I am Going Home with a Trachy 2014

Coming Home – thriving in the community with a tracheostomy. On the 25th of September 2011 Colin sustained a spinal cord injury whilst working on his farm. This is his story.

Breathing after a spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries can cause difficulties with breathing (respiration) depending on where the injury occurs in your spinal cord.

Breathing muscles

The diaphragm and intercostal muscles are the two major muscles involved in breathing.

More about the breathing muscles

There are different set of muscles involved in with breathing in and breathing out

Why does it feel easier to breathe when I am wearing an abdominal binder or lying down?

In a person with quadriplegia who has paralysed stomach muscles, an abdominal binder can help the diaphragm function efficiently.

Changes to the autonomic nervous system that impact on breathing

The autonomic system has two main components, the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system.

Things you can do to maintain respiratory health in the long term

There are several things you can do to look after your respiratory health.