What are respiratory conditions?
Respiratory conditions affect the respiratory system (the nose, throat, windpipe and lungs). In children the conditions may be chronic or congenital such as asthma or cystic fibrosis and require lifelong management. Babies born prematurely may have respiratory complications as the lungs are not properly developed. Other conditions are short lived and treatable such as viral or bacterial infections e.g. croup or bronchiolitis. Children are more susceptible to infection as their airways are smaller, however advances in treatment mean they are normally treatable and usually not life threatening.
What are the symptoms of respiratory conditions?
Symptoms and severity may vary according to the condition affecting the child but may include:
- Runny or blocked nose
- Shortness of breath
- Altered breathing pattern
- Stridor (high pitched squeaking noise)
How can physiotherapy help respiratory conditions?
Simple infections in children usually do not require physiotherapy, however in more complex or chronic conditions the child may benefit from physiotherapy to assist in secretion management and maintain clear airways. Our specialist paediatric physiotherapists can provide treatment which may include:
- Positioning advice to aid drainage of secretions and improve breathing control
- Lung clearance techniques such percussion or vibrations
- Breathing exercises to reduce shortness of breath and aid removal of secretions
- Advice to children and parents regarding long term management of chronic conditions
- Advice regarding inhaler techniques
- Exercises to improve overall fitness
- Liaison with parents and carers on overall management e.g. carrying out chest physiotherapy at home, how to recognise signs of respiratory distress etc.
Why Manchester Physio?
- No waiting lists, immediate treatment for acute infections
- Ongoing treatment on an individual basis
- Dedicated, patient centred approach
- Reassurance and support for parents
- Specialist physiotherapists
- Motivated, caring staff
- Proven track record
Manchester Physio can provide treatment of children with respiratory conditions across Greater Manchester and Cheshire. We can provide assessment and treatment at our clinic, a child's school or at your home for your convenience.
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