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Fall Conference 2017: Postural Respiration

  • 07-Oct-2017
  • 7:15 AM
  • 08-Oct-2017
  • 5:30 PM
  • Missoula, Montana
  • 20


Fall Conference 2017: Two Day Course 

postural respiration: an integrated approach to treatment of patterned thoraco-abdominal pathomechanics

James anderson, mpt, prc

15 Contact Hours, MT category A 

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Provisions include a light continental breakfast both days including coffee, lunch at the business meeting. 

Parking and Map:

The Conference will be held at the Missoula Community Theatre at 200 N Adams St, Missoula, MT.


  • The Holiday Inn Express Missoula NW has a room block rate of $119/night for a King or Double Queen. Book before the expiration date of September 29th and mention MAPTA for the discounted rate. Call (406) 830-3100 for reservations.
  • The DoubleTree by Hilton on the Clark Fork River will have a room block for MAPTA at a rate of $129 for single or double occupancy. This special is valid until September 15. Call (406) 542-4611 for reservations and request the MAPTA room block.
  • Reservations made after expiration dates are subject to standard rates and availability.

Board Meeting

There will be a board meeting at 6pm on Friday, Oct 6, 2017 in Missoula.

Business Meeting

Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct 7, 2017. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online). Please send agenda items to the office or President Jay Shaver by September 16, 2017. Final agenda will be posted by September 27, 2017.

Cancellation Policy

MAPTA reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If MAPTA refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

  • Cancellations will be accepted in writing via fax, email, or mail.
  • A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.

Group Discounts:

10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date.

Lifetime Member:

Lifetime members can take any non-limited seating, MAPTA sponsored CE at 50% discount.



7:15-8:00 Professional Issues Forum - MAPTA
8:00-12:00 Course, with short break
12:00-2:00 MAPTA Membership Business Meeting & Lunch
2:00-6:00 Course, with short break
7:00 Post-CE Reception


8:00-12:00 Course, with break
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00-5:00 Course, with break

About the course:

postural respiration: an integrated approach to treatment of patterned thoraco-abdominal pathomechanics

Course Description:

This advanced lecture and lab course is structured so that clinicians will gain an appreciation for the postural influences of: rib torsion, asymmetrical oblique strength, inconsistent breathing patterns, habitual use of accessory respiratory musculature and a positionally restricted diaphragm. The focus of this course will be to assess and restore polyarticular muscular chain function of the thorax. Treatment interventions including manual and non-manual techniques to restore reciprocal and alternating respiratory and rotational function of the thorax will be covered. Participants will be able to immediately apply PRI clinical assessment and intervention strategies when treating diagnoses such as shortness of breath, thoracic outlet syndrome and shoulder dysfunction.


Course Objectives

1.Recognize structural influences and breathing patterns of faulty postures. 

2.Design a postural isolation and inhibition program that includes the integration of appropriate dynamics of respiration. 

3.Inhibit restrictive polyarticular chains and torsional patterns of the trunk through specific manual and non-manual orientation of ventilatory muscle. 

4.Maximize thorax-scapular force couples, rib alignment and abdominal-diaphragm muscle integration for appropriatemotor and sensory perceptual skill development of the upper extremities.                 

5.Restore reciprocal and alternating respiratory and rotational function of the thorax.

Course Outline

Day One

8:00am - 9:00am: Overview of Anterior Interior Chain (AIC), Brachial Chain (BC) and Zone of Apposition (ZOA) Relationships 

9:00am - 10:00am Faulty Postural Influences Related to Postural Respiration 

10:00am -10:15am Break 

10:15am -11:00am Faulty Postural Influences Related to Postural Respiration (cont.) 

11:00am -12:00pm Respiratory Mechanics of the Thorax: Muscle and Structure 

12:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch

2:00pm - 3:00pm Rib Kinematics 

3:00pm - 4:00pm Left AIC Overview and Objective Testing 

4:00pm - 4:15pm Break 

4:15pm - 5:00pm Left AIC Non-Manual Techniques (Lab) 

5:00pm - 6:00pm Left AIC Manual Restoration Techniques (Lab) 

Day Two

8:00am - 8:30am Overview of Thoracic Mediastinum Function 

8:30am - 9:00am Brachial Chain: Muscle and Structure 

9:00am - 9:30am Postural Respiration Functional Relationships 

9:30am - 10:00am Right BC Evaluation and Assessment Demonstration 

10:00am - 10:15am Break 

10:15am - 11:15am Superior T4 Airflow 

11:15am - 12:00pm Right Superior T4 Manual Technique (Lab) 

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch (on your own) 

1:00pm - 2:00pm Right BC PRI Treatment Guidelines 

2:00pm - 3:00pm Right Subclavius Manual Technique (Lab) and Demonstration of Remaining Manual BC Techniques 

3:00pm - 3:15pm Break 

3:15pm - 4:00pm Left Lower Trapezius/Left Serratus Anterior Non-Manual Techniques 

4:00pm - 5:00pm Right Lower Trapezius/Right Tricep Non-Manual Techniques 

About the Instructor

James Anderson, MPT, PRC
James received his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in 1998. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he majored in Kinesiology. He has used PRI throughout his career in a wide variety of settings, most notably in spine rehab, chronic pain, human movement and sports performance. He is currently a partner and performance consultant for Applied Integration Consulting, an outreach consulting firm he started with Mike Cantrell, MPT, PRC and he operates James Anderson Physical Therapy Consulting in his hometown of St. George, Utah. He is also the Director of PRI Affiliate Courses, and has worked directly with experts in PT and related sciences to develop the PRI Integration for the HomePRI Integration for BaseballPRI Integration for Fitness and Movement and PRI Integration for Pilatescourses. Over the years James has provided course instruction and consultation to thousands of physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers, personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, fitness instructors and movement enthusiasts. His expertise blending respiration, neurology and biomechanics has led to sports performance consultation opportunities for a wide variety of collegiate and professional athletic organizations. James was a member of the first class to earn the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) as a result of advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns, and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute®.

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