Conditioning for Pulmonary Patients

Many people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which may include components of Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, and elements of Asthma, often find themselves able to do less and less for themselves over time, often due to shortness of breath. Some find it difficult to walk any distance, to shop for food, and perhaps even to get dressed in the morning without becoming exhausted. While there is no cure for these conditions, there are steps that can be taken to slow the progress of the disease and restore the ability to perform the activities of daily living.

Conditioning for pulmonary patients is a program of structured and monitored physical conditioning and education designed to help participants with lung disease lead more active and enjoyable lives. Through exercise and education, participants can take control of their disease.

This is an 8-week program that provides individualized care under the direction of a board-certified pulmonary physician and is carried out by a Respiratory Care Practitioner and Physical Therapist. Upon referral from a physician, a series of evaluations will be performed in order to collect the information necessary to design a specific program of exercise. The participant will then join a group of people with similar conditions for exercise and education sessions that occur twice each week. Progress is recorded at each visit and formally re-evaluated in the middle and at the end of the program.

How do I find out more?

Call our Rehab department at (603) 580-7921.

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