Effectiveness of Myofascial Release on Diaphragm thickness and excursion in smokers and non-smokers

Published: 29 April 2024| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/xy6yhg8n5n.1


MFR has shown to be effective in improving the pulmonary functions, lung compliance in asymptomatic individuals and patient with obstructive lung disease such as COPD. As the diaphragm is an inspiratory muscle with morphological characteristic such as thickness and its ability to excurse during breathing. There is no literature available in context to monitor the change in thickness and excursion of diaphragm after manual release technique under quite breathing and deep breathing circumstances. It has been noted that patients with poor respiratory functions have impaired diaphragm excursion and thickness. Therefore, there was a need to explore the impact of manual therapeutic intervention on diaphragm thickness and excursion in smokers’ population and its comparison with non-smokers population. The aim of the study was to explore the effectiveness of myofascial release on diaphragm thickness and excursion in smokers and non-smokers population.



Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation


Ultrasonography, Respiratory Muscle, Diaphragm Muscle