This is just a thought here, but I have done some research on whether or not doing CPT has any real benefit, and of all the studies done on the topic over the years there is no conclusive evidence either way. Hence, chances are it does not knock thick secretions from the air passages as expected.
However, as I was working out at the health club a few years back the person working at the club was learning how to do sports massages. They asked if I would be the subject. I eagerly volunteered. One of the things they did on me was, you guessed it, CPT. It was done exactly how we RTs do it.
So, now this has me wondering: is CPT really part of the pulmonary toilet, or just a glorified massage?