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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). Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in rehabilitation science at UIC, with a focus on cardiorespiratory physiology and obesity. Dr. Severin also serves as a visiting clinical instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a part-time clinical assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Baylor University. In addition to his research, education and clinical interests, Dr Severin has worked to develop clinical practice tools for disease risk assessments for physical therapists in a variety of practice settings and the translation of evidence into practice.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Respiratory Muscles: An Introduction

    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

    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

    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.