A meta-analysis of children with cerebral palsy found that physical therapy had a positive effect on maximal inspiratory pressure, maximal expiratory pressure, and peak expiratory flow, according to the results of a recent study published in the Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal.

A search of the PubMed, Embase, CINAHL, Web of Science, Medline, OVID SP, Cochrane, EBSCO nursing, EBSCO Academic Search Ultimate, and PsycINFO databases identified 1508 articles studies assessing the effect of physical therapy on the respiratory system in children with cerebral palsy. Data extracted included descriptions of the interventions and study results; outcomes of interest were changes in spirometry and respiratory muscle strength.

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