The ability to take a deep breath is something most of us take for granted. Respiratory illnesses, which can range from a minor respiratory infection to more serious respiratory conditions, like COPD, diminish respiratory function and can have an impact on a person’s quality of life. Respiratory care is a treatment option that helps to alleviate symptoms and work towards restoring healthy breathing function.
Why Respiratory Therapy?
If respiratory care has been prescribed for you or a loved one, it’s because your doctor feels these complementary therapies will help you achieve the best outcome. A respiratory therapist will work with you to develop a care plan that might include minor diagnostic tests, such as X-rays and blood work. Respiratory therapy might include supplemental oxygen, bronchodilators, and steroids or other anti-inflammatories.
As a conscientious patient, you want to know if these treatments are worth it. For those with both chronic and acute respiratory conditions, respiratory therapy offers one of the most effective treatment options for improving breathing function and regaining quality of life. Here are five benefits that prove how valuable respiratory therapy is.
Respiratory therapy can shorten the recovery time from acute conditions, such as a respiratory infection, allergy related breathing issues, and influenza. Respiratory therapy can work along with other treatments to expedite the healing process and get patients back to their normal activities.
Improved Immune Function
The way respiratory therapy speeds healing time also has other benefits, mainly improved immune function. When respiratory function is compromised, it can make you more susceptible to infections. Also, respiratory conditions can turn serious very quickly, and improving overall immune function can help keep you moving in the right direction toward healing.
Medications, such as steroids and anti-inflammatories are a valuable component of respiratory care. That said, medications alone often aren’t the most effective treatment on their own. Breathing treatments and supplemental oxygen can provide comfort as they work in conjunction with pharmaceuticals to bring relief.
Having the same respiratory condition as someone else doesn’t mean your treatment plans should be the same as well. The most effective treatment is one that incorporates an individualized care plan, which is the primary focus of respiratory care.
Return to Daily Activities
Respiratory conditions can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Going outside, or even doing simple chores around the house, can become difficult when respiratory distress is present. This interference with daily activities can lead to depression and anxiety. Respiratory therapy provides the relief you need to begin regaining some of your daily functions.
Your Respiratory Care Team
There are many benefits to respiratory care, and it all starts with choosing a facility that will provide you with the most skilled, qualified, and compassionate staff who help you make steps toward easier breathing. We’re here to work with you or your loved one to develop an individualized care plan and provide you with the comfort and relief you need. Contact Princeton Health Care Center to schedule a facility tour today.