Breathing Essentials - Breathing Pattern Disorders

This is the third course in the six-course series Breathing Essentials. Dysfunctional breathing and altered breathing patterns brought on by life, stress, pain, and injury can alter the biochemistry of the blood system and produce negative effects on the health of the body.  Faulty breathing patterns are rarely looked at as being a possible cause of spinal dysfunctions as well as propagating continued pain patterns in fibromyalgia, somatic dysfunctions and neck pain and upper extremity pain. 

In this course, you will learn the effects of altered breathing patterns, what somatic dysfunctions are, the effect of an overriding autonomic nervous system and paradoxical breathing.  You will also learn what happens when the diaphragm goes into dysfunction and when altered breathing patterns alter the biomechanics of your cervical spine and shoulders.  This course deals with the details of physiology and biomechanics of poor breathing patterns.  Again everything is evidence based on studies from the research.

There will be a breathing exercise section as well as breathing exercises interspersed throughout the course to demonstrate ways to change your breathing.


  1. Suboptimal Breathing Patterns
  2. Paradoxical Breathing
  3. Upper Chest versus Diaphragmatic Breathing
  4. Autonomic Nervous System
  5. Somatic Dysfunction
  6. Dysfunction of the Diaphragm
  7. Upper Extremity Dysfunction and Cervical Spine Related to Breathing Patterns


  1. Lateral Trunk Rotation with Inspiration
  2. Lateral upper Trunk Rotation
  3. Breathing Practice Demonstration
  4. Three Sniffs
  5. Pilates 100 modified
  6. Blowing up a Balloon

Debra Dent is a Physical Therapist with 41 years of experience specializing in manual therapy of the spine. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada where she received her Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1977 and her Bachelors of Physical Therapy in1979. She was certified as a Part A manual Physical Therapist from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1989 and received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1994. United States APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) designation was completed in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and in 2016 she was recertified Emeritus. 

Debra is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMPT) since 1994 and was an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 1989 to 1994.   She has been a guest clinical instructor at the University of South Florida from 2003-05, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program for the MscPT undergraduate program and has taught a large number of manual therapy courses in the US and Canada.  She has numerous online seminars related to Differential Diagnosis, Breathing Essentials and Foundation Form Function of the core that are available for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Chiropractors.

She owns Cross Border Seminars and presently works as a consultant and contract PT in Clearwater, Florida.

Instructor Name Debra Dent
Cost CA$39.99
Run Time 1:09:26
Access Duration Indefinite access after purchase