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NOTE: This course is part of both the Lifestyle Medicine Certificate Program and the Professional Therapeutic Yoga Certification. Details about both of these programs can be found below.
The body has not one, but three diaphragms. The concept of “3D” health describes the functioning of three vital diaphragms that influence whole body health through their neural, mechanical, and myofascial connections. These diaphragms include the oral cavity (cervico-thoracic or laryngeal) diaphragm, the respiratory diaphragm, and the pelvic diaphragm/floor. The neural mechanism is provided by the wandering 10th cranial nerve, the vagus nerve. As the largest nerve in the autonomic nervous system, the vagus extends from the brain to the colon. Vagal afferents comprise at least 80% of vagus activity, and dictate everything from heart, lung, and digestive function to our physiological health and psychological wellbeing.
Self-regulation and stress management are also functions under vagus control which are of particular interest, given that over 50% of the population reports experiencing at least one significant trauma in their lives. Research tells us these trauma statistics increase the risk of a person developing PTSD, and since perceived stress is also a risk factor in noncommunicable disease (NCD) and pain genesis, we now know that stress management is a vital part of clinical practice. Strong vagal tone is associated with healthy stress management, a high emotional IQ, resilience and well formed coping mechanisms, while poor vagal tone has been linked with chronic inflammation, poor digestive health, immunity, and emotional resilience, and is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some forms of cancer.
Learning how to work with the three diaphragms as a whole is supported by osteopathic theory, which says the diaphragms are involved in controlling fluid pressure and movement of the entire body and also by biomechanical theory, neuroscience, and neuroendocrinology. A review of the diaphragms includes:
- The Cervical-Thoracic Diaphragm (laryngeal and oral diaphragms) is responsible for neurological optimization of stress response, swallowing, and communication, which controls vagal tone for cardiorespiratory functioning and the respiratory and pelvic diaphragm functioning.
- The Respiratory Diaphragm is a connecting point between cephalad and caudad diaphragms, and is the main muscle influencing pulmonary function. None of the diaphragms work in isolation, therefore, each exacts an influence on vagal tone and function.
- The Pelvic Diaphragm is the terminal end of the tri-diaphragmatic (3D) system, and can bear the brunt of trauma and impairment with dysfunction in the superiorly-located diaphragms. The pelvic diaphragm contains the muscles of the pelvic floor, which in turn impacts pressurization of the entire 3D system.
This course will teach you immediately applicable techniques for improving patient outcomes and satisfaction, including how to: 1) Impact vagal tone, 2) Use trauma-informed clinical reasoning & intervention, 3) Employ positive psychology to affect self-regulatory mechanisms, 4) Scaffold yogic breath, postures and meditation, 5) Evaluate the three diaphragms multi-system effects on the mind-body complex from the oral cavity to the pelvic floor using the orofacial examination and biopsychosocial vector analysis, 6) Understand epigenetic impact on rehabilitation outcomes, and 7) Use appropriate documentation to support reimbursement.
At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Describe the breath techniques that help manage and promote systems-based health and emotional regulation and well-being.
- Cite the evidence base for using Orofacial Examination.
- Identify the components for completing the Orofacial Examination.
- List the types of interventions offered in the NAP Meditation.
- Cite the evidence base for the biomarkers that inform trauma-sensitive yoga prescription.
- List the 15 biomarkers of trauma-informed yoga prescription.
- Practice the postures and breathwork involved in the “sensory diet” to impact vagal tone and stress response.
- Identify how the voice is a new biomarker of neuromuscular and psychophysiological dysfunction.
- List the 4 components of the biospsychosocial vector assessment.
- Discuss mindful movement prescription through the medical therapeutic yoga locks system.
- Describe how to externally evaluate for pelvic floor function and diaphragmatic integration.
- Scaffold yoga postures and breath techniques for movement and mindfulness prescription across the lifespan.
- Describe the impact of epigenetics on clinical reasoning and prescription.
- Define eudaemonia and how it impacts longevity.
- Apply positive psychology to help achieve sustainable healthy behaviors.
- List the ways in which social media, connectedness, and social support impact health.
- Review documentation methods for inclusion of the medical therapeutic yoga as lifestyle and functional medicine.
This course is part of the Lifestyle Medicine Certificate program & Professional Yoga Therapist Certification (PYT). Requirements for each of these programs is outlined below:
- LIFESTYLE MEDICINE CERTIFICATE
- Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MYT) Modules 1-4 (2o on-line hours)
- 2 Elective Modules (4 on-line hours)
NOTE: This program can be completed entirely online. No other modules are required, however, we do strongly recommend you consider completing the PYT Certification, as it goes hand in hand with the Lifestyle Medicine (LM) curriculum. It offers hands-on experience with implementation of everything you learn in the online LM Certificate program.
- PROFESSIONAL YOGA THERAPIST CERTIFICATION
- Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MYT) Modules 1-4 (20 on-line hours)
- Level I – Module 5 (27 live, on-site hours)
- Level II – Module 6 (28 live, on-site hours)
- Level III – Module 7 (38 live, on-site hours)
- Case Community Competency project (variable hours) – The CCC is a karma yoga project carried out in your community with the mentorship of an assigned faculty mentor. The CCC is included in M7 tuition.
For further information about either or both of these programs go to proyogatherapy.org.
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Satisfactory completion of this course will require the participant to complete a 20 question post-test with a minimum passing score of 70%.
NOTE: The Medical Therapeutic Yoga modules 1-4 are excluded from the subscription plan.