Thoracic Manipulation and Pulmonary Function: A Pilot Randomized Study in Non-Disabled Individuals


Physical Therapy


Breathing involves movement of the thorax to inflate the lungs. Many pathologies including injury, illness, and age can result in a stiffened thorax which, in turn, can affect ventilation. Recent studies in clinical populations have established manual physical therapy interventions can significantly improves pulmonary performance, but not in healthy adults. However, the relevance of manual treatment speed (manipulation vs. placebo) remains unknown. The purpose of this pilot study was to determine the effect of manual therapy treatment speed on breathing performance in non-disabled people.

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Publication Date

Spring 2-14-2020

Publication Title

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting

Conference Dates

02/12/2020 - 02/15/2020

Conference Location

Denver, CO