty breathing patterns are rarely looked at as being a possible cause of spinal dysfunctions as well as propagating continued pain patterns in fibromyalgia, chronic pelvic and chest pain, gut pain, and chronic fatigue. Sleep apnea is also recognized as a significant factor in accidents, mood disorders, and cardiovascular disease. In the acute care realm, the diaphragm is now being studied extensively due to the dysfunction that occurs with mechanical ventilation utilized in surgeries, injury, and disease. Functional knowledge of the respiratory system, thorax anatomy, and biomechanics and how it integrates with functional core stability will enable the student to connect and integrate the functional thorax into whole-body mechanics.

Videos in this seminar will deal with rib mechanics, rib decompression, breathing programs, examination, and treatment that can be utilized with almost all musculoskeletal patients including performance athletes as well as critically ill patients.

Dysfunction of the respiratory complex, trunk muscular imbalances, muscular inhibition and weakness, myofascial restrictions, loss of axial rotation, and chronic hyperventilation, all have significant effects on posture, trunk stability, chronic pain, upper extremity, and lower extremity function and motion. This seminar series will enable the student to connect the negative effects of dysfunction of respiration to specific pathologies and generate answers on the management of these pathologies.

Please note: When you click 'Buy Course' in the top left-hand corner (note: you must be signed into Embodia to see this button), you will be presented with two options: you can purchase this individual course or you can choose to purchase the entire series at a 20% discount.


This course is part of the 'Just Breathe 101' series, which is designed for professionals that teach the technical biomechanics of the rib cage and the whole track is more treatment-oriented. 

The instructors
Debra Dent
BPT Dip Manip PT OCS (Emeritus) FCAMPT (Retired)

Debra Dent is a Physical Therapist with over 40 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 Bachelors 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. United States APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) designation was completed in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and in 2016 she was recertified Emeritus.

Debra was a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMPT) from 1994 until retiring in 2019. She was an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 1989 to 1994. She has been a guest clinical instructor at the University of South Florida from 2003-05, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program for the MscPT undergraduate program and has taught a large number of manual therapy courses in the US and Canada. She has numerous online seminars related to Differential Diagnosis, Breathing Essentials and Foundation Form Function of the core that are available for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Chiropractors.

She owns Cross Border Seminars and presently works as a consultant and contract PT in Clearwater, Florida.

Course Material included in this course
  • Section One: Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Region
  • Introduction
  • Anatomy of the Region
  • Anatomy of the Region Quiz
  • Biomechanics of the Region Quiz
  • Rib and Shoulder Lab Introduction
  • Rib Decompression Video
  • Clavicular Decompression Video
  • Case History Number 1
  • Case History Number 2
  • Biomechanics of the Thorax Video Review
  • Thoracic Spine Biomechanics
  • Section Two: Function and Physiology of Respiration
  • Function and Physiology of Respiration Introduction
  • Respiratory Muscle Anatomy
  • Mechanics of Quiet Breathing
  • Function of the Diaphragm
  • Physiology of Respiration
  • Function and Physiology of Respiration Quiz
  • Section Three: Altered Breathing Pattern Effects on the Spine
  • Altered Breathing Patterns Effects on the Spine Introduction
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Dysfunction of the Diaphragm
  • Spinal Curves and Posture
  • Case History
  • Balance and Respiration
  • Pelvic Floor and Incontinence
  • Scoliosis and the Elderly
  • Cervical Spine and Upper Extremity Dysfunction
  • Altered Breathing Effects on the Spine Quiz
  • Section Four: Altered Breathing Patterns and Somatic Dysfunction
  • Altered Breathing and Somatic Dysfunction Introduction
  • Breathing Pattern Disorders Physiology
  • Autonomic Nervous System
  • Suboptimal Breathing Patterns
  • Patient with Dysfunctional Breathing
  • Upper Chest Versus Diaphragmatic Breathing
  • Self Reporting Tools
  • Case History Fibromyalgia
  • Breathing Practice
  • How I Change Upper Chest Thoracic Breathing
  • Treatment for Upper Chest Breathing
  • Altered Breathing and Somatic Dysfunction Quiz
  • Section Five: Respiration Lab
  • Respiration Lab and Precautions
  • Observations
  • Measuring Chest Expansion Instructions
  • Measuring Chest Expansion
  • Lateral Costal Expansion
  • Lateral Trunk Rotation with Inspiration
  • Lateral Upper Trunk Rotation
  • Overhead Breathing Reach
  • Three Sniffs Exercise
  • Modified Pilates 100
  • Blowing up a Balloon
  • Seated Breathing Reach
  • Supine Breathing Reach
  • Foundation Form and Function Program
  • Section Six: Breathing Theories and Clinicians
  • Introduction and Objectives
  • An Understanding
  • Influential Clinicians
  • Resonant Frequency Breathing
  • Breathing Retraining Reasoning
  • Breathing Retraining Quiz
  • Research and References
  • References for the Evidence
  • Thank you
  • Continue learning with Debra Dent
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Supine Breathing Reach
  • Three Sniffs
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