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How Can Physiotherapy Help With Breathing?

Physiotherapy is sought for a number of issues: sports improvement, balance, mobility, disabilities, illnesses, or injuries, and aims to improve through practical advice and exercise. Less often do we think about exercise helping with breathing but now is the best time to share what we know. Physiotherapy can also help people with respiratory issues, so they can regain productivity and normal lifestyle. Physiotherapy can teach lifesaving techniques that are useful during an emergency, especially for people with severe asthma.

     COVID can cause long term issues with lungs which has caused an increase in patients seeking reliable, effective relief. In fact, Physio Comes to You is still offering door to door physiotherapy service despite the pandemic.

Here are some ways that physiotherapy can help people with breathing issues:

Anxiety- anxiety is a normal psychological response, but it can be severe in some people, which is indicated by an exaggerated rate of breathing. Intense flight-or-flight response affects their breathing pattern. Psychotherapy sessions teach patients how to address risk factors of anxiety, manage reactions, and relax their breathing patterns. Physiotherapy can aid stamina, mobility and overall health, building confidence and easing breathing issues.

Physical Performance- physiotherapy can help professional athletes or sports enthusiasts who want to perform better. Physiotherapy can help build a stronger respiratory system so athletes won’t become out of breath as easily. It takes specialised training to make lungs more adapted to physical exercises. Diaphragmatic breathing technique, for example, increases the level of usable oxygen in the lungs.

Asthma- asthma is a common respiratory condition that can affect many people for life. In addition to proper use of medication, physiotherapy training can improve their quality of life. Physiotherapists will examine your medicine usage and breathing technique to assess your condition. Useful breathing techniques for people with asthma are diaphragmatic breathing, nasal breathing, the Papworth method, Buteyko breathing, and pursed lip breathing. With regular physiotherapy sessions, asthmatic individuals will have a stronger respiratory system to handle their condition.

Cystic Fibrosis- there’s no cure for cystic fibrosis and children should participate in physiotherapy sessions to allow them to manage their breathing issues for a lifetime. Exercise can be tedious, and children may become non-compliant. Fun exercises may allow physiotherapists to teach children necessary breathing exercises. ACBT (active cycle of breathing technique) helps children to clear mucus from their lungs. With ACBT, physiotherapists teach children to relax their airways, get enough air behind mucus and eject mucus out of their lungs.

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     To learn more ways to set realistic resolutions for your body in the new year, contact Physio Comes To You today and speak with a physiotherapy specialist who can answer any questions you might have.

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