Online Course: How We Breathe
Correctly identify breathing pattern disorders in your patients
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Breathing is one of our most crucial functions and is essential to our health. However, while it is necessary for survival, our breathing pattern is often disrupted. This disruption has a negative impact on a number of systems, including our biomechanics, biochemistry and even psychophysiology. Thus, the way we breathe is relevant to all areas of physiotherapy. This course introduces the basics of how we breathe, as well as exploring the history, definition and epidemiology of breathing pattern disorders.
This course aims to introduce how we breathe and how altered breathing patterns can impact on health.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading Activities
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.1 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- discuss the history of breathing pattern disorders
- describe the prevalence of breathing pattern disorders
- summarise the basics of human respiration, with a focus on the muscles involved in respiration
- justify the inclusion of breathing assessments and treatments when managing patients who present with other physiotherapy concerns, including musculoskeletal complaints
It's an amazing course if you wish to learn about the anatomy, physiology of breathing and its relation to other systems of the body. The explanation is absolutely simple to understand and the animation in the videos are awesome. The course is worth every single minute you spend on it.
This course has helped me to better understand how to use respiration when instructing my patients on exercise routines and using breath to facilitate motion.
Physiotherapist, South Africa
Such an informative course on breathing patterns and how they affect patients with pain.
Sports Therapist, Ireland
I thought the delivery of this course was extremely well executed. I was one who was a sceptic about breathing and how it can help, so I said I would give it a shot. I was never one to think mindfulness of anything like it would work as I never had the attention span to sit doing nothing for a period of time, but I will try again now that I am learning the benefits of breathing correctly. I look forward to finishing the full course.
Physiotherapist, South Africa
Well structured learning material from an experienced physiotherapist. Nicely done!