What is Chest Physiotherapy?
Chest physiotherapy is a different area of physiotherapy which focuses on the lungs and the symptoms of various lung related diseases.
Diseases such as severe pneumonia, bronchitis, bronchiectasy and cystic fibrosis, cause the accumulation of secretion in the lungs and breathing difficulties.
Predominantly, the patient starts breathing only with the upper section of the lungs leaving the bottom (basal) area unused. The accumulation of secretion makes the matter worse.
How Chest Physiotherapy Works?
Chest physiotherapy is a combination of secretion clearance and breathing interventions.
The aim is to remove phlegm from the basal areas of the lungs and then encourage the patient to breath and stretch the lungs.
Some lung diseases such as asthma and emphysema have less sputum clearance and more breathing management.
Chest physiotherapy techniques are a series of hands treatment in order to help with the sputum clearance and then teaching techniques to engage the right muscle groups to encourage basal breathing.