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About Me


My Qualifications & Memberships

   Bachelors of Science (BSc)

   Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

   Member of the British Thoracic Society

   Member of The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC)

   Member of Physiotherapy for Breathing Pattern Disorders

   Member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

   BradCliff Breathing Practitioner (Level 1 & 2)


Emily Lockwood BSc MCSP

I completed my undergraduate training in Physiotherapy at the University of Southampton, graduating in 2010.

I specialised in the respiratory field from 2012, working at a top heart and lung hospital - The Royal Brompton Hospital in London - for almost 10 years. 

During my respiratory career, I have worked and gained considerable experience in the following areas: cystic fibrosis, intensive care, cardio-thoracic surgery, acute medical wards (COPD, bronchiectasis and asthma), respiratory outpatients, paediatric intensive care, paediatric cystic fibrosis, difficult asthma service, COVID intensive care including ECMO, long-covid service.

Why work with me?

I have specialist experience in the following areas: 

  • The assessment and treatment of complex causes of breathlessness, including cardiac anrespiratory disease, long-covid, breathing pattern disorders and hyperventilation syndrome, difficult asthma, exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO) and excessive dynamic airway collapse (EDAC)

  • Treatment of long-covid including fatigue and breathlessness management. 

  • Airway clearance techniques - this involves exercises to keep the lungs clean and clear of secretions to prevent infection, and is particularly important if you have a respiratory condition, or are prone to chest infections, as it helps prevent further lung damage. 

  • Increasing physical activity in the presence of breathlessness, respiratory disease, and/or oxygen requirements, in order to encourage the individual to be as independent and active as possible. 

I have specialist experience in the following: 

  • Asthma (including difficult asthma)

  • Anxiety

  • Breathing pattern disorder

  • Bronchiectasis

  • Chronic cough

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • COVID-19 / Long-COVID

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Pneumonia

  • Pulmonary Fibrosis

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Recovery post heart or lung surgery

  • Reduced fitness or mobility

My Story

I never intended to work in the respiratory field! It was only in 2012 when I was lucky enough to get a job at the world renowned Royal Brompton Hospital in London that my thoughts completely changed. Fast forward to 2021, I was still working there! I had progressed from a senior physiotherapist to a highly specialised respiratory physiotherapist, and had worked in all manner of cardio-respiratory settings: from the intensive-care unit to paediatrics; cardio-thoracic wards to the difficult asthma service. This meant I worked with all sorts of patients, who all had very different conditions, but they all had one thing in common – they had something affecting their breathing. Alongside working in the NHS, I set up my own private respiratory physio service in 2018 to see some patients in my spare time. I called my service Air Physiotherapy as I thought it symbolised the air we breathe, the airways, and the lungs. I initially spent lots of time hopping on my bike after work or at weekends and peddling all over London (often in the pouring rain!) to see patients in their homes. As some of the consultants at the hospital heard about what I was doing, they started sending patients my way, and by 2019 I had a clinic room I used once a week to see Air Physiotherapy patients. ​When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, I worked on the front line at the Royal Brompton which at that time was a respiratory centre for some of the sickest patients in the country. It has been since the pandemic and since having my little boy in March 2021 that things have changed. I left my NHS role and decided to focus all my attention on my private business (and my family!) We moved back home to Cornwall in September 2022, and although Air Physiotherapy still runs in London and I still visit frequently to see my team and patients, I also help patients here in Cornwall as I think I have a valuable set of skills that will benefit lots of people.

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