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LIVE WEBINAR: LINKED: Breathing & Postural Control

Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc


Sunday – April 11, 2021 – 8:30 AM- 1:20 PM EST
Monday – April 12, 2021 – 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM EST

Cost $225.00

(Day-1 of the 3-day Mary Massery BREATHING COURSE)

This course, developed by Mary Massery, will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift: connecting breathing mechanics and postural control with management of trunk pressures. Using Dr. Massery’s model of postural control (Soda Pop Can Model), the speaker will link breathing mechanics with motor and physiologic behaviors (a multi-system perspective).  The speaker will present 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.  Numerous interventions will be presented that use positioning and ventilatory strategies to optimize motor performance.  Multiple patient cases will be presented throughout the course.  The emphasis of the course will be on developing practical, quick clinical solutions for pediatric and adult patients in all practice settings.


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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course will be should 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.

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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 900 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.

Mary receives a speaking fee for her presentation. She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Course Schedule


Sunday – April 11, 2021 – 8:30 AM- 1:20 PM EST
Monday – April 12, 2021 – 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM EST


Sunday morning (4.5 Contact Hours) Eastern time zone schedule

8:15 – 8:30 – Zoom waiting room opens


8:30-9:00 – Discussion – Class starts:  Overview of course topics & logistics

9:00-10:30 – Lecture – Breathing and posture: Part 1 – Pressure control (Soda pop model)

10:30-10:40 – Break

10:40-12:10 – Lab – Positioning strategies: What can you do in 90 Seconds or less that has a profound and lasting effect?

12:10-12:20 – Break

12:20-1:15 – Lecture- Breathing … Part 2 – The diaphragm

1:15-1:20 – Discussion – Wrap up, homework, Q&A

1:20 – CLASS ENDS – Instructor will stay to answer questions


Monday morning (3.5 Contact Hours) Eastern time zone schedule

8:15–8:30 – Zoom window opens


8:30–8:50 – Discussion – Class starts:  Pearls, sleep homework, Q&A

8:50–10:00 – Lecture – Breathing … Part 3 – The vocal folds

10:00–10:15 – Break

10:15–11:45 –  Lab – Ventilatory or movement strategies:  Integrating neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, respiratory, and sensory systems

11:45–12:00 – Discussion – Clinical applications and Q&A

12:00–12:15 – Discussion – Summary, next week’s homework, further studies, Q&A

12:15 – CLASS ENDS – Instructor will stay to answer questions



Educational Credits

8 contact hours

Approved for 8 contact hours by NYSED’s State Board for PT.

Application has been made to NJBPTE for CE credit approval.

color web&pptTSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. Approved by AOTA for .8 CEUs. 8 contact hours, Intermediate Level, Domain of OT: Client Factors.

This course is offered for .8 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).