Respiratory physiotherapy

Chest physiotherapy is one of the most effective and natural treatments available. It aims to help you to better manage and reduce the signs and symptoms you are experiencing, either as a result of an acute (pneumonia/ chest infection) or chronic long term lung condition. The purpose of chest physiotherapy is to put you in control of your lung condition and to improve your quality of life.

Chest physiotherapy includes the following:

  • Advice and practical solutions by providing you with a more effective and independent way to clear your lungs of phlegm. This will help with breathlessness, reduce the occurrence of chest infections, improve your symptoms and help reduce the progression of a long term lung condition.

  • Providing advice and teaching you techniques to optimise your breathing pattern. This will improve many of your symptoms and your quality of life, as it improves the effectiveness and efficiency of ventilation within your lungs.

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation is the most proven and proactive way to improve your strength and fitness. This is generally reduced when living with a long term chest condition or after an acute chest infection/ pneumonia. Improving your fitness level will help with reducing your breathlessness and fatigue; allow you to have a better quality of life and do a bit more.

  • Self-management is an important aspect of chest physiotherapy and will lead to a reduction in chest infections. This will result in a decrease in disease progression, symptoms you are experiencing and essentially put you in control of your condition! It gives you the confidence in your ability to proactively help yourself and improve your quality of life.

What conditions can chest physiotherapy help with?

Chest physiotherapy can help a number of acute and chronic long term conditions including:

  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which includes emphysema, bronchitis and chronic asthma)

  • Bronchiectasis

  • Interstitial lung disease/lung fibrosis

  • Lung cancer

  • Pneumonia/ chest infections

  • Dysfunctional breathing/ hyperventilation.


Our qualified Respiratory Physiotherpist will complete a comprehensive assessment and will formulate the treatment plan around the problems you are experiencing and what matters to you as an individual. Where appropriate this will include education on your condition, review and advice of respiratory medications. All interventions are evidenced based and are in line with national standards of respiratory clinical practice.

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