The respiratory assist techniques described in this Instructable have been described by Dr. Paul Lee, a practicing osteopathic physician. He teaches these techniques to family members so they can help treat a flu patient at home several times a day, improving lung function and speeding recovery.
Note that these techniques are usually performed on fully-clothed patients. These pictures are intended to help demonstrate hand and finger placement.
Step 1: Rib raising: finger placement
(Please note that this is several inches lateral toward the outside of the chest wall from what is shown in the picture. Actually the finger tips should be about at the base of the finger webbing. I will put on a new picture before too long. Dr Paul Lee reviewed this Instructable, and this was one of the refinements that he suggested.)
My hand position will be reversed (pinkies adjacent, thumbs out) when the patient is lying flat on the table. You will then resume the finger position, finding it by feel.