If you have been diagnosed with a chronic lung condition, your doctor may recommend pulmonary rehabilitation. Pulmonary rehab (PR) is a program that helps people with chronic breathing problems improve their ability to function and quality of life.
The pulmonary rehabilitation program usually consists of three phases.
In the first phase, you will work with a respiratory therapist who will teach you how to use your lungs better. You will also learn about your disease and how to take care of yourself.
In the second phase, you will start to exercise. The therapist will help you find an activity that is right for you. You may also learn how to use a breathing machine called a ventilator.
In the third phase, you will continue to exercise and learn more about your disease. You will also learn how to avoid things that can make your disease worse.
If you suffer from any of the following conditions your doctor may recommend pulmonary rehabilitation.
What you learn during rehabilitation can help you take control of your chronic lung condition During rehabilitation, you’ll learn about different aspects of COPD management, including:
All of these aspects are essential in assisting you in regaining control of your lung condition and improving your quality of life.
Most programs meet two to three times a week and can last anywhere from four to twelve weeks or more. Because the program staff is constantly monitoring your progress and increasing your exercises as you are able, attending every session is important. However, if you have to miss a session for unavoidable reasons, make sure to speak with the staff so they can help you catch up. Missing sessions can set back your progress and might cause you to need more time in the program.
After successfully completing out pulmonary rehabilitation program you should be able to:
It is critical that you continue to exercise after completing your rehabilitation program, so you don’t lose the progress you have made. Before graduating, the pulmonary rehabilitation team will create a long-term exercise strategy for you. Many programs provide a “maintenance” plan so that you may keep exercising with others who suffer from breathing issues.
Most people who have completed a pulmonary rehab program find they need less medication and feel better overall. A regular exercise routine helps keep the lungs healthy and functioning well. Exercise also strengthens the heart and improves blood circulation. Talk with your doctor before starting any new exercises, especially if you are out of shape or have other health conditions.
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