Professor Dr. med. Olga V. Balakireva , I. V. Netschay* , Moscow
Chronic obstructive bronchitis (COB) and bronchial asthma (BA) today represent a considerable problem for modern medicine (1). Relevant publications reveal that, in the last 10 years, the incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has grown steadily. Treatment with drugs is not always effective and is frequently accompanied by complications. Complications associated with COPD, such as obstructive emphysema and respiratory insufficiency, are caused, not least, by dysfunction of the inspiratory muscles and the vertebral column (2, 3, 4). Observations revealed that the vertebral column was deformed in 76 % of bronchial asthma patients (fig. 1). Inspiratory muscle fatigue develops as the muscle system responsible for breathing is overstrained through bronchial obstruction and emphysema (5, 6, 7).
When treating bronchial asthma, therapy is gradually intensified. Patients, whose asthma cannot be c...