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Respiratory Physiotherapy and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Improved Breathing

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Experiencing difficulties with breathing can manifest in various ways, affecting individuals both at rest and during physical activities.

Conditions such as Asthma, Bronchiectasis, and even the aftermath of Coronavirus or long Covid can hinder one's ability to breathe comfortably.

At my clinic, I provide comprehensive care and support for adults facing a range of respiratory challenges, including those with long-term conditions like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchiectasis, Pulmonary Fibrosis, and the impact of long Covid.

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Conditions I treat:

  • Breathing Pattern Disorders/Chronic Hyperventilation

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • Asthma

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Pulmonary Fibrosis

  • Bronchiectasis

  • Rehabilitation before or following surgery

  • Long Covid

 

Pulmonary physiotherapy intervention aims to address symptoms associated with these conditions:

  • Breathing pattern problems like air hunger, sighing and struggling to take a deep breath in

  • Symptoms of Chronic Hyperventilation, such as dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Fatigue or stress management

  • Breathlessness/Shortness of breath

  • Wheezing

  • Retained secretions

  • Persistent cough

  • Gastrointestinal problems - Belching, bloating, dry mouth, acid reflux.

What is done in Pulmonary Rehabilitation treatment?

Initially, I carry out a thorough assessment, considering your physical health, psychological well-being, and functional ability. This holistic approach involves evaluating musculoskeletal, respiratory, digestive, and psycho-social aspects, alongside a detailed thorax, chest wall, and breathing assessment. The assessment is an ongoing process and may be taken over more than one appointment.

The treatment plan is tailored to your specific needs and can include:

  • Soft tissue massage and manual therapy techniques

  • Accupancture

  • Coping strategies for breathlessness

  • Coping strategies for stress and anxiety

  • Breathing exercises customized to your needs

  • Energy conservation techniques

  • Return to exercise programs and guidance
     

Given that symptoms of breathing pattern disorders and pulmonary conditions can overlap with other medical conditions, I collaborate closely with other specialists to ensure accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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What will you gain from treating your breathing problems?

Our respiratory system acts as a crucial link between the mind and body. Optimizing breathing mechanics positively influences gut health, musculoskeletal health, cardiovascular function, bowel, bladder and pelvic functions, mood, and mental well-being. 

Improving breathing efficiency often results in enhancements across various aspects of health, including energy levels, sleep quality, mood and stress management, exercise, and overall fitness.

I prioritize a comprehensive approach to respiratory care to maximize the positive impact on your holistic well-being.

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WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY

"I've been one of Deb's Pilates students for years, after being recommended to her by my osteopath. She is endlessly cheerful and seems to know what her student's bodies are capable of better than they do themselves, which enables her to tailor exercises to allow for any specific problem you may have.

Her physiotherapy skills are exceptional - my rotator cuff problem was improving well under her ministrations."

MO 

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