What is Respiratory Physical Therapy?
Respiratory physical therapy is physical therapy for all things lungs and heart. Breathing is the first and last thing we do, and is the most vital component of our overall health.
What are Respiratory Physical Therapists?
Respiratory physical therapists are licensed practitioners who work closely with doctors to treat a variety of cardio-respiratory conditions.
What do Respiratory Physical Therapists do?
Patients work with a respiratory physical therapist in the hospital after major surgery, during a stay in intensive care (ICU), or while treating a severe chest infection. Outpatient respiratory therapy often occurs for conditions such as repeated chest infections, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary (lung) disease (COPD) to help improve quality of life.
Respiratory physical therapists in outpatient settings offer services including lung rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, and treatments to overcome chronic cough, and excess mucus trapped within the lungs.
Respiratory physical therapists can play an important role in helping people overcome breathing challenges associated with and connected to anxiety and panic, and those who experience breathing pattern disorders such as hyperventilation. It also plays a key role in helping athletes enhance their performance through strengthening the breathing muscles.
Improve your respiratory muscle strength
Good breathing habits
In our first video, Jodi Wolmer, RPT, shares with us good breathing habits. Breathing improperly can affect how you feel throughout your body. Correcting the way you breathe can make a huge difference on your overall health.
Breathing through your nose
In our second video, Jodi details the importance of breathing properly through your nose.
6 top tips for lung health
In this video, Jodi shares 6 top tips for improving lung health.
More breathing through the nose
In our fourth video, Jodi elaborates on breathing through your nose. She incorporates different exercises you can try at home.
Psychophysiological aspects of breathing
Jodi discusses the relationship between the mental and physical processes of breathing.
Breathing self assessment
In our last video, Jodi walks you through a breathing self assessment you can complete at home.
Jodi Wolmer graduated as a physical therapist from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Since, she has worked for more than 15 years in respiratory care, including running advanced respiratory training programs. She has been guest lecturing for the South African Thoracic Society’s annual congress since 2013. Jodi has assisted in the development of respiratory physical therapy guidelines and the role of rehabilitation in lung cancer for South Africa.
Jodi currently runs a respiratory clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa, working with chronic respiratory disease with a special interest in asthma and breathing pattern disorders. She also runs pulmonary rehabilitation programs.
Join us for a Breathing for Healthy Lungs Q&A with Jodi Wolmer
ROMBOT, featuring Jodi Wolmer, is hosting a Breathing for Healthy Lungs Q&A on August 10th, 11:00 AM PDT.
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