Physiotherapists are skilled in helping people who are coping with acute or chronic respiratory or cardiovascular conditions by improving the function and capacity of their cardiorespiratory system. Performing an assessment and discussing your goals helps your physiotherapist create a therapeutic plan as individual as your needs. Your program may include training specific breathing and secretion clearance techniques, resistance training, endurance exercises and a specific exercise prescription—all of these can help you feel better and get more out of life.

 Cardiorespiratory refers to the heart (cardio) and the lungs (respiratory), which work together to transport oxygen throughout the body.

Cardiorespiratory fitness, also called aerobic capacity, is the ability of the lungs, heart and circulatory system to supply your body with the oxygen it needs to maintain a physically active lifestyle.

 Cardiorespiratory conditions can restrict your ability to breathe in enough air and deliver enough oxygen to your body when needed— leaving you coughing or wheezing and short of breath. Conditions that limit your cardiorespiratory function can affect your strength, vitality and sense of wellbeing. Responding to these limitations by reducing our physical activity only worsens the situation and reduces your overall fitness level.

 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

 “Flare ups” (exacerbations) of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are serious events that can result in hospitalization and worsen your lung function.  Studies have shown that pulmonary rehabilitation can promote your recovery and decrease your risk of future exacerbations. Exercise training can reduce breathlessness, improve the strength of your arms and legs, and increase your activity tolerance or endurance. Your physiotherapist can work with you to develop a program to improve your control of COPD and increase your health-related quality of life. Better control can help you manage daily tasks and enjoy activities with your friends and family—today and in the future.

Talk to your Physiotherapist

 Physiotherapists are healthcare professionals who help people of all ages and lifestyles gain and maintain their desired level of active living and physical mobility. At Parkway Physiotherapy in Hamilton and Altima Physiotherapy in Milton Physiotherapists, Athletic Therapists and Massage Therapists not only treat injuries, they also teach you how to prevent the onset of pain or injury that can limit your activity. Call us for a free consultation.