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BCIA BF Clinical Update Webinar: Performance Capnography – Breathing Biofeedback for Acid-Base Physiology Balance
Friday, May 31, 2024, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM MDT
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Webinar 2024-05 BCIA BF CU Webinar: Performance Capnography – Breathing Biofeedback for Acid-Base Physiology Balance

Presented by: Scott Sonnon

Our course examines key respiratory biometrics in breathing behavioral biofeedback instrumentation. Past research demonstrates that breathing behavioral changes act as buffering mechanisms to maintain or restore acid-base physiological homeostasis, operationalized as pH balance. As a “performance-oriented” course, the theoretical foundation of breathing behavior is as an adaptive neurophysiological (medullary-mediated) response to external insults and impacts and internal perceptual, emotional, and metabolic demands. This course asks how chronic, conditioned breathing behavior triggers, exacerbates, perpetuates, and causes acid-base physiological instability, known as respiratory alkalosis, operationally defined in performance capnography as hypocapnia. Unlike static clinical environments, this course introduces dynamic physical activity as an attenuator of acid-base instability, operationalized through capnometric metabolic analysis, and introduces breathing education as a toolset for physically and cognitively restructuring breathing behavior. Conditioned, maladaptive compromises to compensatory breathing behavior will be discussed, though organic and structural deficiencies that interact or cause breathing behavioral changes will not be addressed, as the latter enter the domain of pulmonological pathology and respiratory therapy. Respiratory psychophysiology complements other biofeedback instrumentation and methodologies (e.g., HRV, EEG, and EMG biofeedback) by offering tangible, physical breathing interventions that contribute to successful self-regulation experiences. Though the intent of this course is to introduce breathing behavioral biofeedback, integration with other instrumentation exceeds the scope of this introduction. The presenter holds no commercial involvement in breathing behavioral instrumentation or education and has no conflicts of interest.

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