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The Sixth Annual Spinal Cord Injury Conference

May 31, 2014
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Genesis Heart Institute
Davenport, IA

This course will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift; acknowledging the importance of the cardiopulmonary system as an integral component of postural control for patients with SCIs.

Registration Details

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You will not be registered until the fee for your registration has been received.

Genesis Employees whose fee is being covered by their department MUST register through their Healthstream account. Clarify this with your manager before you register.

Registration fees will cover meals, breaks, and handout materials.

Fees & Payment

If registration is canceled 7 days prior to the program, the registration fee minus $25 administrative fee will be refunded.

No refunds are given after the program starts.


The Sixth Annual Spinal Cord Injury Conference: Linked: Breathing & Postural Control

Intended Audience

Nurses, PT, PTA, OT, COTA, Respiratory Therapists,  Recreation Therapists, Psychologists, SLP, and other interested healthcare professionals.

Course Description

This course will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift; acknowledging the importance of the cardiopulmonary system as an integral component of postural control for patients with SCIs. A model of postural control (Soda Pop Can Model) that demonstrates how breathing mechanics are linked t motor and physiologic behaviors will be presented.  This is the cornerstone for the speaker’s multisystem clinical approach to the evaluation & treatment of trunk and/or respiratory impairments for patients with weakness or paralysis.  The speaker will finish the day by presenting how to use this information  clinically to develop positioning and ventilator strategies that establish the pulmonary system as an asset rather than a liability for patients.  The speaker’s private practice is primarily pediatric, but she will demonstrate the applicability of this material to adult patients as well.


  1. Use the Soda Pop Can Model to describe how the mechanics of breathing and postural control are inter-active and inter-dependent components of normal movement strategies.
  2. Describe the multiple, simultaneous roles of the diaphragm as related to breathing, postural control, gastroesophageal reflux, constipation and venous return.
  3. Describe how the cardiovascular-pulmonary, neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, integument-fascial, and internal organ systems interact to simultaneously support the physiology and the physical functions of the trunk which are necessary to upright postural control (sitting, standing, walking).
  4. Position patients for optimal cardiopulmonary function (physiological and biomechanical) with simple equipment such as towel rolls and pillows in recumbent and upright positions for use in and out of hospital settings.


 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
 7:30  Registration & Continental Breakfast
 8:00  Breathing & Posture: A Multi-system Event
 10:00 Break
 10:15   Breathing & Posture (cont.) 
 12:00 Lunch
 1:00 What Can You Do in 90 Seconds or Less That has a Profound & Lasting Effect? Positioning Strategies
 2:30 Dessert Break
 2:45 Ventilatory or Movement Strategies
 4:30 Adjournment


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. 

Mary has received national awards from the APTA, including its highest clinical award, The Florence Kendall Practice Award, and the honorary Linda Crane Memorial Lecture.  She continues to maintain a private practice in Chicago as well, specializing in ventilation and postural dysfunction.


8.5 contact hours will be awarded by Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #59, Genesis Medical Center.  IL Nurses may use this certificate for IL license renewal.

Iowa:  Eligible for up to 8.5 hours of credit for PT, PTA, OT, COTA, TR, Respiratory Therapy

Illinois:  8.5 hours of credit will be provided for PT, PTA, OT, COTA, Respiratory Therapy by Genesis Medical Center, Silvis

Remember to dress in layers as room temperature may be highly variable.


Anne Pauly, MS, RN-BC, Staff Development Specialist at 563-421-2282 or send an email

Schedule & Location


Date Time Location
1. Sat, May 31 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM Genesis Heart Institute

Location Details

  • Genesis Heart Institute
    1236 East Rusholme
    Davenport, IA 52803


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