Dysfunctional Breathing

Online Course: Dysfunctional Breathing

Enhance your clinical outcomes with an understanding of how to recognise and treat breathing pattern disorders

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Dysfunctional breathing is defined as chronic or recurrent changes in breathing patterns that cause significant respiratory and non-respiratory complaints. Around 10 percent of people are diagnosed with hyperventilation syndrome. However, many more individuals have subtle, but clinically significant breathing pattern disorders (BPD). Symptoms of BPDs are varied and can mimic serious illnesses, including cardiovascular disease. They have also been linked to musculoskeletal complaints, including back pain and pelvic issues, as well as anxiety. Having an understanding of BPDs is, therefore, essential for physiotherapists to ensure that we can effectively manage this condition.


This course aims to provide you with an understanding of the assessment and treatment of breathing pattern disorders, so that you can recognise and effectively manage clients who present with this condition.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Section One: Defining Dysfunctional Breathing
  2. Section Two: Assessing for Dysfunctional Breathing
  3. Section Three: Treating Dysfunctional Breathing

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This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians and students.

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