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Pulmonary Rehab

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What is Pulmonary Rehab?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a
process of using graded exercise together with an
educational program to allow persons with chronic
lung disease to stabilize and control their condition
and better cope with the physical and psychological
effects of chronic illness.

Program Goals

  • Improved quality of life
  • Reduction in shortness of
  • Reversal of anxiety and
    depression with improved self-esteem
  • Increased knowledge of lung
    disease and its management
  • Enhanced ability to carry out
    the activities of daily living
  • Increased exercise tolerance
  • Return to work (for some
  • Fewer acute hospital

Program Structure

Candidates for the program are
referred by their physician. Enrollees attend
educational and exercise components twice weekly over
an eight week period. Family members are encouraged
to participate in these activities.

An initial evaluation is
performed by a respiratory therapist and a physical
therapist in order to assess individual needs, goals,
strength, flexibility and endurance.

Educational topics covered during
the program include:

  • Respiratory anatomy and
  • Breathing retraining
  • Energy conservation
  • Bronchial hygiene
  • Medications
  • Nutrition

The exercise program, overseen by
a physical therapist, involves conditioning exercises
which typically use stationary bicycles, treadmills, ergometers, stair climbing and walking. Heart rate,
blood pressure and oxygen levels are monitored during
the sessions and participants are taught how to
monitor themselves independently.

Group interaction, training in
relaxation techniques and stress management are used
to help individuals improve coping ability.


Graduates of this program are
encouraged to continue practicing what they learn
within the program. They also have an opportunity to
participate in our maintenance program.

For more information about the Pulmonary
Program at Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital, please call
1-800-825-7292 or 1-603-893-2900 ext. 575.