What is Bronchial Drainage?


Certain pathologies such as pneumopathy (formerly pneumonia) or pleurisy (inflammation of the most superficial part of the lung) can lead to the creation of mucus by the bronchi. This is also the case when patients are in bed for too long.

By using Expiratory Flow Acceleration techniques, it is possible to drain these secretions and free the bronchial tree to allow the patient to breathe better on a daily basis.

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Manual techniques for better respiratory ventilation

Our KinéOParis office in Paris Saint Lazare brings together physiotherapists and osteopaths specialized in different pathologies in order to treat all your pain. Among these pathologies, respiratory failure, breathing disorders, asthma, and chronic bronchitis, treated with bronchial drainage methods, or respiratory physiotherapy.

  • What is bronchial drainage?

    Physiologically, air circulates freely in the lungs to ensure optimized breathing and a flow of oxygen that supplies vital organs. Nevertheless, this free circulation can be affected and weakened by neuromuscular diseases that affect the respiratory muscles and in particular the diaphragm. This leads to a decrease in the natural ability to evacuate bronchial secretions. Thus, the bronchi of the lungs are congested and breathing discomfort called dyspnea can be felt. In this case, manual bronchial drainage techniques called Expiratory Flow Acceleration (EFA) are suitable. Assisted coughing techniques will also be used.

    Bronchial drainage is the removal of bronchial secretions to help restore respiratory health and stem airway conditions. This type of practice must be administered by a physiotherapist specialized in respiratory physiotherapy. Bronchial drainage techniques are often applied in patients who have stopped smoking (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Bronchitis or COPD), suffering from asthma or after a lung transplant for patients with cystic fibrosis, for example.

    These are essentially manual techniques and can be performed on patients under ventilation or respirator, always with the aim of clearing the bronchi and increasing the total respiratory capacity.

    Respiratory physiotherapy techniques will therefore help the patient's airways, avoid complications and induce coughing to eliminate secretions.

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    Our team of physiotherapists is very professional, attentive to its patients and very dynamic.

    Your chest pain, shortness of breath and lung ailments are taken seriously.

    If you have bronchial pain or congestion in your respiratory system, call our KinéOParis centre. We will answer all your questions and offer you suitable time slots and rehabilitation. The effects of smoking, air pollution and respiratory disease can be treated.

  • Our physiotherapist takes care of you

    Bronchial drainage is performed by our physiotherapist who is an expert in respiratory physiotherapy. It consists of bringing up the secretions that are blocked in your respiratory system. The goal is to evacuate them by persistent coughing without damaging the lungs. The physiotherapist begins by giving you a general consultation. Its objective is to understand the reasons for the pathology: is it congestion following poorly treated bronchitis has it been following you for years?

    He will draw up a session plan with you in order to establish the objectives and to be able to follow your progress during the respiratory physiotherapy sessions.

    If you have a lot of lung congestion, the physiotherapist can perform bronchial clearance by combining bronchial drainage and assisted cough. You will be able to do gas exchange effortlessly and work your breathing and your upper respiratory tract.

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