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Pulmonary Physiotherapy also known as Respiratory Physiotherapy is the term used to describe the job of a specialist physiotherapist who helps treat, educate and advise patients who have problems with their lungs and their breathing.
It is indicated in respiratory conditions like
It is the term for a group of treatments designed to improve respiratory efficiency, promote expansion of the lungs, strengthen respiratory muscles and eliminate secretions from the respiratory system.
The purpose of chest physiotherapy is to help patients breathe more freely and to get more oxygen into the body.
The following techniques are all part of chest physiotherapy.
Eg: Flutter, Acapella
It is an evidence based multidisciplinary and comprehensive intervention for patients with lung disease who are symptomatic and often have decreased daily life activities.
The aims of Pulmonary Rehabilitation are to reduce the symptoms and disability for people with lung disease and the overall goal being optimizing their functional status.
Exercise is the cornerstone of pulmonary rehabilitation programs. Although, exercise training does not directly improve lung function, it causes several physiological adaptations which can improve physical condition.
There are three basic types of exercises to be considered.