Catherine O'Malley RRT


Postural Drainage

Postural drainage is a series of body positions that use gravity to drain mucus from the lungs into the mouth so the person can spit it out. Postural drainage often helps people who have chronic lung disease, such as cystic fibrosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), to drain mucus from different parts of…

Postural Drainage

Postural drainage is a series of body positions that use gravity to drain mucus from the lungs into the mouth so the person can spit it out. Postural drainage often helps people who have chronic lung disease, such as cystic fibrosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), to drain mucus from different parts of…

Cystic Fibrosis: Helping Your Child Cough Up Mucus

Cystic fibrosis causes mucus to become thick and sticky, which can clog the lungs and cause serious problems. You can help your child maintain lung function and avoid complications from mucus buildup and blockage by performing an airway clearance technique (ACT). Postural drainage and chest percussion (PD & P) is one of…

Postural Drainage: Upper Lobes (Back)

Illustration adapted with permission from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Have the child lean forward 30 degrees. Clap with a cupped hand between the collarbone and shoulder blade on each side of the back.

Postural Drainage: Upper Lobes (Back)

Illustration adapted with permission from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Have the child lean forward 30 degrees. Clap with a cupped hand between the collarbone and shoulder blade on each side of the back.