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Respiratory Muscle Physiology

presented by Richard Severin PT

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A thorough understanding of the physiological systems involved in human movement is necessary for rehabilitation practice. The respiratory system, which includes the lungs, pulmonary vasculature, and respiratory muscles, is a critical physiological system for all movement. There are many disorders encountered in rehabilitation practice where the respiratory system may be involved, such as pulmonary disease, obesity, spinal cord injuries, and even low back pain.

Each course in this series will review a different component of the respiratory system. This course will cover the normal physiology of the respiratory muscles and clinical conditions which may involve the respiratory muscles, as well as assessment techniques and rehabilitation strategies.

Meet Your Instructor

Richard Severin PT, DPT, PhD(c), CCS

Rich Severin PT, DPT, is a board-certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist. Dr. Severin graduated from the University of Miami with his doctor of physical therapy degree in 2013, followed by a cardiopulmonary residency at the William S. Middleton VA Medical Center/University of Wisconsin-Madison, and orthopedic residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).…

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1. Respiratory Muscles: An Introduction

This section will review the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory muscles which will be discussed throughout the rest of the course.

2. Pathology and Clinical Syndromes

This section will include a review of the pathophysiology and clinical presentation of common clinical conditions which may involve the respiratory muscles, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity, neurological conditions, and low back pain.

3. Clinical Examination Techniques and Treatment

This section will provide examination techniques used to assess different aspects of respiratory muscle performance, with video demonstrations. Treatment strategies and techniques will be provided, as well as foundations of exercise programming for the respiratory muscles.

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As a potential first entry point into the healthcare system, the cardiovascular examination is a vital component of the clinical examination. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that the risk profiles for individuals at risk for the development of low back pain and osteoarthritis, the most common diagnoses treated by physical therapists, are nearly identical to those for heart disease. Common interventions utilized by physical therapists, such as resistance training, aerobic training, and manual therapy, all generate a hemodynamic response. Therefore, proficient competency in performing a thorough cardiovascular examination is critical for physical therapists.

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