A study to determine the effect of respiratory proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) exercises on the pulmonary function in geriatric population: An interventional study
Dr. Dhara B Desai, Dr. Ayesha S Mulla
Background and Purpose: Geriatric people undergo with various age related changes, which hamper their performance and health. Pulmonary and cardiovascular changes are more crucial and pronounced among these changes. Accordingly, it was needed to develop techniques which help to improve their cardiovascular fitness and health related quality of life. The purpose of this study was to determine whether respiratory proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation exercise improves the pulmonary function in geriatric population.
Subjects and Methods: 35 geriatric subjects with age of ? 60 years were selected and respiratory PNF exercise was given for 4 weeks for 20 minutes/session and 5 sessions/week. PFT parameters FEV1, FVC and FEV1/FVC ratio were assessed at starting and at the end of 4 weeks.
Results: Paired t test was used to assess the effectiveness of intervention. P value was set at <0.05. All the assessed PFT parameters were significantly improved post intervention.
Conclusion: The results of the study concluded that respiratory PNF exercise improves the pulmonary function in geriatric population.