Chest Physiotherapy

Chest physiotherapy is a type of physical therapy that is used to improve breathing and lung function. It is often used in people with respiratory conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pneumonia, but can also be used for people with other conditions that affect breathing, such as muscular dystrophy.

Chest physiotherapy consists of a series of techniques that help to clear mucus and secretions from the lungs, improve gas exchange, and enhance lung function. The specific techniques used can vary depending on the individual and their condition, but may include:
Chest percussion: This involves tapping the chest and back with cupped hands or a specialized device to help loosen and remove mucus.
Vibration: This involves using a machine or manually vibrating the chest and back to help shake loose mucus.
Drainage positions: This involves positioning the individual in different positions to help encourage the flow of mucus towards areas where it can be more easily cleared.
Incentive spirometry: This involves using a device that measures the amount of air inhaled and exhaled, and provides feedback to help individuals improve their breathing and lung function.

Chest physiotherapy is typically performed by a physiotherapist, respiratory therapist, or nurse, and may be performed as part of a larger treatment plan that includes medication, exercise, and other therapies. The goal of chest physiotherapy is to improve lung function, reduce the risk of respiratory infections, and improve overall quality of life for people with respiratory conditions.

Rehabilitation of the respiratory system can require specialised equipment or a specific skillset from the physiotherapist, so please contact our office to let us know the extent of your ailment so that we can provide the best support for your rehabilitation journey.