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Self-Study: A Holistic Approach to Treating Exercise-Induced PVFM

  • 01 Aug 2023
  • 31 Aug 2023
  • ONLINE - Zoom Platform
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  • Free for MSHA Members


A Holistic Approach to Treating Exercise-Induced PVFM

Available August 1-31, 2023

Members: FREE
Non-Members: $60

Exercise Induced PVFM (Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion) is an upper airway disorder that occurs in some athletes which is often misdiagnosed as Exercise Induced Asthma (EIA). This webinar will discuss the nature of EI-PVFM, its signs and symptoms, how it is differentiated from EIA, the comparison of using traditional and non-traditional therapy techniques, and some of the main components of a holistic, proactive approach to treating this condition. Videos of clients pre- and post-therapy will be shown. Comparison of preliminary pre- and post-therapy data will also be presented.

Sharon D. Frank, M.A., CCC-SLP

Learner Outcomes
The participants will be able to:

1. List five signs/symptoms that differentiate EI-PVFM from EIA
2. List two of the main components of a holistic approach to treating EI-PVFM
Describe three benefits of using Buteyko breathing methods and principles
4. Describe three differences between using traditional treatment methods and a holistic treatment method for EI-PVFM

Time-Ordered Agenda
5 minutes: Introduction of speaker
30 minutes: Nature of EI-PVFM, its signs and symptoms, how it differentiates from EIB
20 minutes: Hyperventilation symptoms and introduction to Buteyko breathing principles
25 minutes: Comparison of using traditional and non-traditional therapy techniques for treating EI-PVFM; client videos
10 minutes: Questions & answers
5 minutes: Comparison of preliminary pre- and post-therapy data
15 minutes: Benefits of Manual Therapy for treating EI-PVFM
5 minutes: Client videos & concluding thoughts
5 minutes: Questions & answers/evaluation

About the Presenter

Sharon Frank specializes in Exercise-Induced Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion (EI-PVFM) and voice disorders. She is the founder of the P.I.E Approach and uses it to evaluate and treat EI-PVFM clients in a holistic, systematic method that includes Buteyko breathing techniques. Sharon helps clients who live locally, as well as those who come from other states and Europe and, most recently, through telepractice.

She is the owner of Speech and Voice Therapy Center in Foxborough, Massachusetts, which she founded over 20 years ago. She has been an ASHA certified member for over 35 years. In addition to ASHA, Sharon is a member of the Massachusetts Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the Buteyko Breathing Educators Association (BBEA). She is a Level 3 Buteyko practitioner. Sharon was selected as an ASHA Imaginologist at the 2019 Convention, and she co-presented on EI-PVFM at the ASHA Convention in 2018 and at the BBEA Annual Conference in 2017. She was an invited speaker at the Pediatric Asthma and Allergy Updates for Primary Care Providers at Boston Children’s Hospital in March 2020.

Disclosure Statements

Sharon D. Frank, M.A., CCC-SLP 
Financial: Sharon is the owner of the Speech and Voice Center LLC in Foxborough, MA. She has intellectual property rights as the founder of the P.I.E. Approach. She is receiving a speaking fee for this presentation.

Non-financial: Sharon is a member of ASHA and MSHA. She also is a member of the Buteyko Breathing Educators Association.

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