Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is comprised of a multidisciplinary program for patients with chronic respiratory impairment that is designed to optimize physical performance, improve quality of life and reduce shortness of breath and stress. The program is appropriate for individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease or restrictive lung disease.

Patients participate in twice weekly small group sessions that include one hour of aerobic exercise and strength training with a physical therapist. Adaptations are made for underlying musculoskeletal impairments and exercise programs are individualized. Once per week there is a gentle yoga class emphasizing proper breathing mechanics, breath with movement and stress reduction.

Each 12 week session includes 4 lectures, each an hour long:

  • Respiratory therapist instruction in anatomy, physiology and mechanics of breathing as well as oxygen support
  • Occupational therapist instruction in pacing, energy conservation and breathing patterns
  • Speech and language therapist instruction in mechanics of eating, swallowing and speaking
  • Registered dietician instruction in weight loss or gain and proper nutrition.

Patients may call the rehabilitation department for more information or to schedule and appointment at 617-243 6172.

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