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Debra Treloar

BSR, FCAMPT Physiotherapist Vancouver, BC

BIO: Orthopedics Now

Deb Treloar graduated from UBC in 1979 with a Bachelors Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences. She and her husband Bill started Treloar Physiotherapy Clinic in 1982 in a small office on Broadway in Vancouver. She completed the Advanced Diploma of Orthopaedic and Manipulative Therapy in 1984 and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists. Deb taught extensively in the Canadian Manual Therapy Course system for a number of years. She developed a foot and ankle course for physiotherapists that she has continued to teach throughout Canada. In 2011, Deb received the Physiotherapy Association of BC Award for Clinical Excellence for her contribution as a clinician and furthering the clinical understanding of the foot and ankle. Deb is a guest lecturer in the Masters of Physical Therapy program at UBC.

Deb has continued to work clinically with clients with all types of problems although her practice has evolved to a large percentage of people with foot and ankle issues. She enjoys treating people of all ages and many years of coaching soccer has given her a lot of experience with adolescents. During the past four years Deb has continued her education by taking a series of Bobath courses (an assessment and treatment approach for people with neurological conditions). She is enjoying applying the neurophysiology and Bobath concept to her orthopaedic patients, as it is a paradigm that involves the interrelationship of all the parts of the body.

Treloar Physiotherapy Clinic , Vancouver BC

Breathing & Physiotherapy

Debra Treloar, BSR, FCAMPT, Physiotherapist, discusses breathing & physiotherapy.

When you sustain a traumatic injury or even if you’ve had pain for a long time, it alters your breathing because it elicits an autonomic nervous system response.

And that response is sometimes called a fight-or-flight response, and it’s – you’re hard-wired that way so that you can get away from danger or you can protect yourself if the danger’s going to come back at you.

And part of that response is that your respiration rate changes, so you start to breathe a lot faster. And often associated with that is that people breathe much more shallowly.

And it doesn’t have to be a traumatic event, it’s somewhat your perception of an event as well. So sometimes if you have an injury, you have pain and you think you should have been better last week and not this week, then now you start to, to start look at it as, “Oh no, I’m going to go down a road.” You catastrophize a little bit. And that also will increase your respiration rate. So you’re not calm about this event.

If we don’t take a full breath, we actually change the chemicals in our bloodstream. And when we do that, we’re not aiding the healing process. It can actually change how you think, how you sleep, how you move even.

The other thing associated with that, of course, is that you actually feel the pain more. So it’s very, very important that we get our respiration rate back to normal and that we’re able to breathe more deeply.

Physiotherapist will help you feel whether or not you’re breathing higher into your lungs or whether you’re able to breathe down into your lower ribs. He can also give you some ideas of how to time your breathing and to see what’s a normal rate or what’s not normal. And then they can help you with exercises and different things that will start to improve your breathing.

If you think that you have any problems with your breathing or that you’ve had pain for a long time or you’re wondering whether or not this is a problem for you, seek help from your physiotherapist. They’ll be happy to assess you and help you with changing your breathing patterns.

Presenter: Debra Treloar, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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