Breaking up Mucus

By MOUKIE Latest Activity November 11, 2010 at 9:40 pm Views 12,647 Replies 20 Likes 5


I found that if I can get someone to cup their hands and hit me on my lower back going up toward my neck - it helps to break up the mucus in my chest. I can then expel it a little more easier. Has anyone done this before?

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  • Wisebear
    Wisebear March 19, 2012 at 11:46 am   

    Yes I joke with my husband often about needing to beat his wife AGAIN! It is just a funny way to deal with having to beat on my back and help me breathe better. It is great how all these things seem to get passed around for us. HAve a great day!

  • maggielola
    maggielola June 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm   

    i know how it is

  • jye46
    jye46 June 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm   

    My daughter pats my back every night before I go to bed. She uses a flat hand and starts at the neck area and works down. It helps to loosen and clear out the mucus. This helps improve my breathing and sleep.

  • patches23
    patches23 May 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm   

    When I get congested I have my granddaughter pound on my back. I've had this done in the hospital also. My back gets a little sore but is worth it.,

  • MainEvent
    MainEvent May 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm   

    Moukie, I don't know if they do this in the hospital a lot any more but what you're describing is called "Percussion" When they beat on your chest and back to loosen the mucous. It used to b done by the resp therapists and taught to caretakers so they can do it at home. Now They have some kind of vest u can wear which sort of percusses the chest. I'm glad this helps. I have done this in the past too. Works really well esp if you're also drinking lots of fluid to help liquify the secretions.

    MOUKIE March 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm   

    i don't know what to say about "the pickle". I don't see where you hook up a breathing machine to it or oxygen. Or does it work on that concept? It looks very interesting thou.

  • wmyers
    wmyers March 24, 2011 at 11:05 pm   

    I used a device in the hospital that the nurses called the "pickle". The name on the side of it says "Acapella" As their name implies, it is big and green. As you breath into it, it vibrates the air in your lungs. Do not ask me how it works, but it does. You can feel it. The nurses told me that this thing had been used overseas for some time with good results and had found it's way into the United States. They said that this was replacing the back thumping. All I know is, when you breath into it, you can feel the air vibrating. If you go to my page, and click on my photos, I downloaded 2 pictures of it so you could see what it looks like. On the end, there is a ring that you can turn to make it a little harder or easier to breath through. I guess it simulates someone either thumping you really easy or really hard. As a psychiatric aide many years ago, we did the back thumping regularly. It seemed to work for our patients. Go ahead and take a look at the" pickle" and tell me what you think.

  • Phonse65
    Phonse65 March 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm   

    I don't know how many of you use MUCINEX, but for me it has been a god-send! It claimes to thin and loosen mucus, and to relieves chest congestion. I was miserable before my Doc gave me some. (it's OTC) In the words of my lovely bride, "your coughs have become much more productive". Productive??? I guess that means I spit alot Hmmmmmmm

  • leelariah
    leelariah March 9, 2011 at 8:23 am   

    my neice and nephew both had cystic fybrosis (sry cannt spell) they both had this vest. It was wonderful to help them. Before we got them we also used the percussion with our hands.

  • stuffedbear
    stuffedbear February 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm   

    For those of us who don't have anyone willing to beat on us there is a machine called the VEST. This is a nylon vest you put on with tubes like the vacuum cleaner attached to it. The machine pumps air through the tubes into the vest in spurts, this creates the pressure to move the mucus. It is painless, feels like a good massage when done and is also good for singing soprano like a siren, drives the cats crazy.

    MOUKIE February 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm   

    I don't whether to laugh or not. LOL I have never heard of this. I am going to have to check it out. Where do I obtain or even research this at?

  • Phonse65
    Phonse65 March 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm   

    Hey a treatment that hugs you at the same time, I like that!

  • stuffedbear
    stuffedbear February 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm   

    My pulmonist got me in touch with the rep. It is called V.E.S.T. don't remember what the letters stand for but my insurance covered it.

    MOUKIE February 15, 2011 at 11:03 am   

    I tried to look it up. Came up with slot of bullet proof vests…LOL I don't have health insurance anymore since I got laid-off. But I will still be on the lookout for it.

    MOUKIE February 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm   

    my family is scared to do that to me. They are afraid it will hurt.

    MOUKIE November 17, 2010 at 12:22 am   

    its a strong blow but not to the point of pain. Its rather solid because the hands are cupped. So it doesn't hurt.

  • Helen88
    Helen88 February 5, 2011 at 12:33 am   

    I used to watch when they would cup their hands on my aunts back. She would lie on her stomach, or sit up. The therapist would do this procedure to help her get the mucus up. Worked very well.

    MOUKIE February 7, 2011 at 11:14 pm   

    yes that's it! It does work very well.

  • Jeannie Holmes
    Jeannie Holmes November 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm   


  • Kim1014
    Kim1014 November 13, 2010 at 8:04 am   

    NO I have never had this done, but I was wondering what is the that amount of pressure that is being used to hit your back to have the mucus broken up? I am wondering iif it is a light tap or a stong blow. This sure sounds like it would help some though with the fact that it is being broken up inside the body…

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