What is asthma?

Asthma is Australia's most widespread chronic long-term and persistent health problem.
It is a disorder affecting the airways of the lungs. People with asthma have very sensitive airways that narrow in response to certain triggers, leading to difficulty in breathing. While there is presently no cure for asthma, correct diagnosis and adequate management of the condition will allow the majority of people with asthma to lead a fall and active lifestyle.

Common Symptoms

  • Difficulty in breathing

  • Wheezing

  • Tiredness

  • Chest tightness

  • Coughing

  • Difficulty speaking


Major trigger factors

Sudden temperature change, colds/infections, pollens, tobacco smoke, mould, house dust mites, emotions/stress, occupational irritants, certain medications, exercise (remember though, regular activity is important part of life).

Don't let asthma stop you from being active. Speak to us about exercise that will work for you.

What can physiotherapy do to help you better manage your asthma.

Innovative Physio will work as part of the multidisciplinary team which includes your GP working closely with The National Asthma Council six step asthma management plans which provides evidence based framework to manage the best quality of life for people with asthma and to reduce mortality and morbidity.

  1. Assess asthma severity

  2. Achieve best lung function

  3. Maintain best lung function by avoiding triggers

  4. Maintain best lung function by optimising pharmacological management

  5. Develop an asthma action plan should the patient experiencing worsening asthma symptoms

  6. Have regular review and ongoing education

Innovative Physio can help you achieve best lung function through teaching you ideal breathing control techniques.
It is critical for anyone suffering from asthma symptoms to have ideal motor control awareness of their diaphragm and intercostal muscles for optimal breathing control.

It is important to have excellent tone and awareness of the abdominal cylinder musculature (The Core) allowing the diaphragm and intercostal muscles to function ideally to achieve best lung function.

Real time ultrasound biofeedback sessions are performed so the client can see the diaphragmatic muscle contracting and relaxing ideally along with the lateral inferior intercostal muscles. An optimal breathing technique is a powerful and essential tool for anyone who is experiencing asthma like symptoms.
Optimal breathing techniques will benefit the successful continuation with sport and exercise which is an important part of life. We can advise you regards the best exercise that will work for you.


Innovative Physio aim for asthma clients is they move well and breath well.


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