Chronic lung diseases can affect every aspect of life, even simple activities of daily living that most people take for granted such as fixing a meal, taking a bath, brushing teeth, or going up and down stairs.
Our pulmonary rehabilitation program helps patients suffering from pulmonary diseases to:
- Return to their highest possible functional ability
- Decrease overall respiratory symptoms and complications
- Increase independence by learning self management tools
- Improve physical conditioning and exercise performance
- Improve emotional well being
- Reduce hospitalizations and physician office visits
Pulmonary rehabilitation is necessary especially after an acute exacerbation of COPD, asthma, or other restrictive lung diseases that require a doctor's office visit or hospitalization, as well as following a lung transplant or other kinds of lung surgeries.
The pulmonary rehabilitation team includes your physician, an exercise physiologist, a respiratory therapist, social workers, dieticians, and other educators as needed.
If you have a chronic lung disease, regular exercise offers you the following benefits:
- Strengthening remaining lung tissue and improving its ability to use oxygen more effectively (exercise cannot repair damage already done to your lungs)
- Helping you have more control of your condition
- Strengthening the muscles you use for breathing, as well as your arm and leg muscles, helping you to perform your activities of daily living with less effort and improving your quality of life
- Helping you maintain your independence by making routine activities easier
- Decreasing the need for hospitalization
- Helping to maintain your weight - excess fat, especially around the abdomen, can press on the diaphragm , making breathing more difficult
- Stopping the vicious cycle of inactivity - the less you do, the less you will be able to do
Located on the second floor between the hospital and the Budge Clinic
Phone: (435) 716-5323