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Physical Therapy For Managing Asthma

Asthma symptoms are characterized by a sudden tightening or constriction of the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract causing coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, and shortness of breath that can progress to life-threatening respiratory collapse if left untreated.

Physical therapy has long been known to support, stabilize, and strengthen the respiratory system, and several randomized controlled trials suggest that chest physical therapy helps you recover from severe asthma attacks.

Regular physical therapy helps improve breathing and respiratory efforts, reducing the need for steroids and inhalers. You can also get more details on physical therapy treatments through

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Specialized physiotherapy techniques such as open glottis expiration in lateral position, oscillating positive expiratory pressure, and postural drainage are equally effective in improving oxygen saturation and clearance of lung secretions to improve therapy outcome in chronic unstable asthmatics, as suggested by the study conducted by Andrea Bellone and published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Physical therapy exercises help to improve the frequency and depth of breathing and the stability and strength of the intrinsic muscles of respiration such as the diaphragm; however, if you have other respiratory conditions in addition to asthma, physical therapy exercises are not indicated (unless suggested by your healthcare provider).

Other contraindications to physical therapy exercises in chronic asthmatics include major comorbid medical conditions that may be worsened by exercise or if you are on systemic corticosteroids.

In chronic asthmatics who respond poorly to medications or physical therapy, other alternative therapies such as chiropractic care should be considered. Chiropractic therapy can be used as an adjunct to medical therapy for maximum relief.