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Chest Physiotherapy

If you struggle with breathing problems, either due to stress and anxiety, a recent surgery, or chronic illness, a chest physiotherapist could help you.

A chest physiotherapist (also known as a respiratory physiotherapist) helps people that have problems with their lungs and breathing.

Why you might need to see a chest physio

Perhaps you’ve been struggling with breathing issues for a long time, or perhaps you’ve only just been diagnosed with a breathing problem. No matter your situation, if you’ve been diagnosed with, or are experiencing, any of the following, then seeing a chest physio could help:

  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Recurring chest infections or pneumonia
  • Problems with hyperventilating
  • Feeling breathless
  • Abnormal breathing pattern
  • Recent chest trauma (like fractured or bruised ribs)
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Struggling to clear phlegm from your chest
  • Recent heart, lung, or abdominal surgery

What to expect from your first appointment

You’ll come in and have a 1 to 1 session with our specialist physiotherapist. They’ll take a history and ask you lots of questions to understand how your condition affects you and impacts on your daily life, as well as assessing how you breathe and listening to your chest.

Once they have a clear picture of where you’re at, you’ll start treatment! This will involve learning techniques that you can do at home, which with regular practice will help you get on top of your problem.

Your treatment could involve

  • Learning airway clearance techniques or being prescribed specialist equipment
  • An individualised exercise programme aimed at improving your respiratory fitness
  • Advice on using your inhaler correctly (if you use one)
  • Learning tactics to help you manage an episode of difficult breathing
  • Improving the efficiency of your breathing

Much of your treatment will take place at home and should become part of your daily routine. With regular and consistent practice, you should see an improvement and feel much better! We would also recommend booking a series of appointment so your physiotherapist can see how you’re progressing and tweak your treatment plan if needed.

Get in touch

To book an appointment, call 020 7806 4010 or email physiotherapy@hje.org.uk

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Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, our private GP practice and Urgent Care Clinic, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on +44 207 806 4060.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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