While you are in hospital, your doctor may request that an Active Rehab Physiotherapist provide treatment for you. Your Physiotherapist will undertake a comprehensive assessment of your cardiorespiratory system, endurance and mobility and will then tailor a treatment program to your unique needs.
Depending on your condition, your physiotherapy treatment may include:
- Deep Breathing Exercise: to encourage increased lung volumes
- Hands-on Techniques and Breathing Facilitation Exercises: to expand your lung capacity
- Percussions and Vibrations: to help you loosen secretions and make coughing easier
- Coughing and Breathing Strategies: to help you cough and manage your shortness of breath
- Breathing and Circulation Exercises: to prevent further respiratory and vascular complications such as chest infection and deep venous thrombosis (DVTs)
- Mobility Assistance: to move safely in bed, sit up, stand and walk
- Mobility Aids: advice, prescription and instruction on how to safely use a walking frame, or other walking aids as required
- Individually Tailored Exercises: to control your breathing pattern, build muscle strength and endurance and improve your general health and wellbeing
Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy also plays a large role in the prevention of common complications. When people are admitted to hospital, or are recovering after an unrelated surgery (such as an orthopaedic or abdominal surgery), your doctor may ask an Active Rehab cardiorespiratory physiotherapist to see you. The treatment provided may include:
- Deep Breathing Exercises: to prevent lung infection and collapse
- Bed, Chair and Standing Exercises: to prevent deep vein thrombosis (clots)
- Ongoing Fitness Program: Tailored exercises to help you maintain your mobility and fitness.