Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program that helps to improve the well-being of children with chronic breathing problems. At pulmonary rehab, you will learn about your lungs and how to live better with lung disease. You will learn to exercise, how to be active with less shortness of breath, and how to be active for longer periods of time.
Symptoms associated with pulmonary conditions or breathing issues include:
- Muscle weakness
- De-conditioning or decreased endurance
- Shortness of breath with only a little activity/exercise
- Not able to tolerance exercise
- Poor posture
- Changes in the appearance and shape of the chest (rib cage)
- Poor breathing patterns
- Poor nutrition or nutritional concerns
- Overall anxiety
What to expect at a rehab evaluation:
The rehab evaluation includes a review of your; medical history, body systems, relevant medical tests and current lifestyle.
The therapist will perform an examination that might include asking you to perform some activities. One example of a test is the 6-minute walk test. This tests your capacity for physical activity.
The therapist will discuss your current condition, needs, concerns and limits in your daily life.
You will learn about:
- Your lungs and how to live better with lung disease
- How to breathe
- How to exercise
- How to be active with less shortness of breath
- How to be active for longer periods of time
- How to conserve energy
- Good nutrition
- Be referred for psychological counseling
- Learn about additional resources and group support