Efficacy of feldenkrais method vs. respiratory gymnastics for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Monisha R and Yasmeen Imtiaz

Background: The Feldenkrais Method (FM) is an alternative therapy used by patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, evidence of the effectiveness of the FM and RMSG among persons with COPD is lacking.

Objective To investigate the impact of the FM in patients with COPD. And to investigate the Effects of Feldenkrais Method Vs. Respiratory Gymnastics for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Methods An experimental study was conducted in 40 COPD patients. The
FM and RMSG was administered for a period of 8 weeks. The 6-min walking test (6MWT) was used to measure functional capacity; expiratory flow rate was used to evaluate lung function, and the clinical COPD questionnaire was used to measure QoL before and after the intervention.

Results Paired t-tests showed significant improvements in 6MWT from baseline to 8 weeks
Similarly, there was a significant improvement in the peak expiratory flow rate.

Conclusion The FM improve functional capacity and lung function among patients with COPD.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24327/ijcar.2017.7232.1105
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