Bradcliff Breathing Method Level 1BradCliff Course

The Level 1 course is now available as an online course. You can still enrol and details on how and when to access the online course will be provided.

Observation of the breathing process should be the starting point of every health professional’s intervention. If dysfunction is found, the ideal is to treat and correct breathing pattern disorders before progressing further.

The BradCliff Breathing Method derives its message from the little examined role breathing plays in current psychological and physical healthcare, as an indicator of physiological balance and homeostasis in the human body. The courses cover the fundamental’s through to complex assessments and treatments of these dysfunctions. The content is accumulation of over 30 years and 30,000 clients who have been seen at the Breathing Works clinics. From the child with asthma through to the elite athlete.

Faulty breathing patterns can be caused by a variety of reasons, from bereavement to tight clothes, from a history of abuse to chronic sinusitis to sitting poorly.  Whether the cause is trivial or profound, the first step is to restore normal breathing function.  If patients understand what is producing their sometimes frightening, often annoying symptoms and that they simultaneously experience a range of symptoms (not just the one that worries them most), commitment to change is more likely. 

It changed the way I approached breathing with patients

"The BradCliff course changed the way I approach breathing with all my patients. I really learned where and how I wasn't taking my patients far enough to get a full and permanent change in their breathing patterns. The courses were well organised, full of useful case studies and there was great clinical discussion. I am much more effective in communicating with my patients and my colleagues about why breathing matters and how it needs to be considered as the baseline for treatment for a variety of symptoms. Thanks to the BradCliff courses my patients are working harder and breathing better than ever before."

— Lisa Eaton, Physical Therapist at Cascade Dizziness & Balance Physical Therapy based in Seattle, United States

It was worth the long journey

"The BradCliff Breathing Level 1 course had a high standard in relation to the subject Dysfunctional Breathing/Breathing Pattern Disorders and Breathing Retraining. It was a great combination of theory and practice. I enjoyed the many “hands-on” sessions and the small group discussions on the subject. The BradCliff team were experienced, had know-how and specialist knowledge on DB/BPD and Breathing Retraining and they complimented each other in a natural and positive way. This course gave me further and more detailed knowledge and the confidence to upgrade the Breathing Retraining Program at our clinic in Copenhagen. I’m looking forward to come back in August and join the BradCliff level 2 course!"

— Lone Schaadt, Physiotherapist at Bispebjerg og Frederiksberg Hospital based in Copenhagen, Denmark

Interesting how breathing affects so many conditions!

"Thank you, very enjoyable and well organised course in a friendly, welcoming environment. Pippa was really practical and delivered a great overview. Well worth the trip from Bunbury. Interesting how breathing affects so many conditions!"

— Therese Reeves, Physiotherapist based in Bunbury, WA, Australia

Level 1 Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of the basic theoretical and practical applications of key physiotherapy skills to understand the nature of chronic breathing pattern disorders/dysfunctions and their often unobserved presence across all areas of clinical practice.

This includes:

  1. A review of the respiratory/psycho/physiological alterations in the acute and chronic over-breather and the biomechanical / anatomical changes that sustain these poorly diagnosed disorders
  2. Assessment and treatment guidelines, questionnaires, and goal setting
  3. Identification of triggers/stressors at all ages and stages
  4. Awareness of organic red flags and when to refer back or onto the appropriate health care professionals
  5. Nasal health
  6. Body mechanics and breathing dysfunction
  7. Physical coping skills for stress fatigue, anxiety and pain management
  8. Introduction to Asthma, COPD, breathless patient breathing retraining guidelines
  9. Introduction to dynamic breathing disorders and applications in sport and the musculoskeletal client
  10. Introduction to the use of ultrasound and K5 inspiratory muscle assessment as an accessory to diagnosis
  11. Introduction to the use of inspiratory muscle training

Rural & Remote Professional Development Support

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