LINKED: Breathing & Postural Control, Part 1

Madison, WI US
September 23, 2023

LINKED: Mary Massery’s Breathing & Postural Control, Part-1

A Pediatric and Adult Course

Theory and labs, in-person format.

This course, developed by Mary Massery, proposes a new definition of “core stability;” redefining it as the dynamic control of trunk pressures to optimize postural stability (balance).  Dr. Massery’s “soda pop can model” links breathing mechanics to postural control using multi-system interactions.  The speaker presents 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.  In Part-1, foundational information and quick interventions will be the focus (positioning and ventilatory strategies).  Clinical cases will be used throughout the day to illustrate concepts.  The course is applicable and for any pediatric or adult patient (or therapist) who breathes! 

Participants are encouraged to follow up later with “LINKED Part-2,” a 13-hour in-person lab course, for assessment of “normal” breathing patterns, learning neuromotor breathing retraining techniques, and learning manual assistive cough techniques.  

Sponsored by:

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Target Audience

This course is designed for pediatric and adult physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, certified occupational therapy assistants, and speech-language pathologists. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of Part-1 (Day-1), participants should be able to:

  1. Describe how trunk pressures link breathing and postural control using the Soda Pop Can Model.
  2. Describe the multiple, simultaneous roles of the diaphragm as related to breathing, postural control, gastroesophageal reflux, constipation, and venous return.
  3. Demonstrate the role of the vocal folds in normal postural stability responses (balance) and make the case for using speaking valves for patients with tracheostomies.
  4. Position patients for optimal physiological and biomechanical support of breathing with simple equipment (towels, pillows, etc.).
  5. Use a ventilatory strategy algorithm presented in class to optimally match breathing with movements from bed mobility to athletic endeavors.
  6. Apply concepts to a wide variety of patient populations from infancy to geriatrics.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.00 Physical Therapy Contact Hours
  • 8.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
Registration opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/23/2023 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
09/23/2023 - 5:30pm CDT




Registration and Continental Breakfast



Introduction to Course Topics



Breathing and Posture: Pressure Control (Soda Pop Model






Positioning Strategies: What Can You Do in 90 Seconds or Less That Has a Profound and Lasting Effect?



Breathing and Posture: The Diaphram's Many Role



Lunch on your own


Sneak Peek: Ventilatory/Movement Strategies


Breathing and Posture: The Internal Organs. The Vocal Folds.




Ventilatory/Movement Strategies: Integrating Neuromuscular, Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, and Sensory Systems


Summary, "Pearls," Sleep Homework



University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health Health Sciences Learning Center
750 Highland Ave
HSLC 3110 A & C
Madison, WI 53705
United States

IN-PERSON (Central Daylight Time)

Free Parking is available in Lot 76, 2501 University Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53705,



A block of rooms is available for attendees wishing to book a hotel room. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. 

You must request the UW-Madison DPT Visiting Lecture (2392-1) when booking to receive the discounted rates.  

Best Western Plus InnTowner Madison
2424 University Ave. Madison, WI 53726
Call: (608) 233-8778 Option #4 
Online: Use this link.

Rate: $131/night

  • Check-in time is 3 pm, check-out time is 12 pm.  The Hotel will make every effort to accommodate requests, but cannot guarantee early check-in or late departure, additional fees may apply.
  • Rate does not include applicable taxes and fees.

To receive this rate rooms must be booked by August 31, 2023

Cancellation: Rooms must be canceled forty-eight (24) hours prior to arrival in order not to be billed one night's room & tax. 




Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc        

Dr. Massery received her BS in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 1977, her DPT from the University of the Pacific in 2004 and her DSc from Rocky Mountain University in 2011. Her publications and interests focus on linking motor behaviors to breathing and/or postural mechanics in both pediatric and adult patient populations.  Dr. Massery has been invited to give over 1,000 professional presentations in all 50 US states and in 18 countries worldwide, including more than 100 presentations for the American Physical Therapy Association.  Mary’s research pioneered the concept of managing trunk pressures as a new way to visualize core stabilization.  She has delivered keynote and major addresses on topics such as cystic fibrosis and posture, pectus excavatum (chest deformities), connections between posture & breathing, and PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation).

Mary has received national awards from the APTA, including its highest clinical award, The Florence Kendall Practice Award, honoring “one’s outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy." She has been honored as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by each of her 3 universities.  She was also awarded Northwestern University’s Alumnae Research Achievement Award.  Mary continues to maintain a private practice in Chicago, specializing in breathing and postural dysfunction.

Disclosure:  Speaker is paid an honorarium for this presentation.

Discloser List CME Internal Report



WPTA Credit Seal

American Physical Therapy Association of Wisconsin

This course is approved by the APTA Wisconsin for 8.0 contact hours (CEUs). CEUL 117241

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for .8 continuing education units (CEUs) or 8.0 hours.


Available Credit

  • 8.00 Physical Therapy Contact Hours
  • 8.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours


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Registration Deadline: September 15, 2023

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