Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
(COPD) is a common, preventable and treatable disease
that is characterized by acute Exacerbation causing
breathless, cough, and respiratory distress. Review of
various studies indicated that diaphragmatic stretching
and rib stretching improves pulmonary function.
Aim of the study: The Aim of the study to compare the
effectiveness of diaphragmatic stretch and rib stretch on
improving pulmonary function and thoracic excursion in
subjects with COPD along with conventional
Methods: Total of 72 subjects were selected, out of those
66 subjects were included who met the inclusion criteria
and willing to participate in the study after obtaining the
consent form were included. These 66 subjects are
divided into two groups by sample of convince. In which
6 subjects dropped from the study due to change in the
medication. The study was completed with the sample of
60 subjects, Group A (N=30) Diaphragmatic Stretching
and Group B (N=30) Rib Stretching exercises. Both
groups performed intervention for 1 hour a day, 5 days a
week for 4 weeks. The outcomes of the study were
FEV1/FVC ratio and thoracic excursion.
Results: Paired T test was used to access the statistical
significance within the group, Independent T test was
used to access the statistical significance between the
groups, Statistical analysis of the data revealed that
diaphragmatic stretching group has more difference
when compared to rib stretching group.
Keywords : Diaphragmatic Stretching, Rib Stretching, Pulmonary Function, Thoracic Excursion, FEV1/FVC Ratio, Chest Expansion.