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Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) is a method of training that aims to improve the function of the respiratory muscles through specific exercises. This type of training has wide-ranging benefits, from improving performance in athletes to enhancing function in patients with chronic conditions like COPD or heart failure. Because the respiratory muscles are also essential for postural control and core stability, RMT can improve conditions like back pain and reduce falls risk. An understanding of this technique can, therefore, enhance the practice of physiotherapists from a range of backgrounds.
This course aims to provide you with an understanding of the rationale behind Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT). It also aims to enable you to implement an RMT protocol in your practice for a range of clients from athletes through to patients with chronic conditions.
This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Section One: The Principles Behind Respiratory Muscle Training
- Section Two: Implementing Respiratory Muscle Training
- Section Three: Interview with Alison McConnell
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians and students.
This course is divided into 3 sections and it is suggested (but not required) that each section be completed over the duration of approximately a week. Please note that no deadlines are applied and this course can be started and completed according to your own schedule. We expect the required elements of each section/week to take around 4-5 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.
It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and PP+ points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them within the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world! 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 4 PP+ 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 you will need to:
- abide by the Physiopedia Plus Community Culture
- log as completed all the required learning activities
- actively participate in the course forum 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:
- design an RMT intervention for a range of clients, from athletes to patients with chronic conditions
- identify three underlying mechanisms behind RMT
- list the indications, contraindications and precautions of RMT
- explain the benefits of combining RMT with functional training
- justify the use of RMT as a treatment modality
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT000/2021/276 (3 General CEUs Level 1)
Texas Physical Therapy Association
United States - Texas
The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2312053TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 5.89 CCUs.
Course recognised by
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – CCUs not required
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
This is a very detailed, evidenced-based and interesting course. It will inform you how and when to incorporate IMT into practice as well as providing a great level of background reading and research.
This course is highly recommended for all health care professionals as it helps to revise the basics we have studied but forget to implement in day-to-day practice. It also helps to learn and think about different aspects related to a particular condition, which will definitely change the outcome of your treatment.
Great course I would recommend it to my colleagues