Exercise training is the basic component of pulmonary rehabilitation, but psychosocial support, breathing exercises, respiratory muscle training and other interventions are also utilized. Patients with chronic lung disease will often experience improvement in their functional independence.
Entry into our program is by referral from the patient’s pulmonary specialist, or primary care physician, and a screening process then takes place. If the patient qualifies, a cardiopulmonary exercise test is performed and the patient then enters our program. The length of our rehabilitation program is then determined and the patient can attend sessions several days per week. At the conclusion of our program, a complete report, including suggestions for self-maintenance is sent to the referring physician. All patients then receive an individualized exercise prescription from our team.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation - An Overview
- Chronic bronchitis
- Complicated asthma
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Chronic lung disease
Pursed-lip breathing - With this exercise, inhaling in through the nose and exhaling out through pursed lips makes breathing easier. It can also help you regain control if you’re having trouble catching your breath.
Treadmill - The use of this exercise machine helps increase endurance, cardiovascular function and muscle strength. The machine also increases strength in the muscles that are used the most during walking.
Stationary bike - This exercise equipment can increase overall fitness; strength, endurance also builds leg muscles.
Arm ergometry - Described as a bicycle for the arms, patients use this machine to strengthen upper body muscles (forearms, chest, and back). Wattage/tension and repetitions are usually determined according to the patient’s ability.
Muscle training - These exercises include bench pressing, leg extension and lateral pull-downs. They helps build and restore the body around the lungs, so that the more muscle patients have to power the body, the more strength and effort they have to walk.
Stress management - Specialists help patients become aware of their anxiety levels, which is accompanied by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Patients are encouraged not to become anxious when they have shortness of breath.
|Maryann Langis, RRT
Coordinator of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
|Sue Palo, R.N., B.C., M.A.
Director of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation