Effects of Combined Therapeutic Exercise on Improvement of Respiratory Function and Trunk Posture in Elderly Patients with Restrictive Lung Disease

치료적 복합운동이 제한성 폐질환 노인의 호흡기능과 체간자세 개선에 미치는 효과

  • Wang, Joong-San (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Yeoju Institute of Technology)
  • 왕중산 (여주대학교 물리치료과)
  • Received : 2015.07.21
  • Accepted : 2015.09.20
  • Published : 2015.09.28


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of trunk mobilization and stretching activities on respiratory function, trunk posture, and physical fatigue for elderlies with restrictive lung diseases and related respiratory impairment. The present study was conducted with ten subjects, participating for eight weeks between January and November 2014. Subjects performed trunk mobilization and stretching routines for 30 minutes per day for three days each week. The study results showed that there were significant improvements in FVC and FEV1, trunk posture, trunk movement and physical fatigue(p<.05). The study results verified that trunk mobilization and stretching activities can be used as respiratory orthopedic manual therapy to improve respiratory function, trunk posture, trunk movement and physical fatigue simultaneously for elderly with respiratory impairment. Continuous studies through therapeutic convergence with the exercise field along with the respiratory orthopedic manual therapy that used in this study for elderly people with restrictive lung diseases will be necessary for the future.


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