Potential Prophylactic and Therapeutic Effects of Respiratory Physiotherapy for COVID-19: Respiratory Physiotherapy for COVID-19

Potential Prophylactic and Therapeutic Effects of Respiratory Physiotherapy for COVID-19

Respiratory Physiotherapy for COVID-19


  • Narges Shakerian Student Research Committee, School of Rehabilitation, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
  • Razieh Mofateh Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research Center, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
  • Amene Saghazadeh Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Expert Group (SRMEG), Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN), Tehran, Iran
  • Niloofar Rezaei School of Rehabilitation, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
  • Nima Rezaei a:1:{s:5:"en_US";s:4:"TUMS";}


COVID-19; physiotherapy; prophylactic; recurrence; respiratory physiotherapy; respiratory therapy; therapeutic


New coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has succeeded in surprising the world with infecting more than 12 million people and claiming 560,000 lives in only six months. COVID-19 is associated with a spectrum of respiratory symptoms, especially dyspnea. Patients who progress to severe or critical condition display peripheral and posterior lung lesions bilaterally. These patients require admission to the intensive care unit (ICU); therefore, they are prone to ICU-related complications during disease and after recovery. Respiratory physiotherapy techniques, in particular, active techniques, might help the improvement of airway clearance and lung capacity in addition to the reduction of breathing effort during the active disease. In parallel, it might lead to the prevention of disabilities, resulting from infection and extended hospitalization in patients who recovered from COVID-19. This supports physiotherapy both as a prophylactic and therapeutic strategy for COVID-19.


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Shakerian N, Mofateh R, Saghazadeh A, Rezaei N, Rezaei N. Potential Prophylactic and Therapeutic Effects of Respiratory Physiotherapy for COVID-19: Respiratory Physiotherapy for COVID-19 . Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2020 Nov. 10 [cited 2024 Jul. 22];92(1):e2021020. Available from: https://www.mattioli1885journals.com/index.php/actabiomedica/article/view/10289