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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, to exercises and techniques for good posture and 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 be adapted to suit your needs - your CF Physiotherapist will work with you to establish the best routine for you.

Physiotherapy leaflets

We have worked with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cystic Fibrosis (ACPCF) to produce a series of leaflets to complement the advice and teaching physiotherapists give people with cystic fibrosis. Head over to our physiotherapy leaflets page to download the leaflets.

You may also find these leaflets useful:

Physiotherapy FAQs

Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about physiotherapy and exercise in cystic fibrosis.

Airway clearance

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

Babies and toddlers

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

Urinary incontinence

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