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Chest Infections and their treatment

Chest infections such as asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis can drag on for weeks when not treated correctly. Physiotherapy can help.

What happens with chest infections?

The lungs are lined with a thin layer of fluid to prevent them from drying out and to assist with lung expansion during breathing. Under normal circumstances this fluid can be removed by coughing, however when there is a chest infection, this fluid increases and can become excessively thick making removal difficult. Antibiotics can control the infection but do not aid in the removal of excess secretions. This is where physiotherapy can help.

How does physiotherapy help with chest infections?

Chest physiotherapy has been proven effective for asthma and many chest conditions and can be used with newborns, infants, children, and adults. It is a specialised treatment aimed at improving respiratory efficiency, promoting lung expansion, strengthening of respiratory muscles and removal of excess secretions.

Treatment can include:

  • Postural drainage
  • Chest percussion
  • Chest vibrations
  • Breathing exercises
  • Coughing techniques
  • Nebuliser

Ask your physiotherapist if your symptoms can be relieved with physiotherapy treatments, or contact us via our handy appointment form.

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