Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) is an umbrella term for a number of conditions that impair breathing. Common causes of COPD include asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and other diseases that affect lung and air intake. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of activities, exercises, techniques, and educational support designed to reduce or overcome the breathlessness caused by COPD.
What Is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehabilitation refers to a program developed by medical professionals that can include a broad range of activities and breathing techniques designed to build stamina and awareness. It is similar to a physical therapy regimen designed to improve the function of a muscle group, except in this case the program enhances the performance of the entire pulmonary system. Pulmonary rehabilitation can be a good choice for people who frequently experience shortness of breath that interferes with their daily life despite taking medication.
What Are Some Pulmonary Rehabilitation Exercises?
The focal point of a pulmonary rehabilitation program is usually physical exercise designed to improve cardiovascular function. Exercises might include workouts that target the lower body, such as regular walks, climbing stairs, or even jogging. Having a strong upper body also plays a vital role in breathing, and programs may include arm and chest exercises using weights. Directly exercising the lungs by blowing into a mouthpiece with or without resistance, for example, will also help build up lung strength. Beyond exercising, doctors may recommend incorporating dietary restrictions or changes as part of a rehabilitation program.
At the Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center, our staff has extensive experience working with patients with COPD. We were given a 5-Star Overall Rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the highest rating possible. “Our entire staff including a Registered Respiratory Therapist RPT has extensive experience caring for COPD patients. We care for these patients with a compassionate voice, a comprehensive assessment, and specialized treatments during their time here.” – Donna Flanagan RPT
Our nursing center is fully equipped to handle pulmonary rehabilitation and other issues, whether you need short-term care, long-term care, or home care. To learn more about our rehabilitation programs and other treatment options, give us a call at 508.433.4400 today.