Understanding Respiratory Conditions

Tuition: $99
Hours: 6


Course Description

According to the CDC, “respiratory diseases are leading causes of death and disability in the world.” This six-hour distance-based course will provide Doctors of Chiropractic with current information on the common respiratory conditions. Topics covered will include review of anatomy and physiology, how to differentiate common causes of breathing problems, relationship of posture and breathing, how to access and examine patients, and various breathing re-education options.


The learner’s time spent studying and participating in the course is tracked electronically.  A formal multiple-choice examination is administered at the termination of the course materials.  There will be at least three questions for every hour of the class.  The learner must receive a score of 80% of the total possible points and log at least six hours to receive credit for the course.  Learners not achieving the pass rate will be directed to additional study by the instructor and allowed to re-take the examination.


Hour 1

·         Review anatomy and physiology of the respiratory muscles

·         Common secondary breathing complaints in the office

Hour 2

·         Symptoms and risk factors of common respiratory conditions

Hour 3

·         Types of breathing pattern

·         Physiological effect of improper breathing

Hour 4

·         Discuss the relationship between posture and breathing pattern

·         Common spinal complaints we see in a chiropractic office

Hour 5

·         Discuss what we can do in the chiropractic office including history  taking, various tests, and chiropractic treatment

Hour 6

·         Breathing re-education exercises

·         Literature findings on the topic


  1. Understand common types of respiratory diseases
  2. Evaluate common causes of shallow breathing from history taking
  3. Remember primary and accessory respiratory muscles
  4. Understand the importance of posture in proper breathing
  5. Analyze the relationship between improper breathing and spinal pain
  6. Create options to re-educate patients’ breathing pattern


This syllabus is a representation of the requirements for successful completion of the course, containing the objectives, content, organization, and evaluation processes. It is the student’s responsibility to read, comprehend, and act on the syllabus’ objectives, content, and requirements. The faculty teaching this course reserves the right to reasonably alter the sequence of activities, assignment dates, and evaluation and assignment methods or styles. Every effort will be made to inform the class members in advance of such changes. Students are responsible for following the syllabus and any changes instituted by the faculty. Should there be any questions or need for reasonable interpretation of clarification of the syllabus, the student must contact the lead course instructor/syllabus author(s) to obtain answers to the above.

All opinions, viewpoints and recommendations contained in this presentation represent those of the author alone and do not represent the opinions, viewpoints or recommendations of any organization with which the author may be affiliated, including, without limitation, the USOC or/and the ACBSP.