Mary Massery's Linked: Breathing and Postural Control, Parts 1 and 2


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 “soda pop can model” links breathing mechanics to postural control using multi-system interactions. The speaker presents novel research demonstrating the role of vocal folds as postural stabilizers, extending the concept of “core stability” from the vocal folds on the top of the trunk to the pelvic floor on the bottom. In Part-1, foundational information and quick interventions will be the focus (positioning and ventilatory strategies). In Part-2, the focus shifts to hands-on techniques: assessing “normal” breathing patterns, and learning neuromotor breathing retraining techniques and manual assistive cough techniques. Multiple clinical cases will be used to cement the concepts. The course is applicable for any pediatric or adult patient (or therapist) who breathes!


Location OSF Healthcare
530 NE Glen Oak Avenue
Peoria, IL 61637
Date 3/4/2023 7:30 AM - 3/6/2023 2:00 PM (Check in 7:30 AM)
Sponsor OSF Healthcare Rehabilitation Center of Expertise
Trainer Nechama Karman PT, MS, PCS
Contact Debbie Schunk (309) 655-3777
Principles 1. Support families
2. Active participation
3. Collaborative relationships
4. Specific IFSP goals
5. Comprehensive plans
7. Ongoing communication & collaboration
8. Quality services
Credit Hours 3.0 - Assessment
2.5 - Atypical Development
13.0 - Intervention
2.5 - Typical Development
Cost Saturday Only $30, All 3 Days $75
Status Closed