Acute Effects After Stretching Respiratory Muscles on Ventilatory Pattern and Volume Distribution of Chest Wall


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Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- patients post-stroke with right hemiparesis no more than 3 months, from both sexes, aged above 20 years, score between 1 and 3 according to Ashworth Scale for upper limbs, score above 85 according to Barthel Index and a minimum punctuation of 18 for Mini Mental State Examination.

Exclusion Criteria

- Volunteers presenting facial paralysis; rheumatic or orthopedic diseases; spinal abnormalities or deformities that compromise the respiratory mechanics; spirometry with forced expired volume in the first second (FEV1) bellow 80% from predicted values and FEV1∕forced vital capacity (FVC) ≤ .7; presenting respiratory comorbidities; recent history of thoracic or abdominal surgery; hemodynamic instability or pregnancy.