Chest Physiotherapy

What is chest physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists can help people improve their breathing, improve oxygen flow to the lungs and hep remove excess mucus or phlegm through coughing.  By helping to remove phlegm this helps to prevent chest infections developing.

Which types of chest conditions can physiotherapy help?

Chest physiotherapy can help with a number of chest conditions such as:

  • cystic fibrosis
  • chest infections
  • asthma
  • pneumonia
  • COPD (chronic obstructive airways disease)
  • help remove increase in phlegm after being bed bound or inactive for periods of time

What is chest physiotherapy treatment?

Our physiotherapists can help teach you techniques to increase oxygen to your lungs and keep airways clear and expand your lungs.  They can use a number of hands on techniques over your lungs which are similar to a massage to help loosen secretions and postural drainage to help get rid of them.  For those with a weak cough who are unable to cough up the phlegm an assisted coughing technique can be used.

Prior to each treatment assessment techniques such as auscultation using a stethoscope to listen to your lungs will be performed.

Click here to see the one of the types of breathing exercises recommended, known as the ACBT (Active Cycle of Breathing Technique).

Do I need chest physiotherapy?

If you are having difficulties with shortness of breath or getting rid of phlegm or a recent operation involving your lungs or heart then it is worth having one of our chest physiotherapists come and see you at home. It is important to get rid of the phlegm as if there is a build up then can lead to developing a chest infection.

Does chest physiotherapy work?

Yes it does and better for some conditions than others.  It works particularly well for conditions in which a lot of phlegm is being produced and needs to be rid of.  If there is a build up phlegm that remains in the lungs there is an increased risk of developing a chest infection.

Are you looking for a physiotherapist in Singapore? We can provide physiotherapists to adults and children at home, schools and carehomes.

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