Respiratory Rehabilitation

‘Pulmonary rehabilitation’ (PR) is an exercise and education programme designed for people with lung disease who experience symptoms of breathlessness (NHS England).

Research shows it significantly improves the quality of life, exercise capacity, and reduces levels of breathlessness in those with chronic lung diseases such as COPD. It is usually delivered in a group setting over 6-8 weeks, with exercise training and education components.

At Air Physiotherapy, we offer a bespoke 1:1 model of PR, called Respiratory Rehabilitation.

What we offer

Bespoke respiratory rehabilitation with a specialist respiratory physiotherapist:

  • thorough initial assessment including:
    • full respiratory assessment, baseline and ambulatory oxygen assessment, airway clearance assessment and a physical assessment.
  • bespoke treatment programme consisting of:
    • 1-2x weekly cardiovascular and strength-based exercises which are tailored to your physical abilities,
    • a bespoke airway clearance regime including infection plan,
    • breathing exercises and lifestyle advice to promote you to breathe effectively and efficiently,
    • strategies to manage breathlessness,
    • education regarding the anatomy of your condition, how lifestyle can impact your condition, and the role respiratory physiotherapy plays in your long-term health.
  • ongoing liaison with any relevant medical professionals as required.
  • life-long access to your respiratory rehabilitation treatment plan including library of exercises and advice.

Who can benefit?

Typically, pulmonary rehabilitation is for patients with long term lung conditions such as COPD, bronchiectasis, asthma or IPF.

At Air Physiotherapy, we find respiratory rehabilitation suits those who have a long-term respiratory condition and are looking to improve their quality of life.

Conditions we frequently help include:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Asthma
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF)

If you would like to know more, please get in touch

What Our Patients Say

“I was referred for long COVID and Air Physio have been extremely helpful. I would highly recommend.”
Long COVID patient
“My physio was extremely helpful when I was experiencing breathing issues related to anxiety. She listened to my concerns very patiently and taught me exercises to control my breathing. I would very much recommend Air Physio’s approach to anyone experiencing similar issues.”
Breathing Pattern Re-education patient

“I have been having physio sessions with Air Physiotherapy for many months now and it is safe to say they have been nothing short of a revelation. The staff are not only super friendly and accommodating but extremely knowledgeable.”

Airway Clearance and Home visit patient

“I can’t thank Air Physio enough for helping me to finally sort out my breathing problems after a five month struggle with COVID-19. I was beginning to think that I would never be able to breathe normally again. I have gone from not being able to take a complete breath to running and hiking again.”


Long-COVID patient
“I would recommend going to see Air Physiotherapy if you are suffering from any kind of breathing pattern disorder, as the physios are excellent at what they do. I’ve seen many different doctors and none of them have been able to help me at all until I found Air Physiotherapy. Thank you!”

Breathing Pattern Re-education patient
“I recommend Air Physio to anyone with breathing issues, my physio was incredible! She not only told me the technique of how to manage my breathing issue and to get it better, she helped me truly understand how breathing works. On top of that she made me feel very comfortable and she is really down to earth.”

Breathing Pattern Re-education patient

If you would like to know more about how Air Physiotherapy can help you, please get in touch.