What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program specifically designed and
individually tailored to give education, exercise and support to people
with breathing difficulties. People with Chronic Obstructive Lung
Disease (COPD) and Restrictive Lung Disease are the persons who benefit
from a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
Acute and chronic lung diseases can damage lung tissue and airways.
This damage can cause difficulty in breathing and a decrease in physical
activity. Psychological depression associated with a lack of activity
is often a component of pulmonary disorders.
Pulmonary rehabilitation at UMC Health System offers an
outpatient treatment program to improve the quality of life and
functional capacity of patients with lung diseases and disorders.
What are the Benefits of Exercise?
Exercise benefits the cardiovascular system and the overall muscle tone of the body. When you become inactive, breathing may worsen as time passes due to decreased muscle tone. When this happens you tend to sit more allowing others to do more and more of the things you used to do. To stop this deterioration you must get up and get moving! You’ll see your breathing will improve as your muscle strength does.
It has been shown that people who have attended pulmonary rehabilitation programs understand and cope with their disease better, improve their exercise tolerance, and are able to carry out activities of daily living with less difficulty. Other benefits may include reduction in anxiety and depression, improvement of self-esteem, decrease in hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
What are the goals of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- To manage symptoms of respiratory impairment
- Decrease the number of instances of respiratory distress
- Optimize functional lung capacity
- Maintain independence in activities of daily living
- Improve the dynamics of respiration through breathing retraining
- Provide a supportive environment for the patient and family to
learn to cope with the problems inherent in lung disease processes
The education program covers various topics including:
- anatomy of the lungs
- oxygen systems
- stress management
- breathing retraining
- learning to live with COPD
- daily living
- preventing respiratory infections
- irritants of the airways
Better Breathers Club
UMC Pulmonary Rehab (in conjunction with the American Lung Association) offers a FREE support group to people with chronic lung disease and their loved ones. Please join us the second Monday of each month from 6:00PM-7:30PM at the UMC Activities Center (82nd and slide in the Rockbridge Plaza). Contact 806.775.8950 for more information.
UMC Pulmonary Rehab is Nationally Cerified by the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies. Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices.