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Year : 1982  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-38

The Influence Of Physical Conditioning By Yogasanas And Breathing Exercises In Patients Of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease



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Seventy five patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were studied in three matching groups, treated with different modes of therapy for 12 weeks, and assessed by periodic pulmonary function tests, analysis of arterial blood gases and questionnaires. Group A received conventional treatment, Group B underwent additional breathing exercises and Group C performed yogasanas, in addition, to treatment given in Group A. Though laboratory values of pulmonary function tests did not achieve significance, patients on yogasanas were seen to have the best maintenance of function. Reduction in the respiratory rate in Group C (p < 0.001) and heart rate (p < 0.01) compared 30 Group A, probably indicated the efficacy of yogasanas. Patients in Group B were intermediate in their response.


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