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Pilot study exploring manual therapy on the diaphragm for asthmatic patients

This small study of 32 patients explored the effect of diaphragmatic stretching on some measures of asthmatic function, including respiratory pressures, rib-cage excursion, and spinal mobility. The authors found an increase in maximum inspiratory pressure 5 minutes after treatment, and increased flexibility and mobility of the rib-cage 20 minutes after treatment.

The full paper is available online at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1746068917301517.

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