The effect of thoracic muscle energy technique on FVC and FEV measurements

McKenzie, Craig and Gosling, Cameron (2004) The effect of thoracic muscle energy technique on FVC and FEV measurements. Coursework Master thesis, Vcitoria University.


Background and objectives: Current research on respiratory diseases is mainly focused on the effects of drug treatments, however much less work has looked into the use of manual treatments of patients with symptoms of respiratory dysfunction. Studies currently being conducted through Victoria University are attempting to investigate whether manual treatments, such as HVLA and Lymphatic Pump techniques have an effect on lung function. There has however been no research into the effect of Muscle Energy Technique (MET) on measurable respiratory function even though it is such a widely used technique. This study aims to identify whether MET leads to a measurable change in ventilatory function in asymptomatic individuals. Conclusion: Thoracic MET performed on asymptomatic volunteers had no significant effect on FVC or FEV measurements immediately post, 10 minutes post or 20 minutes post-intervention. This minor thesis was written by post-graduate students as part of the requirements of the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) program.

Item type Thesis (Coursework Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords muscle energy technique, osteopathy, ventilatory function, spirometry, thoracic spine, Osteopathy Masters Projects
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