Chest Physiotherapy (CPT)

About Chest Physiotherapy (CPT)


At pt Health, we know that your condition may require specific physiotherapy techniques and treatment methods.

If you are suffering from a chest injury or condition, we can help:

  • Aid in expansion of lungs
  • Drain secretion from lungs
  • Improve overall lung functioning
  • Ease breathing and increase oxygen in the blood

What Is Chest Physiotherapy?


Chest physiotherapy is a therapy option that helps improve breathing by indirect removal of mucus from the respiratory passages of the patient.

It includes a set of treatments that expands the lungs, helps remove secretions that clog the breathing passages and strengthens the respiratory muscles.

The treatments involved in chest physiotherapy include:

  • Chest percussion
  • Chest vibration
  • Turning
  • Coughing
  • Postural drainage
  • Breathing exercises
  • Incentive spirometry

Chest physiotherapy is administered, along with other treatments such as nebulizer treatment, suctioning, and expectorant drug administration to eliminate secretions that make breathing difficult.

Frequently Asked Questions


Coverage Options


Therapy services at pt Health are covered by most extended health insurance companies, and in some cases Veterans Affairs and Medicare, such as:

  • OHIP (Ontario)
  • Alberta Health Care
  • Medical Service Plan MSP (British Columbia)

Not sure if you’re covered? No problem. We can help you find out (and usually within the hour). Just call us toll free at 1-866-749-7461.

At pt Health we believe your health should come first. We take care of the paperwork so you can focus on getting better, plus we offer direct insurance billing, saving you time and up front costs.

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Van der Schans published a clinical research report on “Conventional Chest Physical Therapy for Obtrusive Lung Disease” in September 2007 which identified the effective methods for chest physical therapy as well as the importance of identifying and selecting the most appropriate treatment for the patient.

The study showed that the most effective airway clearance modality is directed cough. However, in terms of which treatment is used in the therapy, the patient’s preference is the best indicator to use. It also emphasized the cooperation and adherence of the patient to the therapy to achieve the benefits.

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