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Background and Purpose:
Chronic respiratory diseases is prevalent in India account for 32% of the total population, among which COPD and Asthma are majorly predominant with 75.6% and 20% respectively. With the burden of the disease being so high, multimodal approach is required to cater to the symptoms effectively. Matrix Rhythm Therapy (MaRhyThe©), a novel treatment approach, focuses on correcting the disrupted rhythms at the cellular level which promotes healing and restores normal physiological and functional levels in the body. Hence, aim of the study was to determine and compare the impact of MaRhyThe© and conventional chest -physiotherapy on bronchial hygiene.
30 individuals were recruited and randomized into two groups of 15 each; Control or Experimental using an online random number generator. The Control group was given conventional physiotherapy (Flutter and breathing exercises), while the Experimental group received two additional sessions of MaRhyThe© in addition to conventional physiotherapy. Outcome measures, including sputum quantity, PFT values, and chest expansion at three different levels were recorded at baseline and on the 7th day for both groups. Both groups received treatment twice a day for 7 days.
The intragroup data analysis showed that both the groups, individually, showed statistically significant improvement in all three variables (p<0.05) except FEV1/FVC ratio. Intergroup analysis showed a statistical significance in group B in improving secretion clearance and thoracic excursion, as evidenced by the significant differences in those two parameters. (p<0.05)
MaRhyThe© shows great potential as a treatment that could significantly enhance Bronchial Hygiene, although it may require extended treatment periods in order to see positive effects on PFT parameters.