Respiratory Physiotherapy

What is respiratory physiotherapy?

We are frequently noticing how physical exercise becomes gradually difficult. Although we don’t push ourselves much, we are still short of breath. We become agitated, we leave our past activities aside, and to make matters worse, we simply blame it either on age or on our poor physical condition at present. 

Thanks to respiratory physiotherapy for adults, you can considerably improve your health and your life quality.

Clearly knowing your symptoms will help you identify your position and confirm your desire to start respiratory physiotherapy.

To bring us closer to your condition…

In which group do you recognise yourself?

Clearly knowing your symptoms will help you identify your position and confirm your desire to start respiratory physiotherapy.

Group 1

I’m noticing that my body is showing minor signals.

Group 2

My condition indicate that I could have an illness.

Group 3

I have been diagnosed of respiratory illness.

Group 1


We are facing a moment when awareness and prevention are key to our health.

The body is showing small signals that are starting to become visible. It would be useful to see if any of these signals should be monitored with particular attention. 

Most people tend to fall into that category. For instance, those who inform about their shortness of breath whenever they are moving or doing sports. 

In other cases, they find it difficult and tiring to walk while talking on the phone. 

Again, people who have shortness of breath without being nervous or agitated fall into this group.

After waking up, some of them can also perceive beside their reccurent cough, a little voice telling them they should stop smoking.

As I said, in this group lies the majority of people. They are receiving signals sent by their body, and it is within our control to supervise the importance that these little symptoms affect us throughout the day.

Group 2


People who are reflecting on what just happened to them belong to this group.

Those who have reccuring thoughts in their heads ; the constant dread about their illness reapearing.

Those are the people who had an infection of some virus or bacteria, and they have trouble to recover. They feel that they didn’t totally heal, and if they ever sufer from another infection or flu within a few months, they already know it won’t quickly fade away. Moreover, they realize the decrease in their physical and emotional state, after every attack. 

In this group, we can also add the cases where an illness is shown after check-up is made at work. 

Similarly, people who are going for a surgery intervention have to show proof of a specific disease. 

Group 3


The third and final group represents people being diagnosed with a respiratory illness. 

In this group, the word “chronic” is often used, and they believe there’s not much left to do, even though it’s the total opposite. Along with the doctor’s treatment, respiratory physiotherapy can stabilize and stop the disease from getting worse. A better quality of life is then possible.

The importance of respiratory physiotherapy

By positioning yourself into one or two of these groups, I think it will bring you a vision of the symptoms’ progession.

Even if you don’t notice the urgency to treat them, it is good if you start to consider them, and to analyse them according to your condition. 

You will be surprised to discover a methdology, some practical techniques, and other exercises that are easy to apply. 

In all honesty, I’m not trying to convince you of anything. Only a few things provide me with the relief of knowing how to help with the methodology that we use.

I think there is no need to go into detail about how essential breathing is ; we can’t live without it. 

Respiratory pathologies

We do treatments for the following pathologies:


With 235 millions of poeple affected in the world, asthma is one of the most frequent chronic diseases. It is characterized by a chronic inflammation in the respiratory area.

Symptoms of asthma:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Coughing at night or early in the morning


Atelectasis is a lung damage, caused by an obstruction of the airways. The air sacs of the lungs are deflated or filled with liquid.

Symptoms of Atelectasis:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Shallow and agitated breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Coughts


Bronchiectasis affects the bronchi by its abnormal and irreversible dilatation. The patient has difficulty to pass the air from the trachea to the bronchial tree.

Symptoms of bronchiectasis :

  • Continued and chronic coughing
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Breathing difficulty
  • General discomfort and paleness


Bronchiolitis is an accumulation of mucus in the bronchioles, which are the smallest airways of the lungs. It generally affects children under the age of 2, and tends to be the cause of a viral infection.

Symptoms of bronchiolitis :

  • Wheezing
  • Fast and shallow breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Eating difficulty
  • If the skin is bluish, it indicates a critical emergency


Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lower airways. It can be acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis is produced by a respiratory infection (like a cold) and it is very frequent. Chronic bronchitis is a more serious issue, and is generally caused by tobacco.

Symptoms of bronchitis :

  • Coughing with mucus that can be sometimes bloody
  • Wheezing, a sensation of pressure in the chest
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Fatigue and general discomfort

Upper respiratory colds

Upper respiratory colds are viral infections in the upper airways (nose, throat). They are very frequent during the first years of life.

Symptoms of upper respiratory colds:

  • Fiebre Fever
  • Sneezing
  • Coughs
  • Nasal secretion

Cardiac and chest surgery

In cardiac and chest surgery, we practice pre and post-operative respiratory physiotherapy, in order to prevent complications and improve recovery.

Neurological diseases

Neurological diseases have loss of muscular strength as an attribute. These diseases also affect breathing capacity. That’s why it is important to practice breathing exercises, in order to expand the rib cage.

Symptoms of neurological diseases:

  • Burning sensations
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness or muscular paralysis
  • Sensibility


COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder) brings difficulty to breathe, and its main cause is tobacco use. There are 2 main kinds of COPD: chronic bronchitis (the patient has a prolonged coughing with mucus) and emphysema (the lungs are damaged over time. 

Symptoms of COPD:

  • Coughs
  • Fatigue
  • Breathing difficulty that worsens with minor activities
  • Wheezing


Pneumonia is the inflammation of alveolar areas of the lungs. It can be caused by germs such as bacteria, viruses or fungus.

Symptoms of pneumonia:

  • High fever
  • Shivers
  • Coughing with worsening phlegms
  • Shortness of breath in daily activities
  • Chest pain when breathing or coughing
  • Discomfort after a cold or a flu


Otitis is one of the most common pathologies in childhood. The main cause is the enlargement of the adenoids, that block the conduit from the ear to the nose.

Symptoms of Otitis:

  • Ear pain and irritability
  • Hearing loss (it can sometimes be the only symptom)

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia

Premature babies have the risk of developing bronchopulmonary dysplasia, because they were born with immature lungs. In this disease, inflammation is produced and scars are formed in the lungs.

Symptoms of bronchopulmonary dysplasia:

  • Faster breathing than usual
  • Overexertion in breathing
  • Coughs, wheezing
  • Tiredness, somnolence
  • Eating difficulty

My wish is that you become filled with an intense desire to live, ready to take on your journey.




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