Online Course: The Relationship Between Posture and Swallowing
Gain insight into the close relationship between posture and deglutition
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Deglutition, or swallowing, is an essential physiological function that allows food to travel from the mouth to the stomach. Our ability to swallow changes as we age and can be affected by a number of conditions, including neurological disorders such as stroke, multiple sclerosis or ALS. Posture can also affect swallowing and, in turn, can be affected by swallowing. Having an understanding of the relationship between swallowing and posture is, therefore, essential when assessing patients who have difficulties with deglutition.
The aim of this course is to introduce you to the phases of swallowing and the relationship between posture and deglutition.
This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
This course is aimed at Speech and Language Therapists, 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 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 relationship between posture and deglutition
- discuss the phases of deglutition
- describe how body position can influence an individual’s perception of difficulty during deglutition
- list fifteen factors that can potentially influence the phases of deglutition
- describe the impact of masticatory forces on the cranial bones
Khine Hnin Phyu
Speech Therapist, Myanmar
A combined treatment approach of physiotherapists and speech therapists will improve treatment for swallowing impairment.
Osteopath, United Kingdom
I was looking for a short course to do on a Sunday afternoon and found this one. It didn't disappoint, it's certainly short! But it's also very interesting. A good introduction and it does whet your appetite (no pun intended!).
BRUCE MIKLAUS FERNANDEZ
5 Star and easy to understand for all skill levels!
KAILA MARIE ESPIRITU
The overall course was superb, and the insights are indeed helpful in the field. There are numerous takeaways that can be learned such as postural assessment and positions that can help create a better understanding to provide the best quality patient care possible.