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Influence of hydrotherapy on lung function, respiratory muscle strength and thoracoabdominal mobility in women with Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Grant number: 13/16008-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2013
Effective date (End): May 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal Investigator:Ester da Silva
Grantee:Meire Forti
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/22122-5 - Study of the biomechanical, sensorial, cardiorespiratory and quality of life adaptations associated to physical therapy intervention in the fibromyalgic syndrome, AP.TEM


The fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is associated with a variety of symptoms besides musculoskeletal pain, such as fatigue and dyspnea, which may be related to respiratory abnormalities. Hydrotherapy has been proposed as a treatment for FMS, however studies about its influence on the respiratory system in women with FMS are scarce. The objective of this study is to investigate the influence of hydrotherapy on pulmonary function, respiratory muscle strength and thoracoabdominal mobility of women with FMS. Women with diagnosis of FMS will take part in the study and will be randomized into trained (TG) and control groups (CG). Participants will be submitted to evaluation of pain pressure threshold, lung function, respiratory muscle strength and thoracoabdominal mobility. Questionnaires to assess the level of physical activity, the impact of fibromyalgia, quality of life, clinical symptoms of depression and anxiety and sleep quality will be applied. The GT will be submitted to a hydrotherapy program consisting of 2 weekly sessions of 1 h during 16 weeks. The data normality will be tested using the Shapiro-Wilk test (± = 5%) and then we will determine the proper statistical test for data analysis.

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
FORTI, MEIRE; ZAMUNER, ANTONIO R.; ANDRADE, CAROLINA P.; SILVA, ESTER. Lung Function, Respiratory Muscle Strength, and Thoracoabdominal Mobility in Women With Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Respiratory Care, v. 61, n. 10, p. 1384-1390, OCT 2016. Web of Science Citations: 5.

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