includes a program of exercises that helps build physical fitness. FCMC pulmonary rehab teaches our patients breathing techniques and strategies for living better with COPD. The most important part of any pulmonary rehabilitation program for COPD is exercise.
Education in Pulmonary Rehab for COPD
Teaching sessions generally focus on:
- Understanding your medication treatment plan. This includes using inhalers the right way and on a consistent schedule.
- How to understand and use oxygen therapy.
- Quitting smoking and staying away from cigarettes after quitting.
- Eating a healthy diet.
Studies show that people who learn about their COPD and treatment plan are better able to recognize symptoms and take appropriate action.
Benefits of Pulmonary Rehab for COPD
Most patients who complete a pulmonary rehab course feel better at the end. They are able to perform more activity without becoming short of breath, and they report their overall quality of life is better.
They consistently reported feeling:
- Less shortness of breath
- More energy
- A greater sense of control over their COPD
Participating in pulmonary rehab also may help prevent hospitalizations for COPD exacerbations.
"I was diagnosed with lung issues a few months ago. Naturally I was frightened and worried with what was in store for me. I would start to improve and feel better then slowly I would get worse. It was recommended that I start pulmonary rehab. I had the mind set of therapy is not going to fix my problem. I thought what a waste of time, I began my pulmonary rehab a couple of months ago. With determination and the encouragement, help and advice of Patti and Kim, I am now well on my way to leading a normal life. What a great team!!!
"Participating in the Pulmonary Therapy program has improved by breathing disorder and increased my stamina. I would highly recommend it to anyone in need of these services. Call their friendly, knowledgeable staff today to start on you path to improvement.”
Our program is certified by the American Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation