Chest Physiotherapy

What is chest physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists have the ability to help people with chest conditions that need help to remove excess phlegm (mucus) from their airways and improve breathing technique and improve oxygen flow to the lungs.

What is chest physiotherapy used for?

Chest physiotherapy can help a number of conditions including:

  • pneumonia
  • chest infections
  • cystic fibrosis
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • asthma
  • increased mucus production due to being bed bound or inactive
  • keeping airways clear after surgery

What is involved in chest physiotherapy?

The physiotherapist can help teach you breathing exercises to do yourself to help keep your airways clear as well as use techniques known as percussion, vibrations, postural drainage to help loosen the secretions. For those people who are unable to generate an effective enough cough to get rid of the phlegm assisted coughing is a technique that can be used.  They can also advise on any breathing equipment that may be of help to improve oxygen flow or make the mucus looser and reduce shortness of breath.

Prior to each treatment assessment techniques such as auscultation using a stethoscope to listen to your lungs will be performed.

Click here to see the one of the types of breathing exercises recommended, known as the ACBT (Active Cycle of Breathing Technique).

Do I need chest physiotherapy?

If you are having problems getting rid of phlegm, have shortness of breath, had a recent operation involving the heart or lungs then it is worth being checked by a chest physiotherapist.

Does chest physiotherapy work?

Yes it does and better for some conditions than others.  It works particularly well for conditions in which a lot of phlegm is being produced and needs to be rid of.  If there is a build up phlegm that remains in the lungs there is an increased risk of developing a chest infection.

Looking for chest physiotherapy in London? Our team is composed of experienced physiotherapists who provide thorough assessments and effective treatments for the chest to both adults and children in the comfort of their own home, carehome or school.

Your Therapists

Bhawna qualified as a Chartered physiotherapist in 2007 from Delhi University, India and then pursued her interest in neuroscience and completed M.Sc. Neurorehabilitation from Brunel University,London in 2009. She has been working in the UK in  NHS,... Read More »


Gemma is a highly specialised physiotherapist with a wealth of clinical experience. Gemma has worked in some of London’s leading hospitals both in the NHS and the private sector. Gemma has a specialist interest in rehabilitation - providing... Read More »


Arun qualified from Rajiv Gandhi University of  Health Sciences, Karnataka, India as a physiotherapist  and  registered as a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2009. Arun has experience in working in a variety of different... Read More »


Fiona is a specialist paediatric physiotherapist who qualified from Coventry University in 2014. After graduating Fiona worked as a rotational physiotherapist, developing her clinical skills and knowledge in the core areas of physiotherapy before... Read More »


Samuel qualified from the University of Central Lancashire in 2008 with a Sports Science degree and went on to become a qualified personal trainer with further qualifications in nutrition. Employed by the council for several years to provide health... Read More »


Ciara graduated with a BSC (Hons) from Brunel University in 2012. She initially started her career within the NHS, completing her junior rotations within medical respiratory, intensive care unit, care of the elderly, orthopedics, community,... Read More »


Melissa qualified as a Physiotherapist from St Georges University in 2014. She started her career in the NHS working with patients with learning disabilities and mental health issues, mostly rehabilitating patients in the hydrotherapy pool and gym.... Read More »


Ed Howes qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2012 from the University of East Anglia, in the UK. Having worked in a variety of settings: Outpatients, hospitals, community, accident and emergency, clinics and sporting environments, Ed has... Read More »


Kelly Ratcliff qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2003 from University of South Australia. Kelly commenced her career in Australia, working across a broad range of specialities in the private sector, including rehabilitation, neurology, neurosurgery... Read More »


Stephanie graduated from Kings College London in 2010. She has worked in a wide variety of physiotherapy speciality in various London teaching hospitals including care of the elderly, neurology, respiratory, oncology and musculoskeletal disorders.... Read More »


Maria graduated in 2007 and has been specializing in Neurophysiotherapy since then. She has started a MSc Biomechanics course and has a strong interest in gait and posture of the Elderly.  Her work includes rehabilitation after injury or surgery,... Read More »


Jacob qualified from Rajiv Gandhi University of Karnataka, India as a physiotherapist in January 2001. Jacob has experience of working in a variety of different specialties within the NHS as well as the private sector over the years. These include... Read More »