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AGUIAR, Francine de; RECH, Rosita Espíndola Santos  and  KOCK, Kelser de Souza. Physiotherapeutic intervention in snoring adults. Fisioter. mov. (Impr.) [online]. 2010, vol.23, n.1, pp.11-23. ISSN 1980-5918.

INTRODUCTION: The snoring is characterized as the sound vibration of the soft tissues of the pharynx, due to difficulty is that the air as it passes through the upper airway with partial obstruction. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effectiveness of physiotherapeutic intervention in adult apnea, attended clinic school at the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Unisul). METHOD: It is an explanatory research, quantitative and almost experimental. In the first phase the sample was composed of 7 persons residing in the city of Tubarão and the second phase 3 participants were part of physiotherapeutic intervention. The data were treated with descriptive statistics (mean and standard deviation), inferential (Wilcoxon test with p < 0.05) and Pearson correlation. RESULTS: In the first phase, linking the scale of Epworth with the variables analyzed, women had greater propensity to sleep, individuals over 50 years and with BMI > 25 had higher excessive daytime sleepiness and quality of life was lower in individuals with higher score on the scale. The results before and after physiotherapeutic intervention, described in the second phase, 2 subjects decreased the score on the scale of Epworth and 1 increased, there was an increase in scores of SF36-related quality of life, 2 individuals increased BMI and 1 reduced and all participants decreased the circumference of the neck and head of protrusion. CONCLUSION: The physiotherapy can provide good results in the treatment of snoring, contributing to the reduction of excessive daytime sleepiness and better life quality.

Keywords : Snore; Excessive daytime sleepiness; Life quality; Physiotherapy.

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