S.SATHYA 1 , K.ANISH FATHIMA 2 , JIBI PAUL3
1,3Faculty of Physiotherapy, DR MGR Educational and Research Institute, Velappanchavadi, Chennai,India
2 Intern Physiotherapy Student, DR MGR Educational and Research Institute, Velappanchavadi, Chennai,India
Background Of The Study: Asthma is the clinical syndrome characterized by wheeze. It occurs in younger age group and is caused by trigger factors such as specific allergens (Pollen grain, Dust, Drug). Acapella combines the benefits of both Positive Expiratory Therapy and airway vibrations to mobilize pulmonary secretions and can be used in virtually any position allowing patients to move freely and sit, stand or recline. Objective of the study was to analyse the impact of exercising with Acapella on the PEFR of Chronic Asthmatics.
Methodology: This was an experimental study conducted among 50 subjects of adoloscent age with chronic asthmatics. They were given exercise with Acapella for a frequency of 10 minutes, single session in a day, for 2 weeks duration. The study was conducted in department of Physiotherapy, ACS MedicalCollege and Hospital. Only chronic asthmatics had been selected in this study. The PEFR was used as a outcome measure for this study. The outcome was measured through PEFR values.
Result:The results were analysed for 50 subjects at the end of the study. The improvement was highly significant in chronic asthmatics who exercised with Acapella.
Conclusion: It was concluded from this experimental study the Acapella had more effect on chronic asthmatics and hence prevent premature collapse of alveoli. As it combines the benefits of positive expiratory pressure or PEP therapy with airway vibrations, which makes exhalation against resistance.
Keywords: Peek Expiratory Flow Rate, Chronic Asthmatics, ACAPELLA, trigger factors