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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: July | Volume: 8 | Issue: 7 | Pages: 135-140

Effect of Pursed Lip Breathing and Mouth Mask on Dyspnea in Healthy Individuals-A Pilot Study

Shivangi Sachdeva1, Sonia Pawaria2, Sheetal Kalra3

1MPT student, Faculty of Physiotherapy, SGT University
2Assistant Professor, Faculty of Physiotherapy, SGT University
3Associate Dean, Professor, Faculty of Physiotherapy, SGT University, Gurugram, India

Corresponding Author: Sonia Pawaria


Background: Dyspnea or shortness of breath is a common symptom both in general practice and hospital emergency rooms affecting the patients seen in the ambulatory setting. It has been observed that healthy subjects may also experience dyspnea in intense emotional states and during heavy exercises.
Methods: Thirty male and female subjects of age group 20-32 years and with normal BMI were randomly assigned into two groups, fifteen subjects in each group. Subjects in Group A (n=15) performed pursed lip breathing and Group B (n=15) performed the pursed lip breathing through Mouth Mask. All subjects were assessed for vitals including their Heart rate, Respiratory rate, Blood Pressure before and after the procedure. Outcome measures in the form of Treadmill walking time and level of dyspnea according to Modified Borg scale was assessed after the procedure.
Result: Pursed Lip Breathing through Mouth Mask showed significant improvement in relieving dyspnea and increasing treadmill walking time compared to pursed lip breathing. Both the groups proved themselves to be equally effective in recovery of vital parameters to baseline.
Conclusion: Result of the study proved that pursed lip breathing through Mouth Mask showed significantly higher improvement in relieving dyspnea and in increasing the treadmill walking time.

Key words: Dyspnea relief, Treadmill walking time, Pursed Lip Breathing, Mouth Mask.

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