Neuromuscular Conditions

A general term that refers to impaired muscular and nervous system functions that may affect a person’s ability to naturally clear mucus from their lungs.

Diseases and conditions that can result in excess mucus that blocks the airways include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

  • Cerebral palsy (CP)

  • Diaphragm disorders

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

  • Muscular dystrophy (MD)

  • Quadriplegia

  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)

  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD)


Benefits of Chest Physiotherapy

Uncleared excess mucus can lead to chronic inflammation and infections, causing permanent lung and respiratory function damage.*

Physicians prescribe airway clearance therapy to clear mucus before it builds up. This makes it harder for harmful bacteria to grow.*


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  2. American Thoracic Society. ATS Patient Education Series. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2017:195;15-16.