About Respiratory Physiotherapy
Respiratory problems can affect people of any age, whether young babies who have not yet mastered the reflex to clear their own airways through to the elderly and patients in a palliative situation. The most common conditions affecting the respiratory system include cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, bronchiectasis and emphysema. Respiratory problems are particularly commonplace post-surgery and following severe illnesses requiring intensive care.
How Physiotherapy Helps
Physiotherapy helps by focusing essentially on restoring a clear airway, removing secretions and focusing on certain breathing efficacy. During a respiratory physiotherapy session, the physiotherapist will use a variety of manual techniques to remove secretion from the lungs. They will also focus on breathing and ventilation exercises. Critical to managing respiratory challenges is education and helping the patient also understand what they can do themselves to minimise respiratory difficulties.