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In Ireland there is over 400,000 people living with asthma. It is a condition that affects the airways that carry air in and out within the lungs. With asthma these airways become over sensitive, causing them to react to things that generally would not cause such a reaction such as cold air, dust and pollen. When the airways react in this way the muscles of the airways tighten causing the airway to narrow, restricting airflow through them. The lining of the airways also becomes swollen and produces mucous in response to the trigger or substance that initially created the sensitivity. This mucous can also clog up the airways, obstructing airflow. This adverse reaction by the airways in the lungs results in difficulty moving air in and out of the lungs.
Most people with asthma are prescribed medication to help prevent and relieve symptoms. These are typically inhalers. A daily preventer inhaler to protect against asthma attacks and a relieve inhaler to use when symptoms occur. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, including those living with asthma. Research has shown that structured exercise can help enhance lung function, reduce asthma symptoms and help control your asthma. As exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle here are some tips to remember while exercising with asthma.
Should you require any further information on living or exercising with asthma, please ask your healthcare provider or physiotherapist. Furthermore check out the Asthma Society of Ireland website, as they have lots of great information. If you have an injury from participating in exercise or sport contact Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic today to make an appointment. We have experienced Physiotherapist to help you return to full fitness.