Posted on February 14th, 2012
Some of you may be unaware that our clinic offers chest physiotherapy to treat respiratory conditions. The main reason people often come for treatment is to help clear excess mucus (sputum) from the respiratory system in order to improve the normal breathing process. Conditions which present include pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, asthma, hyperventilation and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Physiotherapists are trained to assess respiratory conditions and treat and provide advice and management on them.
The physiotherapist will look at addressing air entry to the all the airways of the lungs. Sometimes the airways can collapse or become blocked as a result of a buildup of swelling or sputum, which obstructs the entry of air, reducing the lung’s capacity to deliver oxygen to the body. Physiotherapists can help by providing specific breathing exercises for an individual’s condition that will help to re-inflate the lungs. Physiotherapists can also perform postural drainage positioning or manual techniques directly to the chest. Vibration or cupping can be used to mechanically shake sputum loose and make coughing up secretions easier, as sometimes due to prolonged lung disease or infection, there can be an abnormal secretion of thick mucus that the body cannot effectively expel on its own. Chest physiotherapy is effective in all age groups from new-born babies through to geriatrics. If you would like to know more about chest physiotherapy, ask someone at the clinic today.