Postural drainage

Chest physical therapy; CPT; COPD - postural drainage; Cystic fibrosis - postural drainage; Bronchopulmonary dysplasia - postural drainage


Percussion can be performed to help break up thick fluids in you lungs. 1. Form a cup shape with your hand and wrist. 2. Clap your hand and wrist against your chest or have someone clap your back, if your doctor tells you to. 3. You should hear a hollow or popping sound, NOT a slapping sound. 4. Do not clap so hard that it hurts. Do percussion for 5 to 7 minutes in each area of the chest. Do this on all of the areas of the chest or back that your doctor tells you to. When you finish, take a deep breath and cough.

What to Expect at Home

How to Do Postural Drainage

Percussion or Vibration

When to Call the Doctor