Pulmonary rehab is a unique form of rehabilitation that is designed and modified for patients that have been severely weakened or fatigued by chronic or acute lung disease. A person receiving pulmonary rehabilitation will be able to experience an increased level of exercise. This can become freeing for patients who feel trapped by breathing difficulties. Patients who receive pulmonary rehab often notice an improvement in their overall health and quality of life.
Pulmonary rehab uniquely combines two activities vital to achieving successful health changes—education and exercise. When patients receive pulmonary rehab, they will learn about lung disease, what to do to manage it, things to avoid, and best practices for lung health. They also learn how to safely and effectively exercise while having lung problems without experiencing shortness of breath or feeling fatigued.
Conditions include COPD or asthma
Pulmonary rehab is usually needed by patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is especially beneficial for those whose condition has progressed to the point that their COPD interrupts daily functions—walking up steps, taking a short walk, or simple excursions, such as shopping or dining out. Pulmonary rehab can also benefit patients who have very severe asthma or other lung diseases that cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
If you have chronic or acute lung disease and want to feel better daily, ask your doctor for a referral. A certified respiratory therapist can help.