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Respiratory Clinic

The Respiratory Clinic is designed to comprehensively assess and address, through treatment, respiratory issues spanning from infancy to adulthood. Focus is placed on “blending” respiratory-based treatment techniques with other treatment approaches to enhance each client’s level of efficient and “less taxing” independent function. The Clinic is offered at our Villa Park site once a month.

Why Begin Here?

The Clinic features Dr. Mary Massery, a world-renowned Physical Therapist for her knowledge of respiratory diseases and the consequences of the increased work of breathing on the postural and motor development of children. Dr. Massery has been invited to give over 1,000 professional presentations in all 50 US states and in 18 countries, including more than 100 presentations for the American Physical Therapy Association. Her research pioneered the concept of managing “trunk pressures” as a new way to visualize core stabilization. She has published and delivered major addresses on topics linking breathing and postural control, such as the importance of spinal alignment for optimizing breathing, talking, eating, and reaching.

Mary has received national awards from the APTA, including its highest clinical award, The Florence Kendall Practice Award, honoring “one’s outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy." She has been honored as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by each of her 3 universities (Northwestern University, University of the Pacific, and Rocky Mountain University). She was also awarded Northwestern University’s Alumnae Research Achievement Award.  Mary continues to maintain a private practice in Chicago, specializing in breathing and postural dysfunction.

Who should participate?

Clients with respiratory issues, rib cage or spinal deformities, tracheostomies, and other related issues.

What are the goals of this therapy?

Initial patient consultations are 2 hours long. Through interview, observation, and examination, Mary thoroughly explores the inter-relationship of the cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, integumentary (skin/connective tissue), and gastro-intestinal systems on the client’s health and motor skills. She encourages the client’s primary therapist(s) to attend the consultation to observe and learn techniques specifically applicable to the client. She suggests families videotape the session for better carry over at home and clinic.  When needed, follow-up sessions are 1-2 hours long, dependent on the client.

How do I get started?

Contact our Intake Coordinator at 630.261.6287 to ask questions or schedule an appointment. Please visit Mary Massery's website for more information or visit the frequently asked questions page.

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