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Leon Chaitow
Course includes MET, Positional Release and Myofascial pain management elements

This unique highly practical course will explore the presentation, symptoms and rehabilitation of unbalanced respiration breathing pattern disorder/BPD. New evidence will be offered linking BPD with disturbed autonomic balance, musculoskeletal and circulatory function, affecting pain thresholds, motor control, core stability and balance, as well as emotional well being. Safe rehabilitation methods will be demonstrated, taught and practised.

By the end of the course the participant should have:

- An understanding of the widespread influences of unbalanced breathing patterns on physical and emotional health in general, and the musculoskeletal system in particular, based on current clinical and research evidence
- An understanding of the connection between unbalanced breathing and changes involving circulatory, neurological, psychological and metabolic processes, based on clinical and research evidence
- An awareness of the connection between BPD and pelvic floor (and sacro-iliac) dysfunction
- The ability to recognize signs and symptoms of functional breathing pattern disorders.
- The ability to utilize a validated instrument (Nijmegen questionnaire) in assessing BPD
- An awareness of a variety of evidence based, clinically useful, approaches to breathing rehabilitation, including the use of appropriate soft tissue and articular mobilization methods.
- An increased ability to explain to clients the value of regularly applied rehabilitation (breathing exercises and mobilisation methods) in the management of breathing
pattern disorders
- Greater awareness of various complementary approaches to rehabilitation of respiratory function - including nutritional

Course Schedule

1. Introduction to breathing pattern disorders (BPD): definitions, gender issues, range, symptoms and triggers
2. The patho-physiology of BPDs - effects of BPD on circulatory, neurological, psychological and metabolic processes
3. Recognizing BPD. Signs and symptoms; tests - including Nijmegen questionnaire as well as other validated methods, including capnography (if available), plus evaluation of accessory respiratory muscles and myofascial changes, ribs and other thoracic structures. (Lecture, demonstration + class interaction working in small groups)
4. Evaluation (and where appropriate, treatment) of pelvic influences on respiratory function
5. Biomechanical rehabilitation methods - description and demonstration of soft tissue and articular manipulation and mobilisation methods, using a combination of muscle energy techniques and positional release methods, combined with rehabilitation protocols
6. Thoracic cage mobilization methods - using validated osteopathic methods
7. Rehabilitation exercises : pursed lip breathing, anti-arousal breathing, Brugger's
methods etc. (practical demonstrations using volunteers + class practice of self-application methods
8. Nutritional strategies - for example in situations where low blood sugar levels
exacerbate BPD

Suggested reading :

- Chaitow L, Bradley D, Gilbert 2014 Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders.
- Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh
- Chaitow L, Bradley D, Gilbert 2002 Multidisciplinary Approaches to Breathing Pattern
- Disorders. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh
- Chaitow L 2004 Breathing pattern disorders, motor control, and low back pain
- Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 7(1): 34-41

Dates: 25-26 March 2017

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CPD hours: 14 • cost: £315 • deposit: £250
Leon Chaitow ND DO is a graduate of the BCNO (now BCOM) who has been in practice since 1960. He was until 2004 Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster. He lectures widely in Europe, USA and Australia on osteopathic and naturopathic topics, to chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and massage therapists; is author of over 60 books (including Positional Release Techniques, 3rd edition (2007) Churchill Livingstone). He is Editor-in-Chief of the peer reviewed Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, and practises in the UK and Greece.


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