International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Student Project | Medical Science | India | Volume 13 Issue 5, May 2024 | Rating: 5.3 / 10


Effectiveness of Segmental Breathing Exercise Versus Respiratory Muscle Stretches on Dyspnea and Exercise Tolerance Level among COPD Patients

S. Aravind [3] | P. Senthil Selvam [2]


Abstract: Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a respiratory disorder characterized by chronic airway obstruction along with excessive mucus production which occludes the airway & derangements in the structural integrity of the airways. Amongst various other symptoms, dyspnea & reduced physical tolerance are foremost presentations which may be attributed to the advancement of the disease process. In addition to the routine respiratory care, breathing exercises & muscle stretches would help in improving the symptoms. Apart from alleviating symptoms, these might also either directly or indirectly help in improving the exercise (Physical) tolerance level of the subject. This study aims at finding out the effectiveness of Segmental breathing exercise & Respiratory muscle stretches on improving dyspnea symptoms & exercise tolerance in COPD subjects. Aim & objective of the study: To compare the effects of Segmental breathing Vs respiratory muscle stretch on dyspnea and exercise tolerance level among COPD patients. Methodology: 20 participants were recruited in the study based upon inclusion criteria & divided into two groups: Group A (n=10) - Segmental breathing exercise & Group B (n=10) - respiratory muscle stretches alone. Results: Comparing the pre and post test values of 6 minute walk test and modified Borg scale, it has been found that respiratory muscle stretches were most efficient in improving exercise tolerance level and reducing dyspnea in patients with COPD. Conclusion: The study concluded that respiratory muscle stretches are effective in the management of COPD.


Keywords: COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), 6 MWT (6 minutes walk test), Segmental breathing exercises, Respiratory muscle stretch, Modified Borg scale


Edition: Volume 13 Issue 5, May 2024,


Pages: 1089 - 1093



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