Effectiveness of Diaphragmatic Breathing on Reflux Symptoms in Outpatients

2019-10-15 11:11:18 | BioPortfolio


Researchers are trying to determine if abdominal breathing exercises can reduce symptoms associated with GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease).


Much like the pelvic floor controls urinary incontinence the "abdominal roof" made of the diaphragm appears to have the ability to control reflux. Other studies have had positive results but from extensive training of outpatients. Our population comes from ambulatory outpatients from family medicine at MCJ. After consent they fill out a reflux disease questionnaire (RDQ) a valid instrument for measuring symptoms of reflux. Subjects are educated on the basic concept of the study and then instructed in isolated diaphragm contraction breathing. once they are proficient they are asked to continue this program 3 x 10 repetitions, 3 times per day supplemented by 10 more repetitions after each meal to reduce post prandial symptoms.

Follow up is done at 1, 3 and 6 months and includes reassessment via the RDQ and an assessment of estimated volume of exercise compliance.

Study Design




Diaphragm Training


Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
United States


Enrolling by invitation


Mayo Clinic

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-10-15T11:11:18-0400

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