What is Chest Physio?
Chest Physio is performed by a Physiotherapist, to adults and paediatrics, to improve a patient’s breathing. This is done by removing excess secretions from the lungs, improving lung expansion, normalising breathing patterns and strengthening respiratory muscles.
Who is Chest Physio Performed On?
- Chronic respiratory diseases
- Respiratory infections
- Post surgery
- Acute trauma
- Paediatric and neonatal respiratory diseases
Why Chest Physio?
- Chest physio is recognised at a core component of the management of individuals with respiratory conditions.
- The success of chest physiotherapy stems from its favourable influence on not only the lungs but the heart and muscular system.
- Chest physio has been clearly demonstrated to reduce shortness of breath, increase exercise capacity and improve quality of life in individuals with respiratory problems.
- Chest physio is a multidisciplinary and comprehensive intervention for patients with respiratory disorders who are symptomatic and often have decreased activities of daily living.
A thorough assessment will be done on the patient followed by a comprehensive intervention. The intervention will be selected based on the findings in the assessment.
- Manual chest therapy (percussions, vibrations and shaking)
- Postural drainage
- Breathing exercises
- Incentive spirometer
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation