Individuals with chronic lung disease know that breathing is sometimes hard work.
The slightest activity may cause shortness of breath impacting day-to-day functioning and quality of life. It’s not uncommon for people to say that climbing just one flight of stairs or simply walking to the mailbox causes difficulty breathing. Consequently, some people become less active which negatively impacts their physical health—including breathing. That’s where pulmonary rehabilitation comes in.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a personalized, supervised program that includes exercise classes and education about your lung disease or condition.
Participating in pulmonary rehabilitation will not cure or reverse lung disease, but it may make breathing easier and help you resume more activities. Our outpatient rehabilitation sessions are held three days per week for 12 weeks. Each session lasts approximately two hours.
Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is designed to help patients with several chronic respiratory conditions, including:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Chronic bronchitis
- Pulmonary hypertension
Pulmonary Rehabilitation education classes provide you with information about:
- Your pulmonary condition
- Normal and diseased lung processes
- How to use medications and oxygen appropriately
- Breathing retraining
- Diet, nutrition, and weight management
- Stress management
- Energy conservation
- Risk factors
Pulmonary Rehabilitation exercise sessions are tailored to your needs and abilities. Our planned set of exercises focuses on improving your quality of life and may:
- Allow you to be more physically active with less shortness of breath
- Increase strength and endurance
- Produce higher energy levels
- Improve your ability to cope with daily activities
- Decrease symptoms
- Better manage anxiety and depression
Pulmonary Rehabilitation sessions occur in the cardiopulmonary gym on the fourth floor of the Wright Family Medical Pavilion. For more information, please call 740.393.9692.
The Respiratory Care Staff are licensed as Respiratory Care Practitioners by the Ohio Respiratory Care Board.