Acute problems like acute chest infections and trauma. Chronic cardiac and respiratory conditions like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Cystic fibrosis (CF) and Post- Myocardial Infarction (MI).
Physiotherapists are pioneering new management techniques for non-organic respiratory problems like hyperventilation and other stress-related disorders as well as leading the development of cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation and non-invasive ventilation. Cardiopulmonary physiotherapists use physical modalities to treat people. This may involve using manual techniques to clear infected mucus from a person's chest, or using non-invasive ventilation to help a person breathe, or prescribing exercises to improve a patient's functional exercise capacity.