Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a specially designed program to help people suffering from lung diseases to improve their breathing and live a better life. The program includes breathing techniques, exercises, endurance training and behavioral intervention to improve the overall quality of life.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is recommended for individuals suffering from lung disease who have frequent episodes of difficulty in breathing, which hampers their daily activities. People suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) benefit the most from this program. It is also beneficial for people suffering from lung diseases like asthma, bronchiectasis, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer and cystic fibrosis.
A pulmonary rehabilitation program can be done in a hospital or at home after learning the breathing exercises. The program has 2-3 sessions per week and the entire program can last for several weeks or months depending on individual requirements. The healthcare team performs a few tests before designing a customized pulmonary rehabilitation program. These include exercise stress test, breathing tests and walking tests to check how well the lungs are functioning.
A pulmonary rehabilitation program includes the following:
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is generally a three-phased program.
Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Indore has the best Pulmonary Rehabilitation program that has dedicated areas for oxygen therapy, nebulisation and telemetric ECG monitored exercise systems like treadmill, ergo cycles, stepper and cross trainer. Patients also have access to a gymnasium for resistance training classes and a laboratory for lung function testing.