COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a long-term illness
that makes it hard to breathe. When you have COPD, air does not flow easily
into and out of your lungs. You may be short of breath, cough a lot, and have a
lot of mucus in your lungs. Learning to clear your lungs may help you save
energy and oxygen and may also help prevent lung infections.
There are three things you can do to
clear your lungs:
- Controlled coughing. This type of coughing
comes from deep in your lungs. It loosens mucus and moves it though your
- Postural drainage. You lie down in different positions to
help drain mucus from your lungs.
- Chest percussion. You lightly
tap your chest and back. The tapping loosens the mucus in your lungs.
How do you do controlled coughing, postural drainage, and chest percussion?