Respiratory Rehabilitation is an area of physiotherapy that specialises in the prevention, rehabilitation, and compensation of clients with diseases and injuries in the heart and lungs. These conditions may manifest themselves as shortness of breath, persistent cough, increased work of breathing or the reduced ability to exercise.
Common cardiorespiratory conditions include:
>> Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) >> Asthma >> Bronchiectasis >> Bronchitis >> Respiratory Infections, i.e. Pneumonia.
Depending on your condition, your physiotherapy treatment may include:
>> Deep Breathing Exercise: to encourage increased lung volumes>> Hands-on Techniques and Breathing Facilitation Exercises: to expand your lung capacity>> Percussions and Vibrations: to help you loosen secretions and make coughing easier>> Coughing and Breathing Strategies: to help you cough and manage your shortness of breath>> Breathing and Circulation Exercises: to prevent further respiratory and vascular complications such as chest infection and deep venous thrombosis (DVTs)>> Mobility Assistance: to move safely in bed, sit up, stand and walk>> Mobility Aids: advice, prescription and instruction on how to safely use a walking frame, or other walking aids as required>> Individually Tailored Exercises: to control your breathing pattern, build muscle strength and endurance and improve your general health and wellbeing.
Respiratory Rehabilitation also plays a large role in the prevention of common complications. When people are admitted to hospital, or are recovering after an unrelated surgery (such as an orthopaedic or abdominal surgery), your doctor may ask an Active Respiratory rehahab respiratory physiotherapist to see you. The treatment provided may include:>> Deep Breathing Exercises: to prevent lung infection and collapse >> Bed, Chair and Standing Exercises: to prevent deep vein thrombosis (clots) >> Ongoing Fitness Program: Tailored exercises to help you maintain your mobility and fitness. >> Endurance training based on 6 mins. walk test