Cardiopulmonary physiotherapist’s occupation
with patients in a diversity of settings. They treat acute problems
like asthma, acute chest infections and trauma; they are involved
in the training and recovery of patients from main surgery; they
also treat a wide range of chronic cardiac and respiratory circumstances
like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis
(CF) and post-myocardial infarction (MI).
They work with all ages from premature children
to older adults at the end of their life. Physiotherapists are
pioneering new organization techniques for non-organic respiratory
problems like hyperventilation and other stress-related disorders
as well as leading the development of cardio-pulmonary treatment
and non-invasive ventilation.
Cardiopulmonary physiotherapists use bodily modalities
to treat people. This may involve using manual techniques to clear
infected mucus from a person's chest, or using non-invasive airing
to help a person breathe, or prescribing exercises to improve
a patient's functional exercise capacity.