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Respiratory Physiotherapy


What is Respiratory Physiotherapy (RPT)? It is a field of Physiotherapy that, based on a thorough evaluation, uses non-invasive strategies, means and assessment techniques to optimise oxygen transport, helping prevent, reverse or minimise respiratory disorders, thereby promoting maximum function and quality of life for the patient.

What are the objectives?

  • Increases effectiveness of ventilation;

  • Ensures airway clearance, preventing the accumulation of secretions;

  • Improves effectiveness of coughing;

  • Improves resistance and tolerance to fatigue during physical exercise and daily tasks;

  • Prevents and corrects possible postural deformities associated with respiratory disorders.

Who is it for?

RPT can be carried out at all ages, although it is most used on babies and children because, due to characteristics of their respiratory tracts, they are more exposed to respiratory infections.

In children, RPT is applied principally in the following pathologies:

  • Bronchiolitis;

  • Pneumonia;

  • Pneumopathy;

  • Respiratory infections;

  • Allergic rhinitis;

  • Bronchial asthma.

In adults, RPT is highly effective in:

  • Asthmatics;

  • Smokers or former smokers;

  • Chronic bronchitis;

  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease);

  • Emphysema;

  • Cystic or pulmonary fibrosis;

  • Bronchiectasis;

  • Pneumonia;

  • Respiratory failure;

  • Preoperative situations for any type of surgery;

  • Heart patients.

The patient should eat two hours before the session. If they are on any type of medication for their respiratory disease, they should bring the medication with them.

Joaquim Chaves Saúde provides this specialty at the MirafloresClinic’s Sports Medicine Unit http://

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