How to clear your chest with breathing techniques

10) Other Airways Clearance Techniques

Other Airway Clearance Technique and devices can be tried to help you to clear your sputum.

To get the best from these you should speak to a respiratory physiotherapist.

    Other techniques that a respiratory physiotherapist may use with you are:

  • Autogenic Drainage (AD).
  • Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP).
  • Oscillatory Positive Expiratory Pressure.

You can find out more about each of these techniques on the following pages.

Frequently asked questions

Q. I'm too breathless

A. Try to increase time spent on breathing control, don’t do the breath hold, consider using a position that supports your arms.

Q. How often should I do the active cycle of breathing?

A.It is important to clear your lungs every day, so you will be able to do more activities you enjoy and that you need to do.

Q. I am coughing all the time. What can I do?

A. Firstly check with your GP. A referral to a respiratory physiotherapist for breathing control can be very useful and can reduce your coughing.