What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic condition in which the mucus linings of the body failure operative effectively. This results in a build up of excess thick, sticky mucus in the lungs and digestive tract. Physiotherapy has been a cornerstone of management in Cystic Fibrosis for decades, however is there more we can do?
How do I know if I have Cystic Fibrosis?
- Cystic Fibrosis is otherwise known as salty baby syndrome or 65 Roses (ask us about this story if you are unfamiliar with it)
- Cystic Fibrosis is diagnosed via a heal prick test at birth
- Testing for parental carrier genes has played a large role in understanding the risks of a child being born with cystic fibrosis
- Common signs and symptoms include
- coughing up phlegm every day
- having frequent chest infections that require antibiotics
- admission to hospital for severe chest infections
How can Functional Lungs help my Cystic Fibrosis?
- Explore a range of airway clearance (chest physiotherapy) techniques to find which works most efficiently and effectively for you
- Discuss prevention of disease related issues such as poor posture, pelvic floor dysfunction, chronic thoracic and shoulder pain
- Provide reconditioning exercises in the form of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Provide breathing training to reduce breathlessness and increase the strength of your lungs
- Teach proper coughing technique which reduces the chance of chronic pain and pelvic floor damage
- Provide education on diet management, using oxygen, swallowing and talking, correct use of medications, and much more...