Pulmonary rehabiliation program

What is the pulmonary rehabilitation program?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a supervised program of:

  • exercise training
  • health education
  • breathing techniques.

It’s for people living with lung conditions or who are experiencing lung problems due to other conditions. The program helps increase your understanding of your pulmonary condition. You’ll learn practical ways of managing the physical and emotional aspects of your illness. It will also help improve your fitness.

Who is it for?

The program is for people experiencing a lung condition or any other lung-related disorder that affects your breathing. Lung conditions might include:

  • emphysema
  • interstitial fibrosis
  • chronic bronchitis
  • occupational or environmental lung disease
  • asthma
  • kyphoscoliosis
  • bronchiectasis
  • collagen vascular lung disorder
  • primary pulmonary hypertension
  • post-thoracic surgery
  • before and after volume reduction surgery.

How can it help?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is one of the best things you can do to improve your breathing and wellbeing. It also reduces the frequency of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) flare-ups. 

One of the main program benefits is your tolerance for exercise improves. This means that day-to-day activities such as walking, gardening or doing the washing are easier. You may need less help and find it easier to do things you enjoy. Exercise is a key part of the program as it helps reverse the cycle of inactivity and breathlessness.

What does it involve?

The program comprises weekly exercise, education and discussion sessions tailored to individuals in the group. The program begins with an individual assessment and runs for six weeks. Once the program has concluded, your progress is individually reviewed.

The program is run by a physiotherapist and occupational therapist. Education sessions are provided by a pharmacist and dietitian. Access to a registered nurse and medical officer is also available.

The education sessions help you manage your condition by increasing your knowledge of:

  • basic lung anatomy and physiology
  • breathing techniques
  • lung diseases
  • stress management and relaxation
  • energy conservation
  • diet
  • pulmonary medications.

More information

Contact the CRC to find out more.