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This sleep therapist's show will be far from a snore

Posted by Michele Morgan Bolton  January 21, 2011 10:00 AM

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Respiratory therapist Bob Chase works with patients during a Jan. 13 road show in Marlborough.

Finding solutions so his patients can sleep sometimes keeps Bob Chase up at night, but the director of clinical services at Norwood's Reliable Respiratory isn't about to stop trying.

A 40-year registered therapist, Chase is taking the company's show on the road on Jan. 27 to the Hanover Mall. Chase and other respiratory therapists will meet and greet the public from noon to 6 p.m.; he plans a presentation at 3 p.m.

Chase, of Taunton, sees people who have sleep disordered breathing, like sleep apnea, and whose doctors have prescribed Continuous Positive Airway Pressure masks, or CPAP. According to Chase, the air flow keeps airways open to permit better breathing and reduce snoring, resulting in a good night’s sleep.

“My goal is to improve the quality of life for my patients,'' he said. "The more challenging the cases, the more interesting."

Two of Chase’s better-known cases were with the late actor Christopher Reeve following a horseback riding accident, and the late U.S. Speaker of the House Thomas P. ‘Tip’ O’Neill.

Currently, Chase is working with 10 children ages 1 to 12 in an experimental program with a major Boston hospital. He thinks many children with chronic fatigue, ADD – even autism – could benefit from such therapy instead of drugs or other approaches.

“Oxygenating brain cells throughout the night usually helps the child the next day,” he said.

Reliable Respiratory is a leading supplier of the mask units for people with sleep disorders, oxygen concentrators, and nebulizers for people suffering from asthma and other lung diseases. For more information on upcoming road tour dates and locations, contact Connie Chappell at rrcpaproadtour@gmail.com, chaplassoc@verizon.net, or at 781-844-1640.

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