This course is designed as a handy reference for learning and refreshing the anatomy of the diaphragm. It will also highlight the clinical relevance of the strength and function of the diaphragm as a core stabilizer and its role as a thoracoabdominal pump. This course will walk through the positive effects of diaphragmatic breathing which is integral for both the mental and physical recovery of a patient after mechanical ventilation.
Mechanical ventilation is responsible for VIDD (ventilator-induced diaphragmatic dysfunction) thus we will learn about the physical and physiological negative effects of mechanical ventilation and how as PT, OT, and nursing professionals we can help minimize those effects enhancing quicker positive patient recovery after ventilation. We will talk briefly about systemic causes of diaphragm weakness with enhanced understanding using case studies. PT’s and OT’s will demonstrate an improved understanding of the importance of posture, the role of the diaphragm in gait and balance, and its key role as a role stabilizer. The course will round off with exercises for strengthening and stretching of the diaphragm in laying, sitting, standing, and ambulation through gradual stages of rehabilitation post mechanical ventilation. (Intermediate Level)