Pulmonary rehabilitation will help you manage and improve lung and breathing strength by teaching you proper breathing techniques. Pulmonary rehabilitation is helpful in managing various kinds of chronic respiratory disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD ) and pulmonary fibrosis. Even if you have advanced lung disease, you can still benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation.
Goals of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
The goals of pulmonary rehabilitation are to improve your overall quality of life by reducing symptoms and increasing your participation in physical and social activities. We’ll help you achieve these goals through education (for both you and your family), exercise and assessment of behaviors and outcomes. The rehabilitation program is created to meet your unique needs and includes assistance from a team of medical professionals.
The pulmonary rehabilitation team includes respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians and physicians. They will work with you to create a plan of exercise and lifestyle changes that is customized to your abilities and needs. You will attend rehabilitation twice each week at the hospital and also follow the plan at home.
Phase I begins with your physician referral to the pulmonary rehabilitation program. This includes both exercise and education from our team. You will be joined by others who have pulmonary disease. The staff will monitor your exercise and keep your physician informed of your progress.
The program is designed to help you regain strength and help your lungs to perform better during daily activities. In addition to exercise, the program includes education to help you understand your disease and identify areas that can help with your breathing.
Phase II consists of an ongoing exercise program to help you maintain current physical levels. It also includes the opportunity to talk with pulmonary rehabilitation staff about concerns and questions you may have. Phase II of pulmonary rehabilitation is not covered by insurance, but costs are reasonable.