Respiratory Physio and how it can help.
By Graceville Physio Meg McGrath
Respiratory physiotherapy is a relatively unknown area of physio, but not a new one. It has its roots in hospital physio, where physiotherapists traditionally would help with patients who were unable to maintain their own airways, or able to clear phlegm from their chests.
As respiratory physio has evolved, it has come to encompass the wider realm of respiratory conditions, and the treatments have become more refined and varied to suit the different needs of different patients.
Respiratory conditions are pathological conditions that affect the lungs or other parts of the respiratory tract. There are many different types of respiratory conditions that are present in all different types of people, ranging from acute conditions like the common cold, to more chronic ones, the two most common of which are asthma and COPD. And of course, COVID-19 which is a good example of an acute condition that can cause long term deficits.
Often times, with conditions like these, patients have trouble with airway clearance, which is when you have a feeling that your airway or lungs are congested by phlegm and you can’t cough it up.
This is where respiratory physiotherapy can be helpful. A respiratory physiotherapist can aid you in developing a self-management strategy to help with airway clearance. Physio can also be helpful in developing an exercise program that can help long term with shortness of breath, and general fitness, which is often affected in respiratory conditions.
If you are currently experiencing respiratory symptoms, contact the clinic today to book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists who treat respiratory conditions!
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Wednesdays at 10am & 6pm
Our Clinical Physio led pilates classes are ideal for anyone needing to strengthen their core.
This may be so that you can continue to perform daily tasks well and without causing pain, enhance your performance in the gym or on the field, strengthen your body following spinal or other surgery and for those of you trying to actually avoid surgery.
If you suffer with chronic lower back pain you may benefit from guided pilates used as a part of therapy and rehabilitation. Class size is limited in order for the physio to give you personal one on one direction.
Max 5 participanats per class. Health fund rebatable.
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Quick Physio tip!
Dehydration can lead to stiff muscles. Muscles are active tissues, which means they’re the kind of tissue that require the most water in the body. So be sure to drink enough water!
I’ve got an Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC). What next?
If you have recently seen your doctor about a chronic condition and you’ve been referred for an Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC) you may be given up to 5 visits with a Physio.
The following are some answers to some common questions about these EPC referrals.
What is an Enhanced Primary Care Plan?
An EPC is a plan on the Medicare Benefits Schedule where GPs are able to plan treatment for patients who suffer from a chronic condition with other allied health providers.
Can I get a Medicare Rebate for Physiotherapy?
Yes, but there are a few conditions …
- Firstly, you must meet the criteria, and that is generally centred around ‘chronic’ conditions, meaning something you have had for more than 3 months.
- Secondly, you need to have the appropriate referral from your GP, who needs to send you to a Physiotherapy clinic.
Is it free?
No, unfortunately we cannot bulk bill Medicare for Physiotherapy at our clinic, so there will always be a gap payment. You pay for your appointment in full and then will receive the medicare rebate of $54.60 for each visit. We can process the rebate on-the-spot, straight back into your debit/savings accounts.
If you have any specific questions at all regarding the ECP process, please call or email us!