Touring the Diaphragm

Presented By: Shelley Mannell, Owner and Physical Therapist of HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children

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Presenter Biography:

Shelley Mannell PT is a knowledge seeker, problem solver and international speaker with a propensity to read scientific articles for clinical insight. Her mission is to bring relevant research into compassionate practice. As a Physiotherapist and the owner of HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children in St. Catharines, Ontario, Shelley helps connect children to their own bodies and raise their awareness of movement. She has been supporting children and families on their journey toward independence for over 30 years. Shelley’s enthusiasm for clinical research and education began at McMaster University as a clinical faculty member in the School of Rehabilitation Science. She has shared her knowledge and experience with clinicians around the world through her HeartSpace blog since 2010.Making sense of complex ideas and delivering contemporary information about postural control with a touch of humour, Shelley’s topics are of interest to a wide range of professionals. She is passionate about finding and developing approaches to enhance therapy and is certified in both Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Sensory Integration. Shelley is a yoga and meditation facilitator for children and uses these skills in her practice to build safe and connected relationships with children and families.

Shelley is also the co-creator of Dynamic Core for Kids. This evidence-based approach to central stability for children with motor and sensory challenges is utilized by therapists worldwide. As well, Shelley is invested in making education accessible through live, online and on-demand continuing education courses, virtual consultations and mentoring programs for clinicians.

Webinar Description:

Given its unique anatomy and diversity of function, the diaphragm is the unicorn of muscles. Join this webinar for an introductory tour of some of the major functions of the diaphragm and how these are applicable to the practices of Occupational and Physical Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists working with pediatric populations.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this webinar the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the functional anatomy of the diaphragm.
  2. Describe the neurology of the diaphragm.
  3. List 11 functions which involve the diaphragm.
  4. Explain how the diaphragm contributes to central stability, continence, swallowing, vomiting, reflux, phonation and emotional regulation.

Intended Audience: Parents, Educators, Pediatric professionals

Presentation Length: 27 minutes

Certificate: Included