What is respiratory physiotherapy?
Respiratory physiotherapy relates to the assessment and treatment of people with disorders of the respiratory system. This includes conditions affecting the lungs such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis, breathing pattern disorders and Long Covid. It can be used at all stages of disease from early diagnosis through to chronic illness. Physiotherapy is focused on maximising physical function and helping you manage symptoms.
How can you benefit from respiratory physiotherapy?
Respiratory conditions can have a significant impact on exercise tolerance and independence in everyday activities. The treatment and its outcomes will depend on your individual condition and symptoms.
If you are suffering from respiratory disorders, physiotherapy may help you cope better with:
- Shortness of breath
- Clearing secretions
- Feeling tired due to breathlessness
- Tasks that are difficult to perform
- Exercising and aiming to get fitter and stronger
How does respiratory physiotherapy work?
- Advice on self-management
- Better understanding of the conditions
- Postural drainage
- Exercises to aid the expectoration / clearance of secretions
- Help to improve the efficiency of breathing
- Therapeutic exercise
What types of treatments are performed?
Some examples of techniques that the physiotherapist will use:
- Breathing exercises
- Positions to relieve breathlessness
- Activities and exercise
- Secretion clearance techniques
- Relaxation techniques