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IF YOU CAN’T BREATHE, YOU CAN’T FUNCTION: Integrating Cardiopulmonary and Postural Control Strategies in the Pediatric and Adult Populations – ONE DAY ONLY – December 3, 2017

Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc
December 3, 2017 – New York City

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. 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.  She will demonstrate how to integrate the cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, integumentary and internal organ systems into every evaluation and intervention, as well as how to recognize physiologic causes or consequences that may accompany these motor dysfunctions.  The speaker will show the participants how to effectively pair ventilatory strategies with specific movements in order to establish the pulmonary system as an asset rather than a liability.  Neuromotor breathing retraining techniques and manual assistive cough techniques will be highlighted in labs as well as other manual interventions. The emphasis of the presentation will be on developing and applying practical quick clinical solutions that are applicable for both pediatric and adult patients in all practice settings.

Cost: Day 1 – Lecture Only – $325.00; Early Registration $300.00
(must be registered online or postmarked by mail 21 days prior to  seminar to receive early registration discount)


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Product Description

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.  Mary has delivered keynote/major addresses on topics such as cystic fibrosis and posture, neuropulmonary deficits, pectus excavatum (chest deformities), and the connections between posture & breathing for the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England; the Australian & New Zealand Spinal Cord Injury Conference in Brisbane, Australia; the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Meeting in Galway, Ireland; the International Seating Symposium in Vancouver, Canada; and the Conference on Posture and Mobility in Coventry, England; as well as numerous presentations at the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Combined Sections Meetings across the USA.Mary has received national awards from the APTA, including its highest clinical award, The Florence Kendall Practice Award, and the honorary Linda Crane Memorial Lecture.  She continues to maintain a private practice in Chicago as well, specializing in ventilation and postural dysfunction.Disclosure:
Dr. Massery receives a speaking fee for her presentation.  She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of Day 1, participants should be able to:

  1. State 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. Contrast normal musculoskeletal development of the chest in infants and the concurrent motor skill acquisition to that observed in patients with impaired trunk function resulting from multiple different diagnostic categories.
  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 patient function by integrating appropriate ventilatory strategies with all movements from low level activities to athletic endeavors.
  6. Apply theoretical concepts to multiple clinical cases.


Cost: Day 1 – Lecture Only – $325.00; Early Registration $300.00
(must be registered online or postmarked by mail 21 days prior to  seminar to receive early registration discount)

Hotel Pennsylvania
401 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY
(212) 736-5000


8:30 – 5:30
8:30-10:30 Breathing and Posture:  A Multi-system Event!
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 Continued:  Breathing and Posture:  A Multi-system Event!
11:30-12:00 Normal and Abnormal Chest Wall Development and Function
12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00-3:00 What can you do in 90 Seconds or Less that has a Profound and Lasting Effect? Positioning Strategies
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-5:30 Integrating Systems Effectively:  Movement Strategies


Target Audience:

Physical, Occupational Therapists and Assistants. Speech Langauge Pathologists.

Course Level:

This course is applicable therapists of all levels.

Educational Credits:

7.5 contact hours. Certificates will be awarded.

Recognized by the NY State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education.   Approved for 7.5 CEUs.

Application has been made to the NJ Board of PT Examiners.

color web&ppt TSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. Approved by AOTA for 7.5 CEUs.

This course will be offered for 7.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Cost: Day 1 – Lecture Only – $325.00; Early Registration $300.00
(must be registered online or postmarked by mail 21 days prior to  seminar to receive early registration discount)