Conditions – Respiratory and Lung Disease

If you are experiencing breathing issues due to asthma, COPD, restrictive lung disease, cystic fibrosis, or any other respiratory illness, it can significantly affect your quality of life. However, exercise therapy is one of the most effective ways to manage, prevent, and improve lung disease and respiratory illness symptoms. If you are struggling to do the things you love, our physiotherapy services can help you breathe easier and enhance your overall well-being.

physiotherapist supervising a bike riding session

At our clinics in Thirroul and Woonona, Purpose Physiotherapy has a team of experienced physiotherapists and exercise physiologists that are experienced in helping manage respiratory issues. Our approach to helping you overcome your respiratory problems is as follows:

  1. Comprehensive assessment to determine both the diagnosis and the root causes (we may use imaging/scans where necessary).
  2. Tests and measurements to ensure we monitor progress and improvements.
  3. Holistic view of your entire body, including posture, alignment, mobility, strength, sleep, stress, nutrition and your nervous system.
  4. Treatment plan that relieves pain and targets the root causes, including massage, joint manipulation, dry-needling, exercise programs (core strength, Pilates and movement retraining) and education. This plan will specifically target your individual goals.
  5. Ongoing prevention options through clinical Pilates and small-group exercise.

By taking this approach, our team will get you not only moving with Purpose, but living with Purpose as well. 

Respiratory FAQ's

  • Physiotherapy can be an effective way to improve breathing difficulties caused by a range of conditions, including asthma, COPD, restrictive lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and more. Our experienced physiotherapists can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include exercises, airway clearance techniques, breathing retraining, and more, all designed to help you breathe easier and manage your respiratory condition.
  • Yes! Physiotherapy can be an effective tool in preventing respiratory illnesses by improving lung function, increasing respiratory muscle strength, and providing education on proper breathing techniques. In addition, physiotherapy can help address risk factors such as poor posture, smoking, and environmental factors that can contribute to respiratory problems.
  • The specific exercises prescribed in physiotherapy will depend on your individual needs and condition. Some common exercises may include breathing exercises to improve lung function, airway clearance techniques to remove mucus and other obstructions from the airways, and strengthening exercises to improve respiratory muscle function. Your physiotherapist will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals.