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A 30-year-old female asked:

Can hitting or tapping your back help relieve plurisey? my partner does this for me and it helps but is it good to do?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Feels good, do it: Short answer is yes. Mechanical percussion helps to break up and mobilize mucus in the chest and "sticky" spots to reduce pleuritic pain. It is best done "posturally" -- meaning with the bottom of your lungs higher than the top. Simple way is to build wedge of pillows and lie knees-bent, head-down while getting thumped on. When done well (not too hard), it also feels good, so why not?!
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