Massery PT: If You Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function

Massery PT: If You Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function

Integrating Cardiopulmonary and Postural Control Strategies in the Pediatric and Adult Populations

DATE: October 25-26-27, 2019 (20.5 Contact Hours)
LOCATION: ECMC, 462 Grider Street, Smith Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 14215
INSTRUCTOR: Patricia West-Low, PT, MA, DPT, PCS
SPONSORED BY: Erie County Medical Center
COURSE FEE: $500.00 (Includes lunch all 3 days and snacks.)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 20th, 2019

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course, developed by Mary Massery, will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift: connecting breathing mechanics and postural control with management of trunk pressures. Using Dr. Massery’s model of postural control (Soda Pop Can Model) the speaker will link breathing mechanics with motor and physiologic behaviors (a multi-system perspective). The speaker will present novel research demonstrating the role of vocal folds as postural stabilizers, extending the concept of “core stability” from the vocal folds on the top of the trunk to the pelvic floor on the bottom. Numerous interventions will be presented that use positioning and ventilatory strategies to optimize motor performance. Neuromotor breathing retraining techniques and manual assistive cough techniques will be the focus of treatment labs. Multiple patient cases will be presented throughout the course. The emphasis of the course will be on developing practical, quick clinical solutions for pediatric and adult patients in all practice settings.


  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech Language Pathologists

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY: Trish West-Low, PT, MA, DPT, PCS, has been a physical therapist for over 25 years. She earned a Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from The University of Scranton, an Advanced Master’s Degree from New York University, and a Doctoral Degree from Seton Hall University. Dr. West-Low earned the title Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist in 2008 and is recertified through 2028. She teaches across the country, at the university and post professional levels, on the topics of Physical Therapy Examination and Treatment of Children with Autism, Connective Tissue Mobilization and Therapeutic Yoga for Special Populations.

Trish has completed a 2-year apprenticeship with Dr. Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc, becoming Dr. Massery’s second certified faculty member. Currently, Dr. West-Low is a full-time clinician who treats children and adults in the New Jersey shore area. She also acts as a consultant to assisted living facilities, schools and private practices in the area of the multi-systems impact of cardiopulmonary dysfunction. She teaches yoga to adults and children, and serves as a therapeutic yoga instructor in 200- and 500-hour yoga teacher trainings. In her down time, Trish and her dog Lucy serve as a certified therapy dog team and do volunteer visits for homebound seniors and children in long-term care and outpatient facilities.

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