Respiratory Physiotherapy Home Visits

Our Respiratory Physios can help you:

  • Reduce your respiratory symptoms
  • Help prevent your hospitalisation
  • Improve the quality of your life
  • Reduce the number and severity of flares
  • Improve your exercise capacity
  • Provide information and advice on your respiratory disease

What is Respiratory Physiotherapy?

In some situations, such as after a general anaesthesia or in specific diseases such as cystic fibrosis, the lungs build up excessive secretions. These secretions can make it difficult to breath and can result in a collapse of the lung if left untreated.

Respiratory Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary treatment program for patients with disorders of the respiratory system. Chest physiotherapy aims to clear the lungs of secretions, reduce the effort of breathing and improve exercise tolerance. The therapy normally involves the application of various chest clearance techniques, as well as guided exercise techniques and the teaching of specific positions, both during pacing and resting, which will maximise your functional abilities.

 

Respiratory Physiotherapy is also essential for patients requiring mechanical ventilation, to help prevent or solve respiratory complications and stop ventilation as quickly as possible.

If you are waiting for surgery, especially if it will involve the chest or you are being discharged after intensive care admission, respiratory surgery will help you be discharged earlier from hospital and will promote your quicker recovery once you’re at home.

The purpose of this therapy is to reduce physical and pathological compromise, increase physical and mental performance and favour the return to a normal and socially interactive life.

Often respiratory rehabilitation is only started at an advanced stage of the disease. And if it is true that even the most serious patients will benefit from the physiotherapy program, it should be taken in account that starting rehabilitation at an early stage will allow you to effectively prevent disease progression (smoking cessation, nutritional strategies) and increased functionally beneficial exercise.

 

How we work

After an initial assessment, an individualised rehabilitation path is planned for you, which includes a number of physiotherapy exercises aimed at both building your general muscular strength and working on particular respiratory muscles.
Our Respiratory Phsyiotherapy programs are tailored for each patient’ needs, and are aimed at optimising autonomy as well as physical and social performance.
The overall duration of a respiratory rehabilitation program is usually between 8 and 12 weeks, after which you will be encouraged to stay active so as not to lose the benefits gained.  respiratory physiotherapy london

Medelit’s respiratory physiotherapists have a holistic approach to rehabilitation, where the restoration of psychological, emotional and social well-being are considered just as important as the achievement of physical well-being.

We aim to:

  • Reduce and control your respiratory symptoms
  • Increase your exercise capacity
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Get you back to an active life
  • Reduce your hospitalisation
  • Support you in tackling with functional reduction and disability
  • Reduce the number and severity of exacerbations

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The Benefits of Medelit’s Respiratory Physiotherapy:

  • One – to – one treatment
  • Tailored rehabilitation with specialised and highly trained chest physiotherapists
  • Early intervention thanks to prompt availability
  • Flexible location and timing
  • Coaching and advice on self management
  • Essential support in your transition between hospital and home or care home
  • Support from a Multidisciplinary Team
  • Information, support and specific programmes for family and carers
  • No hassle and no transport, more energy for your physio session
  • A therapy in your own environment means more comfort and self-confidence

Respiratory Rehabilitation and COPD

Patients who suffer from COPD are at a risk of entering a vicious circle where breathing difficulties (dyspnea) during exercise make it harder for them to remain physically active, and on the other hand, inactivity actually weakens muscles and reduces overall strength.
Sometimes these limitations come to the point where the person develops disability, loss of autonomy, limitations in daily activities and a dramatic reducing in the quality of life. This negative spiral can also be strengthened by the onset of further factors such as anxiety and depression.
Up to the 1990s it was thought that COPD patients were unable to reach a sufficiently high exercise intensity to be able to train their muscles, especially the lower limbs. In those years, respiratory rehabilitation was almost exclusively aimed at the strengthening of respiratory muscles (diaphragmatic re-education).
In 1991 Casaburi clearly demonstrated that severe COPD patients could obtain significant results with a global re-training program and since then exercise re-training has come more and more in use and it is today considered to be a staple in respiratory physiotherapy.
Patients with mild to moderate COPD can significantly improve with exercise, and obtain a return to a near to normal condition.
Patients with Severe COPD can improve resistance and wellbeing, without significant increase in their VO.

Respiratory rehabilitation reduces symptoms, increases the ability to work and improves the quality of life in those affected by chronic respiratory disorders.
Chest physiotherapy is also effective where the underlying disease has caused irreversible structural changes. This is because chronic respiratory diseases are often associated to other conditions that contribute to the patient’s level of disability. For example, even though the level of bronchial obstruction in COPD patients is not significantly affected by respiratory physiotherapy, muscle training and a better pace enable the patient able to walk faster and experience less respiratory difficulties (dyspnea).

Our typical treatment program includes:

  • Coaching and advice on self management
  • Techniques for chest clearance and autodrainage
  • Therapeutic exercise – including Aerobic resistance training, large muscle groups reinforcement, etc.
  • Combinations of multiple free body exercises
  • Exercise programs teaching how to increase breathing efficiency, strengthen the diaphragm and practise abdominal breathing
  • Stress Management
  • Dietary support
  • Psychological support
  • Education on the disease

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How often do I need to see my Respiratory Physiotherapist?

Training for 20′-30 ‘for 3-5 times / week is ideal. However, even though such a program can be followed by most COPD patients, those who are affected by severe airway obstruction may not tolerate such workout intensity. Alternatively, an interim working method can be adopted, where you work at 60% -80% of the maximum exercise capacity for 2 or 3 minutes intervals and then take 2 to 3 minutes to rest.
As in healthy subjects also in COPD patients, the positive effect of exercise is maintained for the duration of training. On the other hand, a reduction in the intensity, duration or frequency of the respiratory rehabilitation program significantly reduces the beneficial effects.

Are there any side effects?

1. Sometimes general physical fatigue can appear, however this can be dealt with by simply fine-tuning the intensity of muscular training to according to the patient’s physical strength and resistance.
2. Initial coughing and expectoration may occur in hyper-secretive forms.

Why Respiratory Physiotherapy at Home

Our respiratory physio provide exclusive, one to one treatment directly in your home in London, but they can also provide assistance after dismissal from a clinic or hospital to a care home or other protected environment.
Medelit allows you to access London’s best respiratory physiotherapists, who will treat you directly in your home so you won’t need to worry about transfers and timing, saving you energy which you can fully dedicate to your sessions. We design our chest physiotherapy treatment plans specifically on each patient’s needs and our multidisciplinary and team approach will ensure that you are provided with continuity and completeness of care, which we deliver at the highest standards possible.

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020 36 37 56 57

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