Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), aims raise general awareness about the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with chronic lung disease. This year’s theme, INSPIRATION FOR LIFE recognizes those who struggle to overcome shortness of breath and the pulmonary professionals who work to improve patients’ everyday life.
Educational events will be held across the country during the week of March 10-16, informing individuals with COPD about the vast benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation.
So why is pulmonary rehabilitation so important?
Pulmonary rehabilitation can drastically improve your lung function and help slow the progression of your COPD. It involves a combination of exercise, disease management training, and counseling. There are various components to a specific rehab program, and your regimen is decided by what you and your physician feel is best for you.
Your rehab program will help you set goals which are the types of activities and exercises you want to do. This will include both exercise regimens as well as daily activities like doing chores and walking around the neighborhood. Your exercise regimen will help strengthen the muscles in your body as well as your lungs.
Education about your disease is a very important step in improving your health, and this may be part of your rehab program. You may learn about your symptoms, available treatments, and techniques to manage your symptoms including what to do in an exacerbation.
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