Physiotherapy is a key element in the management of cystic fibrosis and is made up of a number of different treatments:
- teaching, assessment and modification of airway clearance techniques
- initiation or monitoring of non-invasive ventilation
- musculoskeletal assessment and postural advice
- continence advice, education and treatment
- exercise prescription and advice to achieve individual goals and improve fitness
- exercise testing
- provision, replacement and instruction on nebuliser therapy
- oxygen therapy
- relaxation and provision of equipment
Following assessment, our aim is to provide you with an individual treatment programme. This will help you to keep your lungs clear of secretions thereby lessening the risk of infection and subsequent lung damage.
Sian qualified from Cardiff University in 1991 and spent 3 years working with the cystic fibrosis service at Birmingham Children's Hospital. She specialised in respiratory care in 1995 and went on to work in child cystic fibrosis in 1997. She joined the Southampton adult cystic fibrosis team in 2004 as a clinical specialist physiotherapist.
Katie qualified from University of Southampton in 2008 and joined UHS in the same year, working through the different areas of the hospital. Katie specialised in cystic fibrosis in 2010.
Emma qualified from University of Southampton in 2005 and has worked in the adult cystic fibrosis service since 2007.
Rakhee qualified from Manchester University in 2004 and specialised in respiratory care in 2008. After working with the adult cystic fibrosis service in 2009 she rotated through other respiratory areas within Southampton General Hospital. In 2015 she joined the Southampton adult cystic fibrosis team.
Laura joined in September 2016 and previously spent part of her rotation in the department. She qualified from Birmingham University in 2011.
Helen is a physiotherapy technician who helps with exercise tests, exercise programs, equipment and nebuliser issues and oxygen testing.
Kathryn qualified from Nottingham University in 2006 and specialised in respiratory care in 2008. She worked in cystic fibrosis for 11 months before rotating through a variety of specialist respiratory areas. Kathryn re-joined the adult cystic fibrosis team in 2017.