MODIFICAZIONI DELLA FUNZIONE RESPIRATORIA IN PARKINSONIANI SOTTOPOSTI A RIEDUCAZIONE NEUROMOTORIA

Translated title of the contribution: Modification of respiratory function in patients with Parkinson disease subjected to neuromotor rehabilitation

E. Benevolo, P. Serpero

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Abstract

The authors have studied the respiratory function by means of spirometric and hemogasanalytic tests performed in a group of 15 patients suffering from parkinsonian syndrome with a severe degree of disability and who underwent a 60-day cycle of rehabilitation aimed at recovering their neuromotor deficit. In basal conditions, the restrictive repiratory deficit found in the subjects examined was rather small and likely to be due to the decreased expansibility of the thoracic cage in connection with the reduced overall motor functionality, particularly as regards the respiratory muscles. The physiokinesitherapeutic programme, although not being specifically designed for the respiratory system, has allowed not only to increase, the overall motor performance but also to increase, to a statistically significant extent, some parameters of both static and dynamic respiratory functionality. The authors suggest that the increased spirometric parameters may be related, on the one hand, to the greater use of the respiratory muscles and on the other hand, to the better coordination of the thoracic musculature and osteoarticular structures.

Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)241-247
Number of pages7
JournalRiabilitazione
Volume26
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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