Cardiothoracic physiotherapy is used to help patients with conditions of the heart, lungs, oesophagus and other organs in the chest, to manage or resolve their conditions.
Cardiothoracic physiotherapy services at Cromwell Hospital
Asthma awareness & education programme
This programme helps you to develop skills such as knowing how to breathe properly and efficiently. Learning these skills can reduce stress levels and enhance drug therapies. Our therapists are trained in Buteyko breathing techniques, which are now well established in the UK and are recommended in the British Thoracic Society’s British Guideline on the Management of Asthma.
Assessment and breathing retraining programme for hyperventilation syndrome / dysfunction
The aim of this programme is to reduce your symptoms and give you the knowledge and techniques you need to manage your illness more effectively.
Bronchiectasis treatment and education
This programme educates you about the condition, and shows you how you can better manage it on an ongoing basis.
Physiotherapy for patients with pneumonia and chest infections
Our physiotherapists can help you if you have difficulty clearing your sputum, if you are struggling with shortness of breath or if you need advice on how to get back into your normal routine.
Pulmonary rehabilitation programme
This programme is designed to help you if you suffer from lung disease and need help to reduce disability, improve quality of life, manage your breathlessness and become more independent. It includes physical training, disease education and advice on nutrition. Sessions take place in the therapy gym, where there is a wide range of equipment including a treadmill, exercise bikes and a stepping machine. Exercises are tailored to your own ability and preferences.
Cardiac rehabilitation programme
We provide a cardiac rehabilitation programme from phase 1-3 in our therapy gym. Programmes are tailored to your own needs. We also advise you on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make positive health choices.
Treatment of children under 16
Our paediatric physiotherapists provide assessment and treatment for children up to 16 years of age with the following conditions:
Chronic lung disease associated with prematurity
Our physiotherapists teach you how to treat your child at home, in order to clear secretions more effectively and about ventilation/perfusion matching. Your child will be reviewed regularly to make sure that their treatment at home is appropriate for their stage of development and their progress.
Acute chest infection, Pneumonia and Cystic Fibrosis
Our physiotherapists use play and child-friendly activities to help your child clear their airways. They demonstrate breathing exercises using a variety of child-friendly equipment and techniques
Babies with bronchiolitis are seen both on the ward and as outpatients. Our physiotherapists will advise you on how to keep your baby comfortable, and make it easier for them to breathe by positioning and handling them differently. They will also advise you on keeping your baby hydrated, and on how to recognise any deterioration in their symptoms. This reduces the need for hospital admission.
Respiratory Complications associated with neurological impairment
Your child’s rehabilitation can be aided using chest physiotherapy. This is always carefully tailored to meet your individual child’s needs.