Physiotherapy is a rehabilitation process that promotes independence and uses various techniques to help you manage the symptoms (such as fatigue and breathlessness, respiratory issues, pain, and joint, muscle or mobility difficulties) of your illness by teaching coping strategies.
At the hospice, we offer services such as Qigong, mindfulness and breathing techniques, soft tissue massage, joint mobilisations, passive movements and a specialist exercise bike. If you are referred to the hospice physiotherapist, you will be assessed for an individual programme that includes advice, coping strategies, an individual exercise programme and a trial of a walking aid, if required.
The hospice physiotherapist can also meet with your carers and loved ones to give them information on your programme so they can help you at home.
The Fatigue and Breathlessness (FAB) Management Group
The Fatigue and Breathlessness (FAB) management group aims to equip people with self-help strategies for managing their symptoms. Each group will be attended by up to 12 people; this may include both patients and a family member, friend or carer. The course runs from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon for four (4) consecutive weeks. Blocks are offered depending on referral numbers.
Read more about the Fatigue and Breathlessness (FAB) Management Group here.
Download our booklet on Coping with Breathlessness here.