- 28 July 2018
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Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Better Breathing For Better Living
Breathing is a natural process.
Breathe in….breathe out…
But do you keep track of it?
The moment you take in your first breath, you are unaware of the transformation that your lungs have already undergone.
The lungs have had an amazing experience from your birth through childhood and on to the adulthood. Your lungs are one of the most hard-working, life-sustaining organs that you very easily take for granted.
Unless you put your lungs into the problem you have never given a second thought to make your lungs healthy.
If you or your loved ones are suffering from chronic lung diseases or problems, do not fret as there are ways of rebuilding and reactivating your lungs with the help of Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
This will help to reduce the risks of experiencing lung problems.
If you need to know HOW?
Let’s take a look at it.
What Is Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR)?
It is an outpatient programme which can be given in a hospital, clinic, or at home. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of education and exercise for helping people with chronic lung problems.
Who Needs PR?
It is given for people with the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sarcoidosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or interstitial lung disease(ILD), Bronchiectasis and other chronic lung diseases. Your doctor will refer you to join the programme of rehabilitation.
What Can You Expect In PR?
The pulmonary rehabilitation team would include doctors, nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, exercise trainers, and dieticians.
The rehabilitation team will evaluate your health history and your levels of activity according to which you can set the goals. Most of the programmes at rehabilitation centers last only for a few months.
During the evaluation, they will make you walk so as to calculate the heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels.
You should not worry if you are not able to walk very far, as the exercises will start out at a slow pace for your convenience.
You will be given classes on
- Exercise training
- Breathing strategies
- Nutrition counseling
- Relaxation technique
- Energy-conserving techniques
- Psychological support
You’ll be told how you can do your everyday tasks with less shortness of breath, and avoid COPD exacerbations.
You’ll also learn to cope with the changes that may come with COPD like depression, panic, anxiety, and so on.
The knowledge and skills that you gain from the program will help you to manage your chronic lung disease and lead a better life.
This will also improve your level of fitness by making you fit and active so that you can enjoy doing things with your loved ones.
Pulmonary rehab is not just some exercises it is more than that. If you are suffering from shortness of breath frequently which interrupts you from performing your normal activities then you can get the assistance of doctors at Sunshine Hospital to know if you need to go for pulmonary rehabilitation.
About the hospital:
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500 bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr. AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man. Sunshine has now become one of the best hospitals for many treatments including Orthopedic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Trauma and Neurology.