Introduction to Integrative Breathing Therapy for Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists

Santa Monica – 8.30am-4.30pm Sat 27 April 2019

Location – Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica

7hrs CLE

Cost – $300
Early bird for payment before Friday 15 February 2019 – $280


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Los Angeles – 27 April 2019 – One day course

Many individuals with mouth breathing, poor upper airway function and some types of sleep disordered breathing also have dysfunctional breathing. In these individuals breathing retraining may be necessary to achieve optimal outcomes from orofacial myofunctional therapy.

Integrative breathing therapyis based on the following principles:-

  • Breathing has many functions beyond the primary functions of moving air, supplyingO2 and removingCO2
  • Breathing has a two way interaction with multiple body systems
  • Consequently dysfunctional breathing is multidimensional and has impacts on diverse aspects of health.
  • The key dimensions of breathing are biochemical, biomechanical and psychophysiological
  • Integrative breathing training addresses these key breathing dimensions
  • Applied integrative breathing therapy is adapted for individualsthrough the use of validated measurement tools, individualized exercises and appropriate referral.
  • Breathing retraining is a useful and sometimes essential aspect of integrative multidisciplinary health care.

Key Topics

  • Understand optimal, functional and dysfunctional breathing.
  • Defining and using the multidimensional model of dysfunctional breathing.
  • Review of key evidence based breathing therapies and clinical applications.
  • Upper airway- nasal, oral and pharyngeal contribution to breathing dysfunction
  • The autonomic nervous system and the upper airway
  • Functional aspects of common nasal dysfunctions
  • Structural, functional and neurological consequences of mouth breathing
  • Nasal rehabilitation strategies and protocols
  • Understanding the links between breathing pattern and upper airway muscle function.
  • Anatomical and physiological phenotypes in sleep disordered breathing
  • Individualizing breathing retraining for sleep disordered breathing
  • And more……