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BOOK REVIEW
Year : 2005  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 146 Table of Contents   

Breathing exercises and postural drainage for asthma, emphysema and bronchitis


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Chhabra S K. Breathing exercises and postural drainage for asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. Lung India 2005;22:146

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Chhabra S K. Breathing exercises and postural drainage for asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. Lung India [serial online] 2005 [cited 2014 Jul 24];22:146. Available from: http://www.lungindia.com/text.asp?2005/22/4/146/44446

By Dr. J.R. Shah, Publ. Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai

The booklet by Dr J R Shah on breathing exercises and postural drainage for asthma, emphysema and bronchitis is written primarily for the patients suffering from these diseases. These diseases affect a substaintial proportion of population. A large proportion of asthmatics, and majority of patients with emphysema and chronic bronchitis in the natural history of their disease will reach a stage where there is significant disability due to chronic and irreversible changes in the lungs. Drugs are not very effective at this stage and pulmonary rehabilitation becomes a major modality of treatment. Breathing exercises and postural drainage are important components of pulmonary rehabilitation. In most Institutions and busy clinics, physicians have very little time to train and educate patients in this area. There is a dearth of physiotherapists. Thus, this important aspect of management remains ignored.

So far, an easy-to-read and follow resource on breathing exercises and postural drainage was not available for patients. This booklet fills this void. After a brief introductin to anatomy and physiology of lungs, the author describes where faults occur in diseases and what the objective of these exercises is. The breathing exercises are then described through excellent illustrations, detailing the positions and the procedures of breathing. The part on postural drainage is a bit disappointing. This section is difficult for patients to understand. Absence of figures showing lung lobes and segments is a drawback. However, this section should be of value to a physiotherapist or a physician.

The booklet should be of immense value to both practicing physicians and residents and also as a ready reference for physiotherapists for training the patients in pulmonary rehabilitation. The patients will benefit from the section on breathing exercises as this is written in simple language and is not difficult.




 

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