Asthma

Lean forward for best results

Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015


The pulmonary effects of salbutamol can be improved by inhaling in a forward leaning body posture with the neck extended, researcher say. 

The pilot study of 41 asthmatic children found that leaning forward in the so called “sniffing position” resulted in a significantly higher average FEV1 reversibility after inhalation of 200μgr salbutamol compared to the standard method of using an inhaler (10.2% versus 4.1%, p=0.019).

Mean MEF75 was significantly more reversible in the forward leaning body posture group versus the standard body posture group (32.2% resp. 8.9%, p=0.013).

This effect is possibly due to a higher pulmonary deposition of salbutamol and should be confirmed in a randomized controlled trial, the researchers concluded in their paper published in Respiratory Medicine.

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