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Keywords:

  • Complementary therapy;
  • Feldenkrais Method;
  • mind–body therapy;
  • respiratory disease

Abstract

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.