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Year: 2019 | Month: January | Volume: 9 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 280-286

Pilates Training: for Improving Respiratory Function a Systematic Review

Harneet Kaur1, Maman Paul2

1Research Scholar, Department of Physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar-143005, Punjab, India
2Assistant Professor, Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar-143005, Punjab, India

Corresponding Author: Harneet Kaur


Background: The aim of this study was to systematically review the researches based on the effects of pilates exercises on pulmonary function and static respiratory pressures.
Materials and Methods: MEDLINE, Elsevier, ProQuest, PubMed, Scopus, Springer and Google databases were explored till December 2017. Studies published in English language were included. The respiratory and cardiac parameters studied along with other musculoskeletal parameters were considered in this study. Out of the total 41 studies reviewed, 11 studies met our inclusion criteria.
Results: Significant improvements in respiratory pressures were observed post pilates training in various subjects. Some parameters of the pulmonary function were also improved along with the improved thoracoabdominal mobility.
Conclusion: Based on the findings of the present study pilates exercises are suggested for enhancing the respiratory function and pressures in varied subjects.

Key words: Maximal Inspiratory Pressure, Maximal Expiratory Pressure, Pulmonary function test, systematic review, pilates exercises.

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