Dr Ade qualified in 1998 from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has completed a B.Sc and a PhD in Physiotherapy. Ade has a special interest in respiratory physiotherapy and also works as a senior physiotherapist for the NHS. We ask Ade how physiotherapy helps treat lung conditions and what it entails.
Respiratory physiotherapy involves the assessment of a patient with various respiratory conditions, presenting with breathing, secretion clearance or other airway problems for appropriate evidence-based intervention. The aim of physio is to relieve symptoms, improving activity tolerance, quality of life and survival.
Can physio help improve lung volume?
Every individual presents with a different range of conditions, and it is our aim to help patients:
- achieve better breathing technique to relieve breathlessness at rest and/or during activity
- achieve clear airway thereby reducing risks of cough and chest infection among other things
Inactivity over time may leave the body de-conditioned, with functioning of other vital organs compromised, thereby compromising vital daily activities. This can further lead the patient to having anxiety and depression.
Carefully planned exercise intervention can enhance a patient’s balance, mobility and activity tolerance with better functioning of some vital organs
What advice do you give the patient on self-management of a chronic lung condition?
Patients can be taught lifestyle adaptations to improve general wellbeing and independence, including energy conservation techniques, and use of prescribed devices.
Evidence established that respiratory physiotherapy could increase survival in individuals with long term respiratory conditions.
Consulting a physiotherapist early for an assessment and treatment can greatly improve health, allowing them to return to normal daily activities. It can also mean that if a referral is needed to another specialist, this can be carried out without delay.
If you or a loved one would like to talk to someone regarding their lung condition, please contact us on 0330 335 1016 where a member of our team will be on hand to help you with any queries you may have.