How much do you know about breathing? You know we cannot survive without oxygen but is that all breathing is good for? You and your patients practice it 20,000 times a day yet we often pay it very little attention. Breathing is a simple yet profound means to influence how our clients move and perceive, reduce their symptoms, and often eliminate sources of dysfunction. By using the principles established in this course (such as position, exhalation, pause, and rhythmicity) you will be able to apply the basics of breathing in a rehabilitation setting to improve clients’ movements, calm their sensitive nervous systems, and begin to understand why breathing has been a central component of health practices dating thousand of years.

Level of Instruction:  Introduction

Course Objectives

  • Identify the relationship between breathing, movement, and the nervous system
  • Identify the difference between functional and dysfunctional breathing patterns
  • Identify how breathing patterns affect movement and can alter pain
  • Identify ways to use breathing to aid and, in many cases, resolve orthopedic dysfunction with specific strategies

Course Agenda

  • Introductory case study
  • Physiology of Breathing
  • Fundamentals of breathing mechanics a. Functional anatomy b. Influence of breathing on posture c. Importance of the abdominals
  • Influence of breathing on the nervous system a. Respiration and the autonomic nervous system b. Breathing and inflammation
  • Influence of breathing on movement and pain
  • Assessing breathing patterns a. Functional vs dysfunctional
  • Using breathing in the clinic to improve movement and decrease sensitivity a. Position b. Exhalation c. Pause d. Rhythm
  • Breathing for relaxation
  • Breathing for performance


  • Seth R. Oberst DPT SCS CSCS

Seth Oberst, DPT, SCS, CSCS is a residency-trained Doctor of Physical Therapy with a holistic, integrative approach to rehabilitation and wellness. Dr. Oberst works to help clients regulate their movement and behavior by altering how they sense and perceive their environment. In learning new ways of moving, clients are able to reduce or eliminate pain and dysfunction while improving performance thru resiliency, adaptability, and efficiency.

Currently practicing in Atlanta, Georgia, Seth is sought by a diverse population of clients from those with chronic pain and fatigue to competitive amateur, professional, and Olympic athletes. He has worked as an Injury Prevention and Performance Consultant for several Olympic teams and CrossFit affiliates.

Seth received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Ohio University and has undergone extensive training through an APTA-credentialed residency culminating in board certification in Sports Physical Therapy. He has presented on motor control topics at national conferences for clinician scientists, provides continuing education for healthcare professionals, and regularly consults with fellow physiotherapists and coaches.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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