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When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: 3 Locations - via Live Streaming - See details below
United States
Presenter: Patricia West-Low, PT, MA, DPT, PCS
Contact: (609) 208-0200

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Linking Breathing and Postural Control - Why the Core is Not What You Think

This lecture will suggest a change in perspective in the way in which practitioners view core stability and postural control. The speaker, a faculty member-in-training for Dr. Mary Massery will present evidence of the coordinated roles of the vocal folds, diaphragm and pelvic floor in both breathing mechanics and postural control, and using a multi-systems perspective, present several patient cases applying these concepts to clinical work. Interactive demonstrations will allow participants to gain real time understanding of the link between breathing mechanics and motor behaviors.

This presentation will be given live at Children's Specialized Hospital in Toms River and will be live streamed to 2 additional Children's Specialized Hospital locations in Mountainside and New Brunswick. 2 CEs

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the link between breathing and postural control in terms of pressure mechanics
  2. Describe the multiple simultaneous roles of the diaphragm
  3. Demonstrate the role of the vocal folds on postural responses and balance control and make a case for the use of speaking valves for patients with tracheostomies, in physical therapy
  4. Describe the coordination between the vocal folds, diaphragm and pelvic floor in breathing mechanics and postural control and discuss populations at risk for dysfunction  in each or all of these structures

About the Speaker

Patricia (Trish) West-Low, PT, MA, DPT, PCS has been a physical therapist for 25 years. She earned a Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from The University of Scranton, an Advanced Masters Degree from New York University, and a Doctoral Degree from Seton Hall University. Dr. West-Low earned the title Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist in 2008, and was recently re-certified through 2028.  She teaches across the county, at the university and post professional levels, on the topics of Physical Therapy Examination and Treatment of Children with Autism, Connective Tissue Mobilization and Therapeutic Yoga for Special Populations. Trish is currently completing a 2 year faculty apprenticeship with Dr. Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc, a master clinician and teacher, for whom she has served as a teaching assistant for over a decade. Currently Dr. West-Low is a full time clinician at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Toms River, New Jersey. She also acts as a consultant to patients in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, schools and private practices in the area of the multi-systems impact of cardio pulmonary dysfunction. She teaches yoga to adults and children, and serves as a therapeutic yoga instructor in 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher trainings. Trish and her dog Lucy serve as a certified therapy dog team and do volunteer visits for homebound seniors and children in long-term care and outpatient facilities. She has also served as an ambassador for the PT Global Day of Service for the past 3 years.



Children's Specialized Hospital



94 Stevens Road (Therapy Gym)

Toms River, NJ 08755


150 New Providence Road (Living Room)

Mountainside, NJ 07902


200 Somerset Street (Auditoriums 1 & 2)

New Brunswick, NJ 08901





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