Skip to main content
Explore URMC


Chest Physiotherapy

Chest Physiotherapy (CPT) is a way to loosen the secretions or mucus in the lungs. Some children may only need CPT now and then. Other children may need CPT every 2 to 4 hours to loosen secretions.

How to Do It

  1. Put a thin layer of clothing or blanket on your child's chest.
  2. Use a cupped hand or percussor cup to percuss different areas of the chest wall. You can turn your child or sit them up to percuss areas on the side or back. Do not percuss over the backbone, breastbone, or lower two ribs.
  3. Perform CPT for 5 minutes on the chest and 5 minutes on the back, for a total of 10 minutes.
  4. Make sure to always suction your child after completing CPT to remove any loosened secretions.