Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of exercise and education that helps you manage your breathing problem, increase your stamina and decrease your breathlessness.
The exercise part of the program involves exercise sessions that are tailor made for you and supervised by our chartered physiotherapists. The exercises are designed to start at a level that you can handle and they build you up gradually over time.
As you progress, the amount of time you exercise will be increased and the level of difficulty will change based on your ability. As your muscles get stronger, you will be more active with less breathlessness and be less tired.
The education part of the program teaches you:
- How to pace your breathing with your activities
- Chest physiotherapy techniques to help clear your lungs
- Breathing and relaxation techniques
- The importance of exercise and how to do it safely
- Oxygen therapy
- Goal setting and rewards
- How to use your inhaler
- When to seek help
It is so very important that you continue to exercise after finishing your rehabilitation program or you will lose the benefit you have gained. Before you “graduate”, we will design a long-term plan of exercise for you for home so you can continue with your progress.