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52891199Do you get short of breath? Have you been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? Have you recently been admitted to hospital because of an exacerbation of a respiratory disease? Pulmonary rehabilitation is integral to the management of people with chronic respiratory diseases. It is especially important for those with persistent symptoms or decreased ability to perform everyday tasks. Considering the long term nature of respiratory disease, pulmonary rehabilitation is often delivered as a program over an 8-12 week period. At Angelz our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs are offered as a one-on-one program.

It has been well documented that cardiorespiratory diseases affect not only the heart and lungs directly, but can impact widely on the musculoskeletal, sensory and psychosocial systems. Therefore, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs aim to reduce symptoms, decrease disability, increase participation in physical and social activities and improve overall quality of life. These aims are achieved through:

  • Education: of the patient and family
  • Individualised Exercise Training: to increase endurance and overall health
  • Breathing Control and Shortness of Breath Techniques
  • Social / Behavioural Input: Opportunity for social interaction and behavioural intervention
  • Regular Re-assessment: through evidence-based outcome measures

Your rehabilitation will be tailored to your unique needs.

What exactly is cardiorespiratory rehabilitation?

Cardiorespiratory rehabilitation is an area that specializes in the prevention, rehabilitation, and compensation of clients with diseases and injuries in the heart and lungs. These conditions may manifest themselves as shortness of breath, persistent cough, increased work of breathing or the reduced ability to exercise.

Common cardiorespiratory conditions include:Cardiac-Rehab-1

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Congestive Cardiac Failure (CCF)
  • Respiratory Infections, i.e. Pneumonia
  • Hypertension
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Angina
  • Heart Attack (MI)
  • Heart or lung injury or surgery

It is now widely recognised that appropriate exercise can be an effective disease prevention strategy and is integral to the management of those with a variety of cardiorespiratory conditions.

Your Physiotherapist/Exercise physiologist will undertake a comprehensive assessment of your cardiorespiratory system, endurance and mobility and will then tailor a treatment program to your unique needs.

Depending on your condition, your treatment may include:

  • Deep Breathing Exercise: to encourage increased lung volumes
  • Hands-on Techniques and Breathing Facilitation Exercises: to expand your lung capacity
  • Percussions and Vibrations: to help you loosen secretions and make coughing easier
  • Coughing and Breathing Strategies: to help you cough and manage your shortness of breath
  • Breathing and Circulation Exercises: to prevent further respiratory and vascular complications such as chest infection and deep venous thrombosis (DVTs)
  • Mobility Assistance: to move safely in bed, sit up, stand and walk
  • Mobility Aids: advice, prescription and instruction on how to safely use a walking frame, or other walking aids as required
  • Individually Tailored Exercises: to control your breathing pattern, build muscle strength and endurance and improve your general health and well being.
  • Ongoing Fitness Program: Tailored exercises to help you maintain your mobility and fitness.