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Masters Thesis | Physiotherapy | India | Volume 10 Issue 3, March 2021
Effect of Neurophysiological Facilitation of Respiration on Respiratory Rate and Chest Expansion in Children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy - An Experimental Study
Snehaben Patel | Hardini Prajapati 
Abstract: Background: Spastic cerebral palsy is one of the most common type. The children with spastic cerebral palsy has decreased chest mobility due to tightness of the muscles, fascia and skin overlying the chest reduces expansion. Neurophysiological facilitation of respiration technique is used for improvement in neuromuscular disease and it is a proprioceptive and tactile stimulus that alter the depth and rate of breathing. Aim and Objectives: To evaluate effect of neurophysiological facilitation of respiration on respiratory rate and chest expansion at 2nd & 9th rib level in spastic cerebral palsy children. Method: An experimental study was conducted on spastic cerebral palsy children of different areas of Ahmedabad, to assess pre and post difference in RR and chest expansion at both levels by applying intercostal stretch, vertebral pressure and anterior stretch basal lift for 5 days a week for 2 weeks. Result: Statistical analysis showed that there was significant improvement in all outcome measures after application of NPF techniques. RR improved significantly [p < 0.05] and Chest expansion also increased at both levels [P<0.05]. Conclusion: NPF of respiration can improve RR and chest expansion at both levels.
Keywords: Neurophysiological facilitation of respiration, intercostal stretch, vertebral pressure and anterior stretch basal lift, Spastic cerebral palsy
Edition: Volume 10 Issue 3, March 2021,
Pages: 1525 - 1528