Efficacy of retro-walking and relaxation techniques on respiratory parameters, functional exercise capacity and quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Monisha R and Poovishnu Devi T

Background: People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) suffer from severe physical impairments, which often elicit significant psychological distress and impact their quality of life.
Objectives: The purpose of the study is to analyze the effect of Retro-walking and Relaxation techniques on Respiratory parameters, functional exercise capacity and quality of life in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Need for The Study: Walking, a low impact exercises places minimum stress and it is an easy exercise for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients to perform.Doing the same fitness routine every day can be distressing after training. To prevent this, the study incorporating 10-20 minutes of backward walking with relaxation exercises provides with the workout variety to the mind and body crave.
Methodology: Total number of 30 patients was selected for the study. Out of 30 patients 15 were assigned into two groups, Group A received Retro-walking along with Relaxation exercise and Group B received Relaxation exercise alone. The study was conducted for a duration of 6 months and Treatment duration was 10 – 20 min.
Outcome Measures: Borg’s scale, Clinical COPD Questionnaire (CCQ)
Conclusion: Based on the outcome of the statistical analysis and literature review, it is believed that the Retro-walking with relaxation techniques shows significant improvement in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24327/ijcar.2017.7064.1074
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