What are the causes of shortness of breath?
The causes of Shortness of breath can be divided into three categories including:
- Lung conditions
- Cardiac conditions
- Other factors
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Congestive heart failure
- Periods of immobility
How can Physiotherapy help shortness of breath?
Physiotherapy can help the individual overcome the episode of feeling short of breath and help prepare them for any future attacks. Physiotherapy can help by:
- Offering self-management strategies
- Calming the individual
- Giving the individual the independence to control symptoms
- Offer lifestyle advice
- Offer manual treatments
- Exercise to decrease shortness of breath
- Increase exercise tolerance
What type of Physiotherapy treatments can be expected for shortness of breath?
Physiotherapists from Physio.co.uk can offer a variety of treatments to both adults and children who suffer from shortness of breath, giving them back the independence and control of their symptoms. Some of the treatments and techniques used are:
- Breathing techniques
- Manual techniques (vibs, percussion)
- Postural drainage
- Lifestyle advice
- Flutter valve
- Incentive Spirometry
- Active Cycle of Breathing Techniques (ACBT)
- Exercise programme
- Cardiovascular exercises
Shortness of breath is a symptom which can be frightening and leave you feeling a great loss of control over your breathing pattern. Physiotherapy works alongside you; using techniques and equipment to aid clear the secretions of your chest and help establish a controlled natural breathing pattern. For an experienced physiotherapy appointment, please contact us or call 0330 088 7800.