Pulmonary rehabilitation can help address the symptoms of chronic lung conditions through exercise, education and support.
The program is run by a specialist team who work together to develop a program that meets your individual needs and goals.
Who can benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation?
Individuals following a recent pulmonary episode, lung or thoracic surgery Individuals with chronic respiratory conditions such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer
The program aims to:
- Increase confidence in managing ongoing symptoms and teaches self-management skills.
- Improve overall quality of life including increased participation in physical and social activities.
- Reduce symptoms of breathlessness and fatigue by improving the ability to exercise and learn pacing and energy conservation strategies.
- Regain strength and endurance that may have been lost as a result of inactivity and steroid-induced muscle weakness.
- Target mood disturbances such as anxiety and depression and provide practical coping strategies and counselling.
The following areas are also addressed as part of the pulmonary rehabilitation program: community supports home oxygen therapy home set-up and support services medications and their use nutrition sputum clearance techniques.