Respiratory disorders are varied; they can be caused by problems with the lungs, but can also be induced by posture disorders, muscular deficits and/or neurological deficits. Respiratory rehabilitation includes all measures aimed at restoring optimal functioning of the respiratory organs.
When the respiratory system is affected, patients may experience the following symptoms in particular:
Our rehabilitation programmes last from three to six weeks, depending on the therapeutic objectives and the patient's clinical condition, and aim to restore respiratory, motor and cognitive skills.
The therapeutic objectives are defined by a multidisciplinary team made up of specialist doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, neuropsychologists and nurses. They may be :
Physiotherapy plays an important role in pulmonary rehabilitation. Special breathing techniques are used to train patients how to increase their breathing volume. Special techniques are also used to stimulate coughing so that secretions can be expelled.
In the event of cardiorespiratory problems, when the organs and muscles are not supplied with enough oxygen, various mobilisation and strengthening exercises are carried out in order to regain the necessary stamina.
On the basis of a medical prescription, the physiotherapist's assessment and the patient's auscultation, the physiotherapist will be able to offer :
While most patients do not suffer any sequelae following infection with Covid-19, some patients with a medical history or age-related fragility of the respiratory tract require a specific therapeutic programme to boost the capacity of the organs concerned. Other sequelae may also occur, such as musculoskeletal disorders, slipped joint syndrome, brain damage, peripheral polyneuropathy (peripheral nerve damage) or fatigue.
In addition to respiratory physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and neuropsychology sessions may be necessary.
Occupational therapy aims to help the patient gradually regain independence in activities of daily living.
Goals of occupational therapy:
After a long stay in hospital, some patients suffer from cognitive disorders, such as memory, concentration and speech difficulties.
Our neuropsychological examinations and individual care are part of the therapy to restore the impaired cognitive functions as far as possible.
This enables the patient to resume activities of daily living after returning home.
If intubation was performed due to Covid-19, secondary symptoms such as swallowing and voice disorders may occur. In this case, speech therapy is carried out. The aim is to restore the patient's swallowing reflex and normal voice.