Pulmonary rehab is a comprehensive intervention based on a thorough assessment of the patient. After the assessment, patient-tailored therapies are created, and these include exercise, training, education and behaviour change. Pulmonary rehab is designed to improve the physical and psychological condition of people with chronic respiratory disease and to promote the long-term commitment to health-enhancing behaviours.
Most individuals enrolled in pulmonary rehab have COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). However, individuals with other respiratory diseases such as asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and cystic fibrosis and scoliosis can also benefit from pulmonary rehab intervention. Your doctor may recommend pulmonary rehabilitation for a variety of reasons such as helping you to breathe better and improve your quality of life for certain lung conditions. Your doctor may also recommend pulmonary rehabilitation before and after surgery for a lung transplant or lung cancer.
Pulmonary rehab is recommended for those that experience:
Pulmonary rehab is also suited for people with the following conditions:
The program is divided into five key components: