Physiotherapy for Respiratory Conditions
Physiotherapists are specially trained in treatments and techniques to help with problems associated with heart and lung conditions such as shortness of breath, difficulty clearing phlegm and a limited tolerance for activity or exercise.
Lung conditions which cause breathing problems and may benefit from chest physiotherapy, include the following:
Bronchitis / Recurrent chest infections
Specialised Physiotherapy can also be helpful to those who may have had:
Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
The Chartered Physiotherapist will first assess your individual problem and devise a specialised treatment plan, which may incorporate any or all of the following:
Breathing exercises - techniques to reduce shortness of breath and aid clearance of mucus/phlegm e.g. active cycle of breathing technique, autogenic drainage and positive expiratory pressure devices.
Manual techniques - percussion and vibrations to loosen mucus/phlegm.
Advice on positioning to allow gravity to assist the drainage of mucus/phlegm.
Advice on the use of inhalers, nebulisers and volumatics.
Exercise programmes - to help improve fitness by increasing blood oxygen levels. You may also be given advice on how best to manage your condition while participating in sport.
Advice on bone health for those who are inactive as a result of their breathing difficulties or for those using oral steroid.
Advice on thoracic mobility and posture - an important part in prevention of long term back problems in patients with breathing difficulties.
If appropriate, your Chartered Physiotherapist will liaise with your doctor, hospital consultant or other health care professional.