Other Treatments for Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
In addition to medications and surgery, other treatments are often used to help relieve some of the symptoms associated with COPD. These treatments help reduce phlegm and other pulmonary secretions. Reducing these makes breathing easier.
Postural Bronchial Drainage
This procedure is designed to help remove secretions from the airways. You are instructed to lie in various positions. The different positions allow gravity to drain fluids from different parts of your lungs. This may be done after inhaling an aerosol that loosens secretions.
In this procedure, a respiratory therapist lightly claps the chest and back. This helps to dislodge large amounts of secretions and makes them easier to cough up and spit out.
While this may be used, the evidence supporting the effectiveness of postural drainage or chest percussion is weak
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Last reviewed March 2016 by Michael Woods, MD Last Updated: 3/15/2015