Asthma is a common respiratory disorder. In it airways become narrow and there is excess mucus production.
Breathing becomes difficult and occasionally coughing and wheezing is also associated with it.
The problems faced by asthmatics range a huge spectrum. From just a small disturbance to fatal encounters the possibilities are wide.
Many factors are found that trigger Asthma. Most common ones are:
*Dust, pet residuals, mites or other Airborne Particles
*Stress or Emotional outbursts
*Smoke or other inhaled irritants
*Acid reflux disorder like GERD
How Physiotherapists can help Asthmatic patients?
Expert Physiotherapists are well trained and updated with the latest techniques to support asthmatic patients in all phases of their condition ,be it planning a pulmonary rehabilitation for overall well-being or treating in ICU during exacerbations.
The main goals of physiotherapy in Asthma are as follows:
~To relieve bronchospasm – This is achieved using properly planned chest Physiotherapy.
~To facilitate the removal of secretion– Specialized manual and mechanical methods are used to flush out the secretions and help patients feel better.
~To improve breathing control and dyspnea during attacks– This is done with a thorough assessment and individualized advice given as per deviations found.
~To teach local relaxation– Various relaxation methods are utilized to help patients during exacerbation and also while performing everyday activities
~To improve posture – Research shows that postural correction helps asthmatics not only in the long term but also has higher efficiency in terms of energy consumption.
~To curb fear and anxiety– An asthmatic episode can have a negative impact on the patient so proper information about the condition and measures to take for prevention and proper treatment is a must to control condition induced anxiety.
~To improve exercise tolerance and ensure a long term commitment to exercises– Physical deconditioning can cause severe ailments in asthmatics hence a properly planned exercise plan is a must for all types of asthmatics.
~To give advice about self- management– A complete understanding of patient’s individual condition is absolutely essential so in case of any unsaid event, immediate care can be started by patients themselves.
In case of any query, it is best to take the opinions of experts who have treated cases from all stages and have a proper understanding of the course of the disease. Managing Asthma is easy when professional help is taken. Remember teamwork always has better results than struggling alone!