‘Chest’ Physio is effective in clearing trapped mucus or phlegm from the lungs. It is particularly effective for children who have lung disease such as Bronchiectasis or Cystic fibrosis or children who have neurological conditions that affects their ability to clear the phlegm on their own e.g. cerebral palsy. Children who frequently get chest infections that require antibiotics or have a persistent cough can also benefit from performing ‘chest’ physio to prevent scaring in their lungs.
Louise can teach you to identify the signs of when ‘chest’ physio should be started and how to correctly and safely perform the techniques. She is also experienced in identifying dysfunctional breathing patterns which can impact on your child’s energy levels, posture and physical ability.
Does my child have a dysfunctional breathing pattern?
Does the top part of their chest and their shoulders move the most when breathing?If yes, then they may be using their postural muscles to help them breathe. This breathing pattern will shorten the muscles in their shoulders and neck and affect their ability to take a bigger breath, cause rounding of their shoulders and make lifting their arms above their head harder.