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Effect of Diaphragm Postisometric Relaxation in Older Adults

Fronczek-Wojciechowska, Magdalena, PhD; Mysłek, Karolina, MSc; Sajek, Aleksandra, MA; Padula, Gianluca, PhD; Kopacz, Karolina, PhD

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: April/June 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 2 - p 104–107
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000207
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Objective: To analyze the diaphragm postisometric relaxation (PIR) effect in older people.

Subjects and Methods: The study group comprised 23 people with a mean age of 65 (5) years. Examinations consisted of spirometry, pulse oximetry, chest circumference test, and palpation of diaphragm. Examination was done twice, before and after the program of exercises related to diaphragm PIR.

Results and Conclusions: Slow vital capacity, maximal voluntary ventilation, chest mobility, and oxygen saturation were significantly higher after diaphragm PIR. Diaphragm tension improved in 30% of participants. PIR of diaphragm can improve respiratory parameters, chest mobility, and diaphragm tension without influence on the heart rate.

“DynamoLab” Academic Laboratory of Movement and Human Physical Performance, Medical University of Lodz, Poland (Drs Fronczek-Wojciechowska, Padula, and Kopacz); and Students Scientific Circle of Physiotherapy (Ms Mysłek) and Institute of Physical Culture and Health (Ms Sajek), State Higher Vocational School in Koszalin, Poland.

Correspondence: Magdalena Fronczek-Wojciechowska, PhD, “DynamoLab” Academic Laboratory of Movement and Human Physical Performance, Medical University of Lodz, Poland, 251 Pomorska St, 92-216, Lodz, Poland (magdalena.fronczek-wojciechowska@umed.lodz.pl).

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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