Journal of Physiotherapy & Physical Rehabilitation

ISSN: 2573-0312

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Measurement of Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR) to Predict Prevalence of Abdominal Muscle Weakness in Multipara Women-A Cross-Sectional Study


Sarawgi A*, Diwate A and Ahya N

Due to multiparity, woman face abdominal weakness due to consecutive increase of size of uterus and hormonal changes and this can be measured using peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR). That force of expiration is less in multipara women than uniparous or nulliparous women since abdominal muscle are responsible for it. To evaluate the presence of abdominal muscle weakness in multipara woman by measuring peak expiratory flow rate. 100 participants were selected who were multipara women from 18-45 years of age and with postpartum period of at least one year women who were known case of hernia, stress incontinence, musculoskeletal disorder of spine, respiratory disorder or facial palsy. Material-Airflow® Peak flow meter, Peak flow meter measurement and Manual Muscle testing of abdominal muscle were done and then the results were co related. By the acquired statistics it was concluded that there is no co-relation between the measurement of PEFR and prediction of abdominal weakness in multipara women. In future PEFR can be used as a test to detect abdominal weakness and further preventive measures can be taken.


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