Bradcliff Breathing Method Level 1BradCliff Course

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. 

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

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