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Osteopathy helps to correct the effects of soft tissue strains in Cystic Fibrosis. Our osteopath Luis Fernandez explains the techniques he applies in this new informative capsule.
Strains in soft tissues
People with Cystic Fibrosis may have tension in the anterior and posterior aspect of the rib cage, caused by continuous coughing and possible kyphosis. The diaphragm is also affected when it is tense, shortening its course and, therefore, reducing the space for lung expansion during inspiration.
On the other hand, tensions in the soft tissues of the digestive system can cause disorders in such an important function as digestion.
In all these cases, after the anamnesis to detect all these tensions, osteopathic techniques are applied to release these points of tension and leave the body ready again to resist the attacks of Cystic Fibrosis.
Treatment since 2001
The Cystic Fibrosis Balearic Association offers this service since 2001, at that time called “Fisio Complement”.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic, serious and degenerative disease that to date has no cure.
It mainly affects the respiratory, digestive, reproductive and sweat glands.
Currently, more than 2,000 mutations are known to cause the disease.
Statistics show that 1 in 5,000 people in Spain has Cystic Fibrosis (1 in 6,400 in the Balearic Islands) and 1 in 35 people is a carrier of a gene that causes the disease.
In the Balearic Islands there are 73 known diagnosed cases, but statistics speak of between 85 and 90 possible cases.
The awareness project of the Respiralia Foundation aims to raise awareness of this disease in order to discover those cases of people who have Cystic Fibrosis but have not yet been diagnosed.