760 Glenhuntly Rd

Caulfield South, VIC. 3162

03 9528 3994

Fax: 03 9523 8622

Physiotherapy and your lungs

March 21, 2017
lungs

Coming into the cooler months, we are all more prone to coughs, colds and chest infections. Physiotherapy can be useful to help people with chronic lung conditions, where they experience shortness of breath and or excessive phlegm production. Some examples include asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and bronchiectasis.

How your lungs work:

The body absorbs oxygen and gives off carbon dioxide as air moves in and out of the lungs with the help of the muscles of the ribcage and the diaphragm.

Air is carried through the lungs down to small structures that are like hollow sacs, called alveoli. Each sac contains a mesh of blood vessels where oxygen can enter the bloodstream. When oxygen levels are too low, the brain sends signals to the muscles that control breathing, so that they will work harder. This means that people with breathing difficulties have to work harder to get enough oxygen. If the lungs are stiff and not flexible, the diaphragm also has to work harder. People with breathing problems often use additional muscles to breathe, including the muscles of the neck and shoulders, which again can make breathing very tiring.

How can physiotherapy help people with lung conditions?

Physiotherapy is aimed at teaching strategies to relax breathing, so that less energy is used to breath.
Techniques and exercises to clear phlegm from the airways, so that more oxygen can enter the bloodstream.
Gentle targeted exercise programs for example cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation, to maintain and increase fitness at an appropriate level.

Remember to seek medical advice before commencing any exercise program

Shanee Fleischer, Physiotherapist.

Www.betterhealth.com.au

Relationship Building Habits Part 8:

Relationship Building Habits Part 8:

By Naomi Rubinstein, Counsellor Day 7: Declare date night. Many of my couples tell me they experience loneliness in their marriage. Some say they live parallel lives with their partners. John and Julie Gottman’s research shows that the average amount . . . . .
Relationship Building Habits Part 7:

Relationship Building Habits Part 7:

By Naomi Rubinstein, Counsellor DAY 6: Reach out and Touch. These 10 habits are practiced by couples in happy, thriving relationships, where both partners are satisfied sexually:
Relationship Building Habits Part 6:

Relationship Building Habits Part 6:

By Naomi Rubinstein, Counsellor DAY 5: Ask for what you need. It’s not easy asking for what we need and couples often wish our partners could read our minds, or at least intuit our desires without exposing ourselves by actually . . . . .
Relationship Building Habits Part 5:

Relationship Building Habits Part 5:

By Naomi Rubinstein, Counsellor Day 4: Give a real compliment. A relationship is made up of one unit, consisting of two people, two minds, different desires and opinions. No wonder there will be conflict – that is to be expected! . . . . .
More Physiotherapy Posts
Falls Prevention and Balance, How Physiotherapy Can Help

Falls Prevention and Balance, How Physiotherapy Can Help

By Shanee Fleischer, Physiotherapist As we age, various changes take place in our body that can affect our balance and coordination. This can increase the risk of falls, which can result in serious injuries. Physiotherapy, in the form of regular . . . . .
Osteoarthritis and Physiotherapy

Osteoarthritis and Physiotherapy

Our Caulfield Natural Health Clinic Physiotherapist, Shanee Fleischer, has summarised some facts about Osteoarthritis below. Information has been summarised from Physiotherapy InMotion magazine, May 2021. Did you know… Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, and commonly affects the joints of the . . . . .

Dysmenorrhoea (Period Pain)

Written by Genya Fleischer, Naturopath and Acupuncturist at Caulfield Natural Health Clinic Dysmenorrhoea is the medical term for painful, crampy sensations in the lower abdomen and back, associated with menstrual periods, usually caused by uterine contractions. The quality and the . . . . .