Take a look at our information on physiotherapy, produced with the help of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cystic Fibrosis (ACPCF).
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust have worked with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cystic Fibrosis (ACPCF) to produce information resources on physiotherapy, to complement the advice and teachings physiotherapists give to people with cystic fibrosis (CF). The information in these leaflets is based on clinical best practice and consensus of opinion by physiotherapists within the ACPCF.
The resources are available to download here and can also be ordered in hard copy from our Helpline.
If you are interested in the techniques described in these resources, we recommend you discuss them with your physiotherapist so that together you can work out the best approach for you.
The Acapella® Choice
The Acapella® Choice is a handheld device, which supports airway clearance for children and adults. This leaflet explains how to carry out your Acapella® treatment.
Active Cycles of Breathing Technique
Active Cycle of Breathing Techniques, or ACBT, is an airway clearance technique. It uses a number of different breathing techniques that, when combined, help to clear sputum from the lungs. This leaflet explains how ACBT works.
Airway clearance for babies and young children
In this leaflet you will find information about the lungs and how cystic fibrosis (CF) affects them. It covers the importance of exercise and airway clearance in babies and young children.
Airway clearance plan
This airway clearance plan is to be filled in with your CF physiotherapist to plan your airway clearance.
Airway clearance techniques
Looking after the chest and keeping the lungs clear is extremely important in cystic fibrosis. This factsheet explains why it is important to keep the lungs clear and the various airway clearance techniques available for people with cystic fibrosis.
Autogenic drainage (AD) is a technique that utilises changes in your breathing and does not require equipment. This leaflet explains how it works, how to do it and includes an airway clearance plan template.
Bubble PEP is a fun way for children to clear sputum from their lungs. PEP stands for Positive Expiratory Pressure. This leaflet explains how Bubble PEP works.
How to improve your posture
This guide explains the common postural problems that people with cystic fibrosis (CF) can have and shows you how you can improve your posture through simple, effective exercises.
How to use a PEP mask
A PEP mask is a hand-held device which supports airway clearance for children and adults. This leaflet explains how a PEP mask works and how to use one.
Please note: The video link in this leaflet is no longer available and we have no suitable alternative. We apologise for the inconvenience.
This factsheet contains information about inhaled treatments for people with CF and covers different types of nebulisers and inhalers, types of medication that can be inhaled, and how to look after your nebuliser.
The PARI PEP™ is a hand held device which supports airway clearance for children and adults. This leaflet explains how PARI PEP™ works and how to use one.
Pelvic floor exercises (female)
This is a guide for strengthening the pelvic floor. It explains what the pelvic floor is, what causes pelvic floor weakness in people with CF and exercises you can do to improve your pelvic floor.
Urinary incontinence may be experienced by women and, to a lesser degree, men with cystic fibrosis. This factsheet explains why urinary incontinence may occur in people with CF, and what help is available.
Please take a look at our consensus document, Standards of Care and Good Clinical Practice for the Physiotherapy Management of Cystic Fibrosis for more information on standards of care and good practice in physiotherapy.
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