Podcast Episode 004: Why Breathing Matters

Episode Description

In this interview with Jessica DeMars, she shares why breathing matters in our assessment and treatment of our physiotherapy patients. She shares some of her career journey and her discovery of the missing link in her treatment approach: breathing. You’ll come away with some great ideas from Jessica and a better understanding of how you could integrate cardio-resp into your private practice. Plus you’ll learn about chronic over-breathing, a quick test for evaluating the diaphragm and professional development recommendations from Jessica.

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Interview Guest

Jessica DeMars, PT has been treating patients for nearly 20 years and has a special interest in breathing disorders and works at two different clinics in Calgary where she focuses on treating a wide range of patients with breathing issues. She has travelled to Seattle and New Zealand to further her studies in breathing retraining. She is the only physiotherapist in North America to be certified in the BradCliff Method® of breathing retraining. She has also completed a Master of Science in Applied Breathing Sciences from the Graduate School of Behavioural Health Sciences. Jessica was recently awarded a grant through the Clinical Research Innovation Fund from Physiotherapy Alberta and is investigating the link between dysfunctional breathing and asthma in children.


ignitephysio Meet-up: Breathing Matters: Is Dysfunctional Breathing Limiting Your Patient’s Progress? [Recording]

Outcome Measure: Nijmegen Questionnaire

Book: Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Approach

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