Melanie has considerable experience in spinal cord rehabilitation, both as a clinician and a tutor
Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems
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Respiratory dysfunction is one of the most common medical complications in individuals with a spinal cord injury. Physiotherapists can implement preventive strategies to reduce complications of inadequate ventilation following spinal cord injury. Early physiotherapy management can influence the function of all systems involved in normal respiration, including the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and integumentary systems. The physiotherapy assessment is key to finding problems and choosing appropriate strategies to improve the patient’s ventilation. These techniques include positioning, secretion mobilisation, specialised breathing techniques, stretching and soft tissue release, respiratory muscle training and early mobilisation. Patient and caregiver education occurs in every phase of the post-spinal cord injury rehabilitation programme.
This course aims to present a comprehensive review of the physiotherapist's role in the respiratory management of individuals with a spinal cord injury.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
This programme is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.