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Many people with COPD find they feel at their worst first thing in the morning. This is part of the disease pattern. You may not have slept well, you may be bothered by secretions / phlegm. You may feel your muscles are stiff or sore until you get moving again. Chest clearance exercises will help […]

Positive Expiratory Pressure and Oscillatory Positive Expiratory pressure

These techniques involve the use of devices. These are not commonly used by people with COPD. They can be used on their own, or at the same time as other breathing exercises such as Autogenic Drainage. For this reason you may also hear these devices being referred to as ‘adjuncts’. Devices include: Positive Expiratory Pressure […]

Autogenic Drainage

This is a breathing technique used to clear differing levels of the lung and help you to breathe better. Autogenic drainage can be difficult to explain in words. It is important that you are first shown how to do this by your physiotherapist as sections may be individually tailored to your needs. You should discuss […]

Active Cycle of Breathing Technique (ACBT)

The main Airway Clearance Technique used in COPD is the Active Cycle of Breathing Technique (ACBT). ACBT is easy to learn. It can be adapted to your needs. You don’t need any equipment or assistance so can be done anywhere at any time. It is usually the first Airway Clearance Technique of choice for people […]