Chest Physiotherapy

Chest physiotherapy services focus on assessing and treating conditions affecting the respiratory system, particularly those that involve the chest and lungs. Here’s a breakdown of what such services may entail:

  • Assessment: The process typically begins with a comprehensive assessment of the individual’s respiratory function and chest mobility. This may include measurements of lung capacity, assessment of breathing patterns, auscultation of lung sounds, and evaluation of chest wall movement.
  • Airway Clearance Techniques: Chest physiotherapy often involves techniques aimed at clearing mucus and secretions from the airways, particularly in individuals with conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, or bronchiectasis. Techniques may include:
    • Chest percussion and vibration: Gentle tapping or vibration applied to the chest wall to help loosen and mobilize mucus, making it easier to clear.
    • Postural drainage: Positioning the body to facilitate the drainage of mucus from specific areas of the lungs, typically combined with breathing exercises.
    • Active cycle of breathing techniques (ACBT): A series of breathing exercises designed to help mobilize and clear mucus from the airways, often combined with deep breathing and coughing.
  • Breathing Exercises: Chest physiotherapy may also include breathing exercises aimed at improving lung function, increasing respiratory muscle strength, and promoting efficient breathing patterns. These exercises may involve diaphragmatic breathing, pursed-lip breathing, and incentive spirometry.
  • Oxygen Therapy Management: For individuals who require supplemental oxygen therapy, chest physiotherapists can provide guidance on oxygen use, equipment management, and techniques to optimize oxygen delivery and improve respiratory function.
  • Education and Self-Management: Education is a crucial component of chest physiotherapy services. Physiotherapists provide individuals and their caregivers with information on their condition, proper use of respiratory equipment, techniques for airway clearance, and strategies for managing symptoms effectively at home.

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  • Exercise Prescription: Physical activity plays a vital role in maintaining respiratory health. Chest physiotherapists may prescribe tailored exercise programs aimed at improving cardiovascular fitness, respiratory muscle strength, and overall endurance.
  • Smoking Cessation Support: For individuals with respiratory conditions exacerbated by smoking, chest physiotherapists can provide support and resources to help individuals quit smoking and reduce their risk of further lung damage.
  • Monitoring and Follow-up: Chest physiotherapy services typically include regular monitoring and follow-up appointments to assess progress, adjust treatment plans as needed, and provide ongoing support to individuals in managing their respiratory health.
Overall, chest physiotherapy services are aimed at improving respiratory function, managing symptoms, and enhancing quality of life for individuals with a wide range of respiratory conditions. By addressing airway clearance, breathing mechanics, exercise tolerance, and self-management strategies, chest physiotherapists play a crucial role in optimizing respiratory health and well-being.
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Monday / Wednesday / Thursday
8 am–12:30 pm, 2:30–6 pm

Tuesday / Friday
8 am–12:30 pm, 2–5:30 pm

Saturday
8:30 am–12:30 pm ( appointments only )
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