Introduction to Integrative Breathing Therapy - Nasal Breathing, Upper Airway and Sleep Disordered Breathing Focus. 2 Day Course
This course provides a practical and clinically focused introduction to Integrative Breathing Therapy (IBT) and Dr Courtney’s multi-dimensional model of dysfunctional breathing.
The course will focus on the role of breathing dysfunction and breathing retraining in upper airway and oral motor function, craniofacial development and sleep disordered breathing.
In this course Dr Courtney will teach her clinical protocols for functional nasal and upper airway rehabilitation. She will also teach a simple version of the Manual Assessment of Respiratory Motion (MARM), an evidence based technique for assessing functionality of breathing pattern. The course also includes her Breathing Basics protocol with a focus on how to restore functional and coordinated whole body breathing.
Key Learning objectives:
Understand the real world difference between functional and dysfunctional breathing.
Understand the unified airway, whole-body breathing and how breathing influences oral motor function and craniofacial development.
Understand the influence of breathing dysfunction on sleep disordered breathing
Understand strategies for individualized breathing retraining in patients with sleep disordered breathing.
Understand Dr Courtney’s multi-dimensional model of dysfunctional breathing.
Learn the practical significance and interactions of the biochemical, biomechanical and psychophysiological dimensions of breathing for breathing therapy and for nasal and upper airway rehabilitation.
Understand the key concepts and techniques for assessing hyperventilation, breathing pattern disorders and unexplained breathing symptoms and behaviours.
Apply IBT protocols for nasal and upper airway rehabilitation.
Apply Breathing Basics protocol with adaptations for optimising upper airway and tongue function.
Speech and language pathologists, orofacial myofunctional therapists, dentists, physical therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, integrative medicine practitioners, Buteyko practitioners and naturopaths.
Teacher - Dr. Rosalba Courtney ND, DO, PhD
Dr. Courtney is an osteopath and internationally recognised leader in the field of breathing therapy and retraining. In her PhD research she developed the multi-dimensional model of dysfunctional breathing and validated a number of clinical tools for evaluating dysfunctional breathing.
Dr Courtney has published over 15 peer reviewed academic articles and 3 book chapters on this topic as the first author. She was one of the first Buteyko practitioners in the west and studied with Dr. Butyeko in Russia in the 1990’s. She is also a member of the International Society of Respiratory Psychophysiology and has worked with some of the leaders in this field. In recent years she has trained in orofacial myofunctional therapy and she includes OMT in her work. Rosalba’s current research is focused on asthma, sleep apnea and chronic pain and postural dysfunction.
Schedule – Introduction to Integrative Breathing Therapy- Nasal and Upper Airway Focus
8.30-9am Introductions and overview
9-10am Functional and dysfunctional breathing.
The real world practical difference between functional and dysfunctional breathing. The multiple dimension model of dysfunctional breathing and application for individualized breathing therapy.
10-11am Integrative and functional approaches to nasal rehabilitation.
Overview of nasal functions and their relevance to nasal rehabilitation. Understand impacts of dysfunctional breathing on nasal function.
11.15-12pm Nasal rehabilitation practical.
Techniques and protocols for functional nasal rehabilitation.
12-1pm Biochemical dimension of breathing.
Hyperventilation and hypoventilation. Consequences for nasal breathing. Exploring protocols for CO2 measurement and biofeedback. Evidence based treatments for hyperventilation. Buteyko and beyond.
2-3pm The breath, mind, body connection
Breathing as a regulator and indicator of brain and autonomic nervous system function. Recognising the patient with psychophysiological causes of breathing dysregulation.
3-4pm Breathing patterns, posture, pain and functional movement.
Understanding the dual postural and movement functions of the breathing muscles. Assessing and differentiating functional and dysfunctional breathing patterns. Links between breathing and musculoskeletal pain syndromes including TMJ.
4.15-5pm Practical The MARM
Learn this validated clinical tool for assessing and recording functionality of breathing pattern.
9-11am The Breathing Basics protocol
Learn and practice a whole body breathing retraining protocol based on the principles of motor learning, neurodevelopmental progression and neuroplasticity training.
11-15-12pm Integrating whole body breathing and myofunctional therapy.
Learn respiratory mechanisms that impact on the tongue and upper airway. Breathing and airway regulatory functions of cranial nerves including hypoglossal, glossopharyngeal and vagal nerves.
12-1pm IBT techniques for the Upper Airway.
2-4pm Breathing retraining concepts for sleep disordered breathing.
Functional phenotypes and sleep apnea. The impact of dysfunctional breathing on sleep apnea. Case histories.