2632 – Improving Pain/Inflammation and Core with Breath

Intermediate / Lecture


Chicago, IL / Friday, November 8, 2019 – 8:00-11:00 am - 3.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 8:00-11:00 am)


Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Respiration is a fundamental movement pattern with an influence over all other movement patterns. The way we breathe has a significant reciprocal relationship with our posture and mobility. A less-than-optimal breathing pattern causes tension which can influence how we feel and think, to how we sit, stand, and move. Dysfunctional breathing patterns result in pain/stiffness in the neck/shoulders (specifically the scalenes, sternocleidomastoid and pectoralis minor), SI joint/lumbar spine and anterior hip.


Inflammatory responses play a central role in many diseases and debilitating ​chronic pain. Stimulating your Vagus nerve sends acetylcholine throughout your body, not only relaxing the body but also turning down the fires of inflammation which are related to the negative effects from stress. Acetylcholine is like a tranquilizer that you can self-administer simply by taking a few deep diaphragmatic breaths with long exhales.


By combining therapeutic techniques and ventilatory patterns we can use the pulmonary system as a therapeutic tool to improve neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, or chronic conditions. 



1)  Acknowledge the unique importance of the pulmonary system in successful rehabilitation.

2)  Pair ventilatory strategies with the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and sensory systems.

3)  Establish the difference between anatomical and biomechanical breathing.

4)  Optimize patient function by using appropriate ventilatory strategies with movement.

5)  Perform pulmonary therapeutic exercise techniques geared toward modifying inefficient breathing patterns.

6)  Integrate pulmonary goals into treatment technique.


FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, founder/president of ATRI, is an internationally known speaker, author and consultant. She is the founder of six different businesses including the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, the Aquatic Exercise Association, Living Right Magazine, America’s Certification Trainers, Armchair Aerobics Inc., and the Fitness Firm. A leader in the health and wellness industry, she also draws on her vast experience as an entrepreneur to teach others what it takes to assume the risk of business and enterprise. Ruth is the author of numerous articles and 15 books on her specialties of wellness and business. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Sevier-McCahill Disability International Foundation Award; and the John Williams, Jr. International Swimming Hall of Fame Adapted Aquatics Award. Known for her high energy and practical teaching approaches, Ruth has brought thousands of people over the years to understand the benefits of water exercise.