If you’ve ever suffered from recurring sinus or breathing issues, you know that they can be a real pain. It can strike at any time, and you can’t always avoid the things that trigger it. Physiotherapy is extremely useful in treating the symptoms of sinusitis and respiratory system problems. If you’re looking for an alternative way to improve your symptoms (and your GP signs off on it), it’s something you should definitely try. Various physiotherapy techniques have been developed to focus on the different symptoms that manifest, each targeting a particular issue. These methods can be used in the early stages to help reduce the risk of inflammation and a worsening of symptoms.
Physiotherapy Treatment For Sinusitis
Sinus massages can be used to relieve sinus headaches, nasal congestion, sinus inflammation pain and the build-up of pressure. It can be used in conjunction with a nebuliser by both adults and children. This will help with localised congestion in the nasal cavity, as well as loosening phlegm in the chest.
For serious congestion issues, ultrasound therapy can be used. This method uses vibrating mechanical energy to relieve pressure and speed up blood flow, thus reducing sinus pain and swelling. A more high-tech approach is laser therapy. It uses light energy to instantly destroy micro-organisms, allergens and infective agents in the sinus cavity to decrease swelling and inflammation.
Physiotherapy Treatment For Chest, Lung & Other Respiratory Problems
Respiratory and chest problems are caused by an accumulation of mucus and phlegm in the chest and lungs, which then causes breathing problems. This could lead to a lung infection and even serious illnesses such as bronchitis. Physiotherapy should be done as early as possible once respiratory problems start. This could help prevent the problem from escalating, and prevent a hospital stay, medical procedures and long-term lung damage.
For early-stage breathing and respiratory problems, vigorous back massages (and manual percussions) can be given to loosen mucus and congestion in the chest. For more advanced situations, postural drainage of the lungs can be done. In the case of babies or young children, suction can also be done to remove phlegm from the chest.
Contact Cairnhill Physiotherapy to find out about how we can help you and your family find relief from any of the above issues. You can also visit our New Zealand branches, including our Grey Lynn, Mt Eden, Hillsborough, Epsom or Newmarket physio clinics.