You can benefit from pulmonary rehab if you:
Special exercises, respiratory treatments, proper nutrition and breathing retraining techniques can greatly improve your breathing ability. Summa's pulmonary professionals have found that combining aerobic activity with strength-building activity helps patients get quicker results. That's because they start building muscle mass where they did not have any before, so they are stronger in everything they do. The goal of the program is to bring patients back to optimal condition and help them maintain that, while also controlling shortness of breath. The team of pulmonary rehab specialists also helps make patients more aware of when to see a doctor. As a result, less hospitalization and less hospital visits occur, because patients stay healthier.
Yes! Studies have proven that pulmonary rehab programs are safe. Pretests such as a pulmonary function test and an exercise function test allow the staff to design a safe program for you. Pulmonary rehab specialists monitor your pulse, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and breath sounds during each session.
Although you exercise as part of a small group, each person has his own exercise program based on his medical diagnosis, pulmonary function test and exercise evaluation. Each person is given an exercise routine that they can tolerate. Your exercise capacity is increased gradually at your own pace and under the guidance of highly trained rehab specialists.
The health and safety of our patients, visitors, and employees is crucial in providing quality care. At this time, we are not permitting family members to attend classes to observe exercise sessions or take part in educational sessions with patients.
Participants are taught techniques to help them breathe more easily and control episodes of shortness of breath. Education classes also teach you about your medication, home exercise, energy conservation, relaxation and nutrition. (A certified smoking cessation program is also available for those who need it.)
Classes have been temporarily postponed for the safety of our patients and staff.
A majority of insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover part or all of the cost of pulmonary rehab. Check with your insurance company for specific coverage or any pre-certification requirements. Our office will assist you with insurance issues.