Respiratory/ Breathing difficulties
It is normal to get out of breath when you have over-exerted yourself, but when breathlessness comes on suddenly and unexpectedly, it is usually a warning sign of a medical condition. The medical name for it is dyspnoea.
However Long-term breathlessness is usually caused by:
· obesity or being unfit
· Asthma that is not controlled properly
· chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is permanent damage to the lungs usually caused by years of smoking
· anaemia, which is a low level of oxygen in the blood due to a lack of red blood cells or lack of haemoglobin (the part of red blood cells that carries oxygen)
· heart failure, which means your heart is having trouble pumping enough blood around your body, usually because the heart muscle has become too weak or stiff to work properly
· a problem with your heart rate or rhythm, such as atrial fibrillation (an irregular and fast heart rate) or supraventricular tachycardia (regular and fast heart rate).
The team at Leyburn Physiotherapy Practice are able to offer a number of treatments to address some of these issues. This may include assistance with weight loss, smoking cessation, improving fitness or specific breathing exercises to address Asthma or COPD. We are also able to offer direct treatment for Bronchiectasis or chronic secretion management, plus management techniques for breathlessness related to anxiety or panic attacks.