Pulmonary Rehabilitation

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is an 8-week, bi-weekly program designed to help people with chronic lung disease, including: 

  • Asthma 
  • 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.

For more information on our program please call (904) 308-7560.