Positive Effect of Abdominal Breathing Exercise on Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Randomized, Controlled Study

@article{Eherer2012PositiveEO,
  title={Positive Effect of Abdominal Breathing Exercise on Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Randomized, Controlled Study},
  author={Andreas J. Eherer and Fritz Netolitzky and Christoph H{\"o}genauer and G. Puschnig and Thomas Anton Hinterleitner and Stefan Scheidl and Wilfried Kraxner and GuenterJ. Krejs and Karl Martin Hoffmann},
  journal={The American Journal of Gastroenterology},
  year={2012},
  volume={107},
  pages={372-378}
}
OBJECTIVES:The lower esophageal sphincter (LES), surrounded by diaphragmatic muscle, prevents gastroesophageal reflux. When these structures become incompetent, gastric contents may cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). For treatment, lifestyle interventions are always recommended. We hypothesized that by actively training the crura of the diaphragm as part of the LES using breathing training exercises, GERD can be positively influenced.METHODS:A prospective randomized controlled study… CONTINUE READING
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