The role of a cardiothoracic physiotherapist is to optimize respiratory function, enhance cardiovascular fitness, and improve overall functional capacity. They work closely with patients who have undergone cardiothoracic surgeries, such as open-heart surgery, lung surgery, or heart-lung transplant, as well as those with respiratory conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, cystic fibrosis, and other cardiorespiratory disorders.
Here are some key aspects of cardiothoracic physiotherapy
1. Respiratory Assessment and Treatment
Cardiothoracic physiotherapists assess and monitor lung function, breathing patterns, and respiratory muscle strength. They provide breathing exercises, techniques, and airway clearance strategies to improve lung ventilation and clearance of secretions. These interventions help individuals with respiratory conditions optimize their lung capacity and reduce respiratory symptoms.
2. Cardiac Rehabilitation
Following cardiac surgeries or cardiac events such as heart attacks, cardiothoracic physiotherapists play a crucial role in cardiac rehabilitation. They design exercise programs tailored to the individual's cardiac condition, gradually increasing intensity and duration to improve cardiovascular fitness, endurance, and overall functional capacity. These programs also focus on risk factor management, education on lifestyle modifications, and psychological support.
3. Thoracic Mobility and Chest Wall Rehabilitation
For individuals recovering from cardiothoracic surgeries or with conditions affecting the thoracic region, cardiothoracic physiotherapy involves techniques to improve thoracic mobility and chest wall expansion. This can include exercises, manual therapy, and postural correction to optimize lung expansion and prevent respiratory complications.
4. Breathing Re-education and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Individuals with respiratory conditions, such as COPD, may benefit from breathing re-education and pulmonary rehabilitation programs offered by cardiothoracic physiotherapists. These programs include exercise training, education on managing breathlessness, energy conservation techniques, and self-management strategies to enhance functional capacity and quality of life.
5. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Management
In critical care settings, cardiothoracic physiotherapists work with patients who require mechanical ventilation or have acute respiratory failure. They employ techniques such as chest physiotherapy, mobilization, positioning, and ventilator management to optimize lung function, prevent complications, and promote early mobilization.
6. Education and Lifestyle Modification
Cardiothoracic physiotherapists provide education on disease management, medication adherence, lifestyle modifications, and strategies to reduce the risk of future cardiac or respiratory events. They empower individuals to take an active role in their own recovery and long-term health.
Cardiothoracic physiotherapy aims to improve respiratory function, cardiovascular fitness, and overall well-being for individuals with cardiothoracic conditions. It is often delivered as part of a multidisciplinary team approach, collaborating with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care.
Enraf-Nonius makes products for cardiothoracic rehabilitation.
Enraf-Nonius offers many products that are needed in cardiothoracic treatments such as medical rehabilitation (training) equipment and treatment couches.
Medical rehabilitation products for cardiothoracic rehabilitation
Enraf-Nonius training equipment is made for rehabilitation.
The active rehabilitation package contains as well strength training as well as cardiorespiratory training devices.
Easy access and very small increments are standard for these devices - a must for rehabilitation.
And when it comes to cardiothoracic rehabilitation, it is imperative to do it safe and controlled.
The Enraf-Nonius cardiothoracic units, the EN-Motion treadmill, the Total Body Bike, the Bike Reha and the Crosswalker are all heart rate controlled units.
And the most beautiful aspect of all Enraf-Nonius training equipment is that they are all controlled with EN-Train.
Your exercise program is written to a chip card and loaded to the exercise unit, so your patient is fully guided, he knows what to do - which units to exercise on and all values (intensity, duration etc.) are set automatically. Also, heart rate can be a training goal in EN-Train. Safe, easy en effective.
Treatment Couches for cardiothoracic rehabilitation
Enraf-Nonius has a complete line of treatment couches, from simple and very affordable tables to professional examination and treatment couches.
For cardiothoracic rehabilitation, the ManuMax Examination stands out. It allows for the most optimal positioning of your patient while being extremely comfortable. Whatever your intervention or evaluation is, the ManuMax can be adjusted in height very easy and the extra long back section realizes a comfortable seated position.
Another interesting tool is the Manumed Tilt, a tilting table couch for the tilt table test or for treatment in orthostatic hypertension.
Enraf-Nonius is perfect for cardiothoracic rehabilitation.
Selected products for Cardiothoracics
|ManuMax Examination||The 2-section table for examination and treatments See www.ManuMax.org||Leaflet Manual Youtube|
|Manumed Optimal 3-section||The most versatile treatment and examination couch||Leaflet Manual Youtube|
|Manumed Tilt||The comfortable and safe couch for neuromotor and cardiovascular treatments||Leaflet Manual Youtube|
|EN-Train||High quality training the easy way!||Leaflet Manual Youtube|
|Bike Reha||The training and rehabilation bike||Leaflet Manual Youtube|
|Total Body Bike||Cardio workout for people with limited mobility||Leaflet Manual Youtube|
|EN-Motion||The ultimate PHYSIO treadmill||Leaflet Manual Youtube|
|Crosswalker||Total workout ergometer||Leaflet Manual Youtube|
|EN-Tree Pulley||A complete series of multi-functional pulley systems||Leaflet Manual Youtube|
|EN-Dynamic||Multi-functional, compact training devices||Leaflet Manual Youtube|
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