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Breathing Essentials: Sleep Apnea and the Consequences

Breathing Essentials: Sleep Apnea and the Consequences

Breathing Essentials: Sleep Apnea and the Consequences

This course includes
51:34 of Course Material (View)
Patient Exercises (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
The instructors


Sleep apnea is disordered breathing.  There is more than one type of sleep apnea.  Statistics from a study in 1993 called the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study found that sleep apnea is prevalent in 4% of middle-aged men and 2 % of middle-aged women. Other later studies have shown that First World countries have higher prevalence numbers.  Numbers as high as 20% of men and 10% of women may be affected.   

This is the fourth course in the Breathing Essentials Series.  Learn the different types of sleep apnea.  Gain knowledge of the risk factors and symptoms that exist with sleep apnea and understand the importance of getting the correct treatment.  Practice basic exercises that can be done to improve the strength of the tongue and airway dilators.  This course is evidence-based and will provide the latest research that is available on the statistics, risks, symptoms, and treatments for sleep apnea.

Please note: This course has been designed for the general public.  If you are a practitioner, please refer to the series Just Breathe 101 for a more detailed and technical course.

What we'll cover in this course:

  1. Types of Sleep Apnea
  2. Control of Breathing During Sleep
  3. Central Sleep Apnea
  4. Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  5. Treatment Concepts and Exercises

We will also review the following techniques/practices: Blowing up a Balloon and Breathing Practice.

Please note this course is designed for the general public.  If you are a healthcare practitioner, I would like to suggest the series Just Breathe 101 which is designed for medical professionals.

If you are a healthcare professional and would like to review this course to see if it's appropriate for your patients, please contact Embodia at

The instructors
Debra Dent
BPT Dip Manip PT OCS (Emeritus) FCAMPT (Retired)

Debra Dent is a Physical Therapist with over 40 years of experience specializing in manual therapy of the spine. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada where she received her Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1977 and her Bachelors of Physical Therapy in 1979. She was certified as a Part A manual Physical Therapist from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1989 and received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1994. United States APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) designation was completed in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and in 2016 she was recertified Emeritus.

Debra was a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMPT) from 1994 until retiring in 2019. She was an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 1989 to 1994. She has been a guest clinical instructor at the University of South Florida from 2003-05, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program for the MscPT undergraduate program and has taught a large number of manual therapy courses in the US and Canada. She has numerous online seminars related to Differential Diagnosis, Breathing Essentials and Foundation Form Function of the core that are available for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Chiropractors.

She owns Cross Border Seminars and presently works as a consultant and contract PT in Clearwater, Florida.

Course Material included in this course
  • Breathing Essentials: Sleep Apnea and the Consequences Introduction
  • Breathing Essentials: Sleep Apnea Introduction
  • Types of Sleep Apnea
  • Types of Sleep Apnea
  • Control of Breathing During Sleep
  • Control of Breathing During Sleep
  • Central Sleep Apnea
  • Central Sleep Apnea
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Treatment Concepts and Exercises
  • Treatment Concepts and Exercises
  • Sleep Apnea Quiz
  • Sleep Apnea Quiz
  • References for the Evidence
  • References for Sleep Apnea
  • Bonus Lecture
  • Coupon Codes
  • Breathing Essentials: Sleep Apnea Thank you
  • Thank you
  • Breathing Essentials: Sleep Apnea Feedback
  • Feedback
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Breathing Practice
  • Blowing up a balloon
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