Our physiotherapists can provide treatment and exercises to improve lung health and/or lung capacity of patients struggling with respiratory related issues. We can put you on the right path to clearer, healthier lungs.
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During the winter months we see an influx of patients needing respiratory physiotherapy to help assist in recovery from common winter illnesses that can affect the lungs. Here’s a little more about this type of physio and how we can help.
What is respiratory physiotherapy?
Respiratory physiotherapy also known as chest physiotherapy, is an area of physio that focuses on the lungs and movement of the ribs and diaphragm.
Our physiotherapists provide treatment options for patients dealing with a range of lung conditions and provide treatment/exercises to improve their lung health and/or lung capacity. This can prove to be invaluable for many people struggling with chronic health issues and related breathing issues.
Who can benefit from this type of physiotherapy?
Anyone that has a problem with their lung function and breathing. There are many people with chronic illness and disability that can suffer from a buildup of mucus in the lungs. This build-up makes it difficult for patients to fill up their lungs and take in enough oxygen.
In turn, this can have a severe impact on general health and well-being due to a lack of oxygen in the blood. Respiratory physiotherapy can work to reduce these blockages, improve the flow of air and rib movement and improve the health and well-being of patients.
How does respiratory physio work?
Your physio will assess the situation by listening to the chest and seeing how much movement occurs in the ribs and diaphragm. They can determine the airflow into the lungs and areas that are badly affected by mucus. Once they have a clearer understanding of your condition, they can begin to recommend exercises and treatment options.Some of these techniques are quite simple in theory.
Some will recommend breathing exercises that can maximise the efficiency of your breath. This could have a big impact on oxygen intake. They can also advise on the best position to take to drain mucus from specific areas of the lung.
Many of these solutions are exercises that patients can complete at home. However, some people with severe impairments may benefit from the use of a specialist device.
What is chest percussion?
Chest percussion is a common, hand-on physiotherapy treatment that can help. Physios will use a drumming effect on the chest to shake the mucus free, but may also use other forms of vibration, deep breathing and coughing techniques to speed up the process. This is a skilled, intensive process, but one that can lead to great results..
We are proud to announce that we will be sponsoring Tennis Queensland for the 2019/20 season
As part of our sponsorship we will be providing physiotherapists to tournaments held at Tennyson. Recently, the Queensland open tournament was held with a prize pool of 20k! There was some great tennis being played and our physiotherapists were on hand making sure players were able to compete throughout the day pain free. They helped assist players post match with any injuries as well as being called on multiple times to the court to assess if players were able to participate in the remainder of their matches. There were days that we had physios staffed from 8am to midnight! It was a great tournament and the whole team is looking forward to the 19/20 season.
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Meet our Pain Slayer Gabi
Our Physiotherapist Gabi is an expert at postural correction, muscle retraining and chronic pain relief. Gabi has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Brazil and a Masters in Physiotherapy studies from UQ and has also completed an Australian Physiotherapy Association Women’s health course focusing on pre and post natal health and pelvic floor health. Gabi has qualifications in Physio, Pilates, Lymphatic Drainage and Dry Needling. Gabi treats many of our pre and post natal clients, clients post-surgery, musculoskeletal conditions and patients that have lymphedema as a result of a variety of conditions.
Gabi is also our go to Pain Slayer for Lymphatic Drainage treatment. So what is Lymphatic Drainage and how can it help?
Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle, rhythmical massage treatment to stimulate the circulation of lymph fluid around the body. It helps to rapidly speed up the removal of wastes and toxins from a sluggish lymphatic system. Lymphatic Drainage massage aids in the prevention of swelling after injury or surgery. The procedure is thought to provide a major boost to your immune system (as the lymphatic system is a drainage network that helps to keep body fluid levels in balance and defends the body against infections). The treatment is beneficial for patients: who are post mastectomy, post plastic surgery, post lymphadenectomy, patients who suffer from lymphedema, sinusitis and patients post Wisdom teeth removal etc.
Our massage appointments are available Monday to Wednesday. Tight or aching muscles after a weekend of exercising? – A remedial massage will help release and relieve tension. Perhaps you just need a little pampering? – If so our massage therapist Jeannette will look after you with a gentle relaxation massage.
- Back and neck pain
- Headaches & Chronic Pain
- Elbow & wrist tendonitis in tennis & golfers elbow
- Rotator cuff problems (shoulder)
- Foot & ankle problems such as Achilles tendonitis
Dry needling is performed by our Physios who have gained the extra qualifications necessary to practice Dry Needling. Dry Needling is used primarily for decreasing muscle tightness & spasm, pain relief, correct activation of muscles & muscle relaxation
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