What does pulmonary rehabilitation involve?
Pulmonary rehabilitation, or respiratory therapy program, is a medically based exercise and education program, which is specifically planned for patients suffering from chronic lung diseases.
Patients enrolling in these programs are guided through an eight-week course during which safe exercise principles are taught.
The emphasis of this program is on minimizing the symptoms of breathlessness, as well as planning strategies that help cope with daily activities.
Pulmonary rehabilitation can help the patient learn breathing techniques and increase strength. You can participate in pulmonary rehabilitation even while you are on supplemental oxygen therapy. Most patients have reported improved breathing and better quality of life with the addition of exercise to their treatment plan.