A Comparative on the Effects of Thoracic Squeeze Technique Versus Manual Diaphragm Release Technique on Sputum Clearance among Patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Keywords:COPD, COPD Assessment Test, Thoracic Squeeze Technique, Manual Diaphragm Release Technique.
Background: The COPD, a prevalent and manageable condition, leads to diminished airflow and tissue damage.
It is associated with structural lung problems caused by prolonged inflammation due to continuous exposure to
harmful particles or gases, particularly from cigarette smoke.
Purpose: To compare the effectiveness of thoracic squeeze technique and manual diaphragm release technique on
sputum clearance among patient with COPD.
Materials and Methods: A total of 30 participants were selected according to inclusion and exclusion criteria
were deliberately sampled. Group A (n=15) received thoracic squeeze technique and the Group B (n=15) received
manual diaphragm release technique. All individuals were assessed for COPD assessment test as a pre-test prior
to the intervention and again after 6 weeks of intervention. The entire process was performed from November
2022 to April 2023.
Result: Statistical analysis was done for all the collected data using paired t- tests. The test shows significant effects (p<0.0001)
in both groups. The test shows that the subjects receiving thoracic squeeze technique have improved sputum clearance among
patients with COPD.
Conclusion: The results and the data obtained from this research was statistically significant and concluded
that there was a definite and positive effect of thoracic squeeze technique on sputum clearance. This can be
recommended in Pulmonary Physiotherapy Practise.
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