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Technique: Chest Physiotherapy

Several techniques, including chest clapping and breathing exercises, are used in chest physiotherapy to prevent the accumulation of mucus in the lungs, which may otherwise lead to a chest infection. Chest physiotherapy is often used to help people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, elderly people after major surgery, and children with the inherited disorder cystic fibrosis.

Chest clapping

Parents of children with cystic fibrosis can be taught how to clap the child’s chest to loosen mucus in the lungs. The child lies over pillows with the head low, and the chest is tapped with cupped hands. Mucus can then be coughed up easily.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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