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The effect of thoracic region self-mobilization on chest expansion and pulmonary function.

Authors
  • Jung, Ju-Hyeon1
  • Moon, Dong-Chul1
  • 1 Department of Physical Therapy, Gimhae College, Republic of Korea. , (North Korea)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of physical therapy science
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2015
Volume
27
Issue
9
Pages
2779–2781
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1589/jpts.27.2779
PMID: 26504292
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

[Purpose] The aim of this study was to determine the effects of thoracic region self-mobilization on chest expansion and pulmonary function in healthy adults. [Subjects] Nineteen healthy adults were randomly allocated to either an intervention group (n = 8) or a control group (n = 11). [Methods] Subjects in the intervention group performed self-mobilization of the thoracic region 3 times per week for 6 weeks (18 sessions). The outcome measures included chest expansion when breathing, pulmonary function, and predicted pulmonary function. [Results] There was a significant difference in chest expansion between the intervention group and the control group. However, there was no significant difference in pulmonary function between the intervention group and the control group. [Conclusion] Thoracic region self-mobilization may be beneficial for increasing chest expansion in healthy adults.

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