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Cystic fibrosis physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a crucial part of the daily treatment regime required to keep people with cystic fibrosis (CF) as healthy as possible. It can be used for airway clearance, sinus management, back and continence problems, staying fit and much more.

Physiotherapy is vitally important and can start very early on in the life of a child with cystic fibrosis, depending on their symptoms. It covers a range of areas, such as airway clearance to help loosen and remove the mucus that builds up in the lungs, or maintaining good posture to avoid back problems that can have a negative impact on lung function.

The type and duration of physiotherapy will be different for everyone, and it can often be adapted to suit your needs - you CF Physiotherapist will work with you to establish the best routine for you. We’ve got a range of resources available for you to find out more about physiotherapy for cystic fibrosis – use boxes at the bottom of this screen to explore our factsheets.

Physiotherapy FAQs

You can also download our factsheet about nebuliser therapy.

Airway clearance

Download our factsheet to get the lowdown on airway clearance techniques.

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Babies and toddlers

Find out more with our factsheet about physiotherapy for little ones.

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Urinary incontinence

This factsheet looks at some of the things your physio may recommend for urinary incontinence. 

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