Respiratory Physiotherapy (RP)

What is respiratory physiotherapy?

Respiratory physiotherapy relates to the assessment and treatment of patients with disorders of the respiratory system. This includes conditions affecting the lungs such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis. Respiratory Physiotherapy can be used at all stages of the disease from early diagnosis through to chronic illness. Physiotherapy is focused on maximising physical function and helping in managing 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?

  • Assessment
  • Advice on self-management
  • Better understanding of the conditions
  • Hands-on interventions / manual techniques
  • Postural drainage
  • Exercises to aid the expectoration / clearance of secretions
  • Help to improve the efficiency of breathing
  • Therapeutic exercise
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