Intern. Med. volume 35, issue 10, P756-763 1996 DOI: 10.2169/internalmedicine.35.756 View full text
Keisaku FUJIMOTO, Keishi KUBO, Takashige MIYAHARA, Yukinori MATSUZAWA, Toshio KOBAYASHI, Chieko ONO, Naoei ITO

Abstract: It has been suggested that respiratory muscle dysfunction plays a major role in the development of acute ventilatory failure in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this study, wedevised a respiratory muscle relaxation maneuverusing wedge-shapedwooden plates, with which pressure was exerted on the intercostal and accessory respiratory muscles by hand, or by tapping with a woodenhammer,for 15-20 minutes twice a day. The muscle relaxation maneuverwas performed in 5 moderate to severe p…

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