CPAE removes the secretion and improve airway clearance thereby help to improve respiratory efficiency.
Chest physiotherapy is a phrase used in research to describe physiotherapy treatment strategies that address secretion elimination and increase airway clearance, hence improving respiratory efficiency. Chest physiotherapy refers to a series of treatments aimed at removing secretions from the lungs, hence reducing work of breathing, promoting lung expansion, and preventing collapse. Chest physiotherapy is an important adjuvant treatment for most respiratory illnesses, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis, and cystic fibrosis, as well as neuromuscular diseases (muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injury), post-covid complications, and peri-operative care, particularly in upper abdominal surgeries. Chest physiotherapy can be an important part of comprehensive respiratory care if administered appropriately.
The Purposes of Chest Physiotherapy
The goal of chest physiotherapy is to:
- Make it easier to remove any trapped or excessive airway secretions.
- To improve lung compliance and avoid it collapsing.
- To reduce the amount of work required for breathing.
- To promote gas exchange and optimise the ventilation-perfusion ratio.