We’re in the middle of a pandemic, the start of cold and flu season, and smack dab in the middle of allergy season… whew!
All of that is a cause for a lot of mucus build-up in your chest and lungs.
One nurse expertly shared what is done in a hospital when a person has a build-up of mucus. In the video you’ll find below, she shares how something called “Chest Physiotherapy” (CPT), which helps drain the lungs and mobilize your airflow.
Chest physiotherapy is a group of physical techniques that improve lung function and help you breathe better.
Chest PT, or CPT, expands the lungs, strengthens breathing muscles, and loosens and improves drainage of thick lung secretions.
Chest PT helps treat such diseases as cystic fibrosis and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
It also keeps the lungs clear to prevent pneumonia after surgery and during periods of immobility.
Healthcare providers often use different types of chest physiotherapy together, including:
Chest percussion involves striking the chest wall with cupped hands, often in combination with postural drainage.
Controlled coughing techniques involve coughing gently, making short grunting noises, or making two to three sharp staccato coughs with the mouth slightly open.
Controlled coughing techniques are done with postural drainage and throughout the day.