Teaching period

4th semester


Learning outcomes

This subject lab’s main purpose is to teach the techniques of respiratory physiotherapy.


Teaching method

  • Demonstration and explanation of the special physiotherapeutic techniques and
  • Practical exercise by the students.


Week by week schedule

Respiratory Physiotherapy Lab is summarised in 30 teaching hours, organised in 15 2-hour sessions, in which student attendance is mandatory.




Introduction to Respiratory Physiotherapy, Evaluation of the Respiratory Patient (Condition Evaluation Criteria)


Muscle Relaxation (Massage, Relaxation Positions and Exercises to Relax a Respiratory Patient)


Synchronism and Control of the Breathing Movements Rate (Breathing Reeducation)


Cleaning the Bronchi from Secretions (Bronchial Drainage). Exhalation and Cough Exercise, Assisted Expectoration and Drainage Manipulations


Pulmonary Drainage with elevation of the Right Lung


Pulmonary Drainage with elevation of the Left Lung. Drainage of the Trachea


Respiratory Muscles Exercise I. Diaphragm and Progressive Strengthening Program


Respiratory Muscles Exercise II. Exercise of the Upper and Lower Thorax Muscles


Respiratory Muscles Exercise III. Exercise of the Lower Thorax Muscles


Prevention and Correction of the Wrong Trunk Positions which Obstruct the Proper Breathing Function


Preoperative and Postoperative Physiotherapy for Thorax and Upper Abdomen Operations


Physiotherapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Ventilation Disorder Syndromes


Physiotherapy for Chronic Restrictive Pulmonary Ventilation Disorder Syndromes. Pleuritic Fluid Collection, Pneumothorax, Kyphoscoliosis - Ankylosing Spondylarthritis, Obesity, Neuromuscular Diseases, Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries


Respiratory Physiotherapy for Special Patient Groups (i.e. Children with Cystic Fibrosis)


Respiratory Physiotherapy at Intensive Care Unit. Patient Positions in ICU


Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Brewis R.A.L. (2003). Νόσοι του Αναπνευστικού Συστήματος. Εκδ. Παρισιάνος, Αθήνα
  2. Ellis E., KeyA.J. (1994). Issues in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy.  Butterworth-Heinemmann. 2nd ed., Oxford
  3. Frownfelter D., Dean E. (2006). Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy. Evidence and Practice. Mosby Elsevier. 4th ed
  4. Polden M.M. (1990). Physiotherapy in obstetrics and gynaecology
  5. Pryor J.A., Prasad S.A. (2002). Physiotherapy for respiratory and Cardiac Problems. Adults and Paediatrics.  Churchill Livingstone. 3rd ed., London
  6. Stephenson R., O’ Connor L.G. (2000). Obstetrics and gynaecology care in Physical Therapy.Slack Incorporated, 2nd Edition, US
  7. Wilkins R.L., Sheldon R.L., Krider S.J. (2005). Clinical Assessment in Respiratory Care. 4th edition, Mosby Elsevier


In Greek

  1. Γραμματοπούλου Ε., Βαβουράκη Ε. (1999). Αναπνευστική Φυσικοθεραπεία. Έκδοση ΤΕΙ Αθήνας (Respiratory Physiotherapy)
  2. Ελληνική Εταιρεία Εντατικής Θεραπείας (2003). Φυσικοθεραπεία στη μονάδα εντατικής θεραπείας (PhysiotherapyinIntensiveCareUnit)
  3. Μπάρλου Πανοπούλου E. (2003). Φυσικοθεραπευτική φροντίδα αναπνευστικού αρρώστου, Εκδόσεις Μίνωας, Αθήνα (PhysiotherapeuticCareofRespiratoryPatient)
  4. Μπάρλου Ε., Πανόπουλος Γ. (2006) Αναπνευστική Φυσικοθεραπεία σε Πνευμονικές και μη παθήσεις. ΕκδόσειςΣάλτο, Αθήνα (Respiratory Physiotherapy in Pulmonary and not Diseases)
  5. Παπαδοπούλου Χ. (2008). Αναπνευστική Φυσικοθεραπεία.  Έκδοση ΑΤΕΙ Θεσ/νίκης (RespiratoryPhysiotherapy)
  6. Μυριανθεύς Π., Μπαλτόπουλος Γ. (2005). Μηχανική υποστήριξη της αναπνοής, Ιατρικές εκδόσεις Πασχαλίδης,  Αθήνα (MechanicalBreathingSupport)
  7. Reid W.D., Chung F. (2009). Κλινική Προσέγγιση στην Καρδιοαναπνευστική Φυσικοθεραπεία. (Μετάφραση Αγγλικής Έκδοσης) Ιατρικές Εκδόσεις Πασχαλίδης, Αθήνα (ClinicalApproachinCardiopulmonaryPhysiotherapy)
  8. Chapman S., Robinson G., Stradling J., West S. (2007). Oxford ΕγχειρίδιοΠνευμονολογίας (ΜετάφρασηΑγγλικήςΈκδοσης) ΙατρικέςΕκδόσειςΠασχαλίδης, Αθήνα (OxfordManualofPneumology)



Laboratory assessment of Respiratory Physiotherapy takes place on a daily basis with three more formal exam-type assessments which comprise of practical demonstration of techniques and methods from students. Except from the daily evaluation of students and the intermediate evaluation, a final examination takes place at the end of the semester. This examination is conducted by the teaching professors personally with the students divided in pairs, in order to recreate the skills they have obtained during the semester on each other. The final grade of the subject derives from the average of the theoretical and laboratory part and has to be 5 out of 10 or higher. Nevertheless, the students need to achieve 5 out of 10 for each of the parts to consider the subject passed. The examination’s duration is 15-30 minutes. After passing the theoretical and laboratory part, the students are awarded with 5 ECTS credits.

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