RESPIRATORY DISORDERS

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RESPIRATORY DISORDERS

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WHAT IS A RESPIRATORY DISORDER?

Respiratory disorders refer to problems related to breathing which hinders the proper air exchange into the lungs.

WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS RESPIRATORY DISORDERS?

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose 
  • Post nasal drip
  • Sore or scratchy throat
  • Chronic throat clearing
  • Noisy breathing
  • Coughing
  • Laryngitis
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sneezing
  • Painful swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath

WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF RESPIRATORY DISORDERS?

  • Upper respiratory infection (URI) – including sinusitis
  • Asthma
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Lung Cancer
  • Cystic fibrosis

HOW DO THEY DEVELOP?

  • Infections – including viral, bacterial, fungal and rarely parasitic
  • Smoking or inhaling pollutants, including asbestos
  • Genetics

WHAT ARE COMMON RISKS FOR RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS?

  • Poor immune system
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Kidney disease
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Compromised immune system
  • Chronic mucous

WHAT ARE SOME OVERLOOKED RISKS FOR RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS?

  • Poor posture compromises the airway throughout the respiratory system
    • Head forward posture
    • Slouching
    • Leaning to one side of the other
  • Stiffness in the thorax- chest, mid back, and rib cage- reduces the ability to expand the lungs to exchange air efficiently.
  • Changes in other organ systems of the body may disturb the delicate balance of pressure especially affecting the function of the
    • Lungs
    • Diaphragm
  • Any of these changes can compress or shift the position of the
    • Nasal cavity
    • Trachea
    • Bronchial tubes
    • Pleural sac and lungs.
  • When the structures of the respiratory system are unable to expand freely, they are unable to function effectively.

WHY CAN THESE SAME RISKS FOR INFECTION WORSEN THE EFFECT OF RESPIRATORY DISEASES?

  • When air and mucous cannot move through the respiratory system effectively, infection can develop and flourish, affecting the ability to breathe.
  • Breathing allows air exchange, which nourishes the body with oxygen and removes the carbon dioxide toxic waste products.
  • Hindering the function of any respiratory function, especially a diseased one, may compromise the body even more.

HOW CAN BALTIMORE HOLISTIC PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP?

Organs and structures affected by respiratory disorders.

Baltimore Holistic Physical Therapy has provided many patients with relief from all of the symptoms noted above, However, IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE that any persistent or lingering symptom of the respiratory system be assessed by a medical doctor to rule out any dangerous underlying cause.

Dr. Schehr has significant training and experience in providing care to the respiratory system in the areas outlined above.  From the sinuses to the lungs, treatment to improve function of breathing so that oxygen can get into your body and carbon dioxide and other toxins can be removed is the goal.

The following areas are addressed:

  • Posture
  • Ability of the ribcage to expand effectively
  • Reducing the restrictions in in the internal organs and surrounding tissue
  • Retraining the correct inherent movement pattern of the lungs and diaphragm
  • Training in proper breathing techniques

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

A:  Firstly, I don’t believe in doing what didn’t work before. Many physical therapy practices approach a problem by going to the painful region. Oftentimes, this is a very temporary fix. By taking a holistic, hands-on approach, I understand that your pain may be coming from another part of the body, or even have multiple sources, including posture. By individualizing your treatment, I concentrate on healing and re-balancing the body, to manage your pain and lessen the chance of it returning. Then, I teach you how to manage your posture and movement.

A: Treatments for headaches or other pain from a recent problem will generally benefit from 2 treatment sessions for the first 2 weeks, then 1 session per week. Older conditions will benefit from 2 treatment sessions for the first week and then 1 session per week. Wellness sessions to rebalance and optimize the body for healthy aging range from a single session every month to once every six months and will be recommended on an individual basis.

A: An initial evaluation will take 1 hour. (Scar adhesion or sinus treatments only require 45 minutes.) Most follow-up treatments will be done in 30 minute sessions; multiple body areas may require 45 minutes

A: Any heavy exercise or recreational program should be done prior to the physical therapy or wellness session and then not for 24 hours after, in order for the body to adjust itself to the changes in muscle balance.

A: I will teach you techniques to perform on yourself if there is a flare-up and instruct you on proper body mechanics and ergonomics.

A: It is a facial aesthetics program of wrinkle reduction and facial rejuvenation using hands-on physical therapy and osteopathic techniques which may reduce the signs of aging in the face and neck. A FREE HEALTHY AGING CONSULTATION is available. See Refacée®

A: Although many patients have health insurance, Baltimore Holistic Physical Therapy does not participate with health insurances.

A: Appointments may be made in the following ways: Please call 410-665-3223 Email: Dr.Susan@baltimoreholisticpt.com