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Did you know that muscles are involved in the movement of air in and out of your lungs?

Neuromuscular Disorders

What is it?

There are many disorders that are classified as a neuromuscular disorder. These neuromuscular disorders affect the function of muscles because of problems with the nerves (neurons) and muscles in your body.  When the neurons become unhealthy or die, communication between the nervous system and muscles breaks down.

Types of neuromuscular disorders include:


Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms may vary according to the condition and may be mild, moderate, or more debilitating and the symptoms will depend on the type of neuromuscular disorder and the part of the body that is affected.

Some of these symptoms include:


Muscle weakness is the most common symptom of these disorders, and this includes respiratory muscle weakness. It is neuromuscular respiratory weakness that leads to breathlessness, a weak, ineffective cough and retained airways secretions. This can predispose you to recurrent respiratory tract infections, therefore respiratory care is of the upmost importance.

How We Can Help

At Just Breathe Physiotherapy, our specialized area of expertise will focus on the assessment of your respiratory system and determine if your respiratory muscle weakness is becoming detrimental to your breathing, your cough, and your comfort.

We can assist you in managing the array of symptoms as they present themselves. With our respiratory knowledge we can give you strategies to improve your ability to generate a good breath and more effectively clear secretions through a better stronger cough.

Current research suggests that an early recognition for a need for respiratory support via non-invasive ventilation is vital to good management. We can assess your lung function and help you decide when this is appropriate, fit an appropriate mask and be involved in the education of yourself and your family and carers.

 We can also help assist with liaising between the multi-disciplinary team involved in your care as well as specialists and clinics.