Preliminary evidence on the Feldenkrais Method as an alternative therapy for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Ayiesah Ramli, Joseph H. Leonard, Roslan Harun

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    Background The Feldenkrais Method (FM) is an alternative therapy used by patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, evidence of the effectiveness of the FM among persons with COPD is lacking. Objective To investigate the impact of the FM in patients with COPD. Methods An observational pilot study was conducted in 11 COPD patients attending a university teaching hospital. The FM was administered for a period of 8 weeks. The 6-min walking test (6MWT) was used to measure functional capacity; forced expiratory volume in 1-s, predicted percent (FEV1 pred %) was used to evaluate lung function, and the Health-Related Quality of Life questionnaire was used to measure QoL before and after the intervention. Results Paired t-tests showed significant improvements in 6MWT from baseline to 8 weeks post-FM [P=0.01, t=-4.869, difference (Df)=10, 95% confidence interval (CI): -113.9, 42.4] with a large effect size (d=0.72). Similarly, there was a significant improvement in the FEV1 pred % (P=0.01, t=6.278, Df=10, 95% CI: 17.9, -37.6) with a large effect size (d=-2.0). Conclusion The FM improve functional capacity and lung function among patients with COPD.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)126-132
    Number of pages7
    JournalFocus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies
    Volume18
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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    Complementary Therapies
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    Forced Expiratory Volume
    Walking
    Confidence Intervals
    Lung Volume Measurements
    Teaching Hospitals
    Observational Studies
    Quality of Life
    Lung

    Keywords

    • Complementary therapy
    • Feldenkrais Method
    • mind-body therapy
    • respiratory disease

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Complementary and alternative medicine

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    Preliminary evidence on the Feldenkrais Method as an alternative therapy for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. / Ramli, Ayiesah; Leonard, Joseph H.; Harun, Roslan.

    In: Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Vol. 18, No. 3, 09.2013, p. 126-132.

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