Effects of a thoracic mobility and respiratory exercise program on pulmonary function and functional capacity in older adults

Julie A. Ekstrum, Lisa Black, Karen Paschal

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Abstract

The purposes of this study were to describe a home exercise program (HEP) consisting of respiratory exercise and stretching thoracic muscles and to determine how regular participation in this program affected pulmonary function, chest wall excursion, physical function, and quality of life in community-dwelling older adults. Thirty-seven volunteers (mean age 80.5 years) participated in a twice daily HEP for 6 weeks. Twenty-two subjects completed the program. Pulmonary function, chest wall excursion (CWE), the 6-minute walk test (6MWT), the physical performance test (PPT), and RAND SF-36 quality of life survey (SF-36) were administered before and after the exercise program. Increases in CWE, 6MWT, and PPT were statistically significant. In conclusion, community-dwelling older adults participating in a 6-week stretching and respiratory exercise program demonstrated improved CWE and function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-327
Number of pages18
JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

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Thoracic Wall
Thorax
Exercise
Independent Living
Lung
Quality of Life
Muscle Stretching Exercises
Volunteers
Walk Test

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Gerontology
  • Occupational Therapy

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