Muscle stretching technique increases vital capacity and range of motion in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

@article{Putt2008MuscleST,
  title={Muscle stretching technique increases vital capacity and range of motion in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.},
  author={Michael T Putt and Michelle Watson and Helen E Seale and Jennifer Davida Paratz},
  journal={Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation},
  year={2008},
  volume={89 6},
  pages={1103-7}
}
OBJECTIVES To determine if a specific hold and relax stretching technique was capable of (1) reversing the effect of tight chest wall muscles by increasing chest expansion, vital capacity, and shoulder range of motion and (2) decreasing perceived dyspnea and respiratory rate in persons with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). DESIGN Double-blind crossover trial. SETTING A physiotherapy department at a major metropolitan hospital. PARTICIPANTS Fourteen stable patients with COPD… CONTINUE READING
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