We can live five weeks without food, five days without water, but only five minutes without air. Having a functional airway for breathing is the most important physiological function our body has to maintain our health.
I’d like to tell you about the AAPMD conference I attended in Tucson Arizona last weekend and how I believe the information presented is going to change the face of medicine.
The annual conference for the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry was historic for many reasons. The purpose of the conference was to develop a collaborative approach to treating patients with airway and sleep problems, a growing epidemic that affects greater than 80% of the population.
Problems related to the airway affecting quality of sleep make us more susceptible to many of the disease processes we see today including but not limited to chronic neck and back pain, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease just to name a few.
Attendees at the conference included an impressive array of ENTs, neurologists, dentists, psychologists, psychiatrists, physical therapists and many other healthcare professionals.
I was honored to represent the physical therapy section and present a full day conference on the functional manual therapy approach to treatment the airway and related symptoms. I also gave a keynote speech detailing the role of the physical therapist as part of the medical collaborative team.
In the coming weeks, Elite Health Services will be providing valuable information as to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of airway disorders. You can visit the AAPMD.org for more information and stay tuned.
The most powerful healing medicine in the world is a good night sleep!
A summary of the 2016 American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry Conference with Brad M. Gilden PT, DPT, CFMT, FAAOMPT, FFMT, CSCS
(pictured above l-r) Brad Gilden, DPT, Jeff Hindin, DDS, Howie Hindin, DDS, Valerie Sinkus, PT, Steve Warfel, DPT Paige Raffo, PT