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...