IMT improves aerobic capacity & pulmonary function in patients with AS

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic condition in which the spine and other areas of the body become inflamed, with symptoms usually involving back pain and stiffness that improves with exercise and isn’t relieved by rest; pain and swelling in other parts of the body, such as the hips, knees and ribs; and extreme fatigue.

The objective of this randomised controlled study was to evaluate the impact of inspiratory muscle training on aerobic capacity and pulmonary function in patients with AS.


Inspiratory muscle training improves aerobic capacity and pulmonary function in patients with ankylosing spondylitis: A randomized controlled study

Răzvan-Gabriel Drăgoi, Elena Amaricai, Mihai Drăgoi, Horatiu Popoviciu, Claudiu Avram


Ankylosing spondylitis patients who performed eight weeks of inspiratory muscle training associated to conventional exercise training had an increased chest expansion, a better aerobic capacity, resting pulmonary function and ventilatory efficiency than those who performed conventional exercise training only.

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