What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is an 8-week, bi-weekly program designed to help people with chronic lung disease, including:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis
- Restrictive lung disease (including pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis and interstitial lung disease)
Sessions are held twice weekly for two hours. Each session includes education and exercise.
What Will I Learn?
- During your sessions you will learn about:
- Lung function
- Your specific lung disease
- Breathing effectively
- Developing a home exercise program
- Proper use and care of respiratory equipment
- Getting rid of excess mucous
- Your specific medications
- Following a well-balanced diet
- Relaxation techniques and dealing with stress
- When to call the doctor
Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Pulmonary rehabilitation sessions are presented using a multidisciplinary team approach. You will work with nurses, respiratory therapists, exercise specialists, pharmacists, social workers and dietitians.
Some of the benefits of participation may include:
- Decrease in respiratory symptoms
- Improvement in exercise capacity
- Reduced frequency of hospitalization
- Improvement in ability to perform day-to-day activities
- Improved quality of life
Pulmonary rehabilitation is covered by most insurance plans. A referral is needed from your primary care provider or pulmonologist.