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Pulmonary Rehabilitation Basics

Exercise as a treatment for shortness of breath? For the person struggling with breathlessness due to emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, or other chronic lung disease, exercising might seem impossible. But comprehensive Pulmonary Rehab is becoming increasingly recognized as the gold standard of treatment for many of these illnesses.

"I don't know if I can do this!!! What will they make me do in Pulmonary Rehab? What is it like?"

This question is on the mind of every person beginning a Pulmonary Rehab program. Although every program is different, here are some things you can expect.

Six minute walk. You might walk with a therapist or nurse while having your oxygen monitored. Don't worry. They only count the distance you cover. If you walk for one minute and rest for five, that's alright. Remember. It's just a start.

Warm up stretches and strengthening. You might work with wooden dowls, stretchy bands, or light weights.

A variety of equipment. Stationary bikes, bikes with arm movement, arm peddlers, rowing machines, recumbent steppers, and treadmills are just some of the equipment you might have the option to use. Remember, the staff at pulmonary rehab is used to working with people with shortness of breath. They'll help your exercise to be as slow as you need it and fun .

What you need to know. You'll also attend classes in which you learn about your lungs, medications, diet, special breathing techniques, ways to relax, and ways to cope with shortness of breath.

Justine

Nick

For more on Pulmonary Rehab, and Justine and Nick's complete stories, as well as other stories, read Breathe Better, Live in Wellness.

 

To find a certified pulmonary rehab program near you, click on the link below:

http://www.aacvpr.org/resources/search_program.cfm

 

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