The effect of Combining Manual Therapy with Exercise on the Respiratory Function of Normal Individuals

The objective of this study was to explore the effect of combining manual therapy with exercise on respiratory function in normal individuals.

The exercise only group showed a significant decrease in FVC (Forced Vital Capacity – inhalation).
The manual therapy only group showed a significant increase in inhalation. Manual therapy and exercise showed increases in inhalation and FEV (Forced Expiratory Volume – exhalation) immediately after manual therapy followed by an additional increase after exercise. Participants in the control group showed no change in inhalation or exhalation.

Manual Therapy appears to increase the respiratory function of normal individuals. The potential for this intervention administered before exercise to permit additional tolerance within the respiratory system that could allow an extended exercise program than was previously possible is discussed.

Roger M. Engel, DC, DO, Subramanyam Vermulpad, MSc, PhD
References: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Colume 31, Issue 3, Pages 237-246 (March 2008)

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