Effectiveness of Buteyko breathing exercise on quality of life of asthmatic school children
Dr. K Kavitha and Dr. T Kalyani Devi
Hospitalization in children due to asthma is considerably higher than any other illness. Hyperventilation symptoms of asthma can be controlled by performing various breathing exercises like Buteyko breathing technique or any other similar intervention that manipulates the breathing pattern.
Objectives: The aim is to know the effectiveness of Buteyko breathing exercise among asthmatic children.
Materials and methods: One group pre-test post-test design was used. A sample of 80 children diagnosed as asthmatics was selected by using purposive sampling technique. A mini pediatric asthma quality of life questionnaire was used to assess the quality of life of asthmatic school children.
Results: The paired t-test value shows, there was a significant improvement in the quality of life suggesting that the Buteyko breathing exercise is effective in improving the quality of life of asthmatic children.
Conclusion: Buteyko breathing exercise is proved to be effective in improving the quality of life of asthmatic school children.