Asthma | How Can Physiotherapy Help in Treating? - NEED A PHYSIO


What is Asthma?

Asthma is a common long-term inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs. It is characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction, and bronchospasm.

What are the symptoms of Asthma?

Symptoms may include:

Wheezing, Coughing, Chest tightness, and Shortness of breath.

How Can Physiotherapy Help?

Physiotherapy can help asthmatics take control of their condition in a number of different ways. The first technique, and arguably the most important, is breathing retraining.  The physiotherapist will teach you how to take smaller, shallower breaths, and keep the air circulating.

Anyhow the techniques used will vary from patient to patient, but your physiotherapist will look at a number of common factors, such as the timing of your breathing, the rhythm, your triggers, your overall physical health, and much more.

Diaphragmatic breathing exercise & Pursed-lip breathing techniques are widely used in asthma to prevent breathing abnormalities. It will increase air redistribution to the lungs, maximize oxygenation and relieve dyspnea.

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Some patients may find that their physiotherapy involves many unexpected forms of exercise. Depending on what triggers your attacks, your physiotherapist may recommend getting involved in anything from hiking to indoor workouts.

There are some various techniques available for mobilizing and removing secretions. Percussions, vibrations, huffing and shaking techniques are used to mobilize the secretion and move these secretions to central airways to evacuate it. Postural drainage, suctioning and coughing techniques are used to remove mobilized secretions.

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