Cardio-Respiratory Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy at London Bridge Hospital has a team of highly specialised Physiotherapists in the Cardiorespiratory speciality that offer outpatient as well as inpatient assessment and treatment.

Evidence based practise emphasises treatment involving breathing retraining, positioning, exercise and occasionally the use of specialist equipment works effectively.

Conditions that can be treated include:

  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cardiac conditions post medical intervention
  • COPD
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Hyperventilation Syndrome / Disproportionate breathing
  • Recurrent chest infections

We accept referrals from Consultants and GP’s and work closely with the Respiratory Physicians and Cardiologists here at London Bridge.

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The treatments we offer include:

  • Airway Clearance techniques, including Autogenic Drainage
  • Assessment for specialist equipment which work as adjuncts to these treatments
  • Breathing retraining
  • Education
  • Exercise prescription for patients with respiratory or cardiac conditions
  • Relaxation techniques

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Case Study - Hyperventilation Syndrome / Disordered Breathing

Hyperventilation Syndrome, also known as disordered or disproportionate breathing is an often undetected and untreated condition. It is thought that a high percentage of asthma sufferers develop disordered breathing and treatment may help improve their management.

Mr X had been suffering from shortness of breath, air hunger and associated symptoms such as periods of dizziness, tingling fingers and light headedness for a year. After seeing a Cardiologist and a Respiratory Physician who ruled out any heart or lung problems, he was referred for Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy.

Following assessment, Mr X underwent a program of physiotherapy including breathing retraining, pacing, education and exercise. By the end of this course of physiotherapy Mr X’s symptoms had greatly reduced and his breathing pattern had returned to normal to the extent that there was no impact on his everyday life. He also had strategies to self manage in case the problem returned.

World Class Cardic Service at London Bridge Hospital