4 Postural Drainage Techniques to Try at Home
Postural Drainage Techniques to Try at Home
What is postural drainage?
Postural drainage is a way to help treat respiratory problems due to inflammation and excess mucus in the airways of the lungs. Postural drainage basically “use(s) gravity to drain mucus out of your lungs by changing positions”.1
If you show signs of coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19), there can be lethal damage from effusions (mucus filling your lungs) or your body may over-react with more mucus. Unfortunately, this can be life threatening.
Don’t risk unnecessary suffering, take action.
Postural Drainage Techniques
Physical Therapists have successfully treated effusions with postural drainage. With simple tilted positions of the body, mucus flows down and out, so that the patient can easily cough it out.
When practicing these techniques:
- Emphasize full breaths while puffing your cheeks out.
- Blow long & steady breaths.
- Use this technique 3-5 minutes per day.
- You can use pillows, a chair, or lie over an exercise ball.
Because each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911.