Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition, where the airways to the lungs become irritated, causing them to swell, tighten up, and spasm. This causes tightness in the chest, coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. It is usually associated with allergies or other forms of hypersensitivity, such as hayfever.
While there is no substitute for medication, physiotherapy can help reduce the severity and frequency of asthma attacks, as well as the dose required to treat them.
While many people may assume that physiotherapy is the last thing that a person with respiratory issues should be doing, the opposite is in fact true. Proper breathing technique is a major part of most physical therapies, and physical training in general.