Your Physiotherapist will first assess your individual problem and then devise a specialised treatment plan which may incorporate any or all of the following:
For patients with lung problems:
- Breathing exercises – techniques to reduce shortness of breath or aid clearance of mucus/phlegm
- Manual techniques – percussion and vibrations to loosen mucus/phlegm.
- Positioning – to optimize lung expansion and secretion clearance.
- Exercise programmes – improving activity levels and fitness.
- Education/Self-Management – advice on the correct use and purpose of inhalers, nebulisers, and oxygen.
For patients with heart problems:
- Breathing exercises – techniques to reduce shortness of breath and aid clearance of mucus/ phlegm.
- Manual techniques – vibrations to loosen mucus/phlegm
- Advice – on the use of inhalers, nebulisers and volumatics.
- Advice – on bone health for those who are inactive as a result of their breathing difficulties or for those using oral steroids.
- Advice – on thoracic mobility and posture, which are an important part in preventing long-term back problems in patients with breathing difficulties.
- Exercise programmes – this can include cardiac rehab classes, heart failure classes, community physiotherapy.
If appropriate, your physiotherapist will liaise with your doctor, hospital consultant or other health care professional, to help you manage your heart/lung condition to the best of your ability.