What to expect when you join our program


Aims of the Program 

To reduce activity limitation and participation restriction of persons with chronic lung diseases and to restore patients to the highest possible level of independent functioning


Goals of the Program

  • Increase exercise tolerance in order to reduce impairment
  • Improve adherence to recommended treatments
  • Reduce frequency and severity of symptoms
  • Improve mood and motivation
  • Reduce dependency
  • Enhance participation in therapy decisions by building self-management capacity
  • Increase participation in everyday activities
  • Improve quality of life
  • Reduce health care burden for patients, families and communities
  • Improve survival

Why is Pulmonary Rehabilitation Important?

Exercise capacity in patients with chronic respiratory disease, such as COPD, is impaired and often limited by shortness of breath (dyspnoea). The limitation to exercise is complex and shortness of breathduring increased activity (exertional dyspnoea)is usually multifactorial in origin. It reflects, in part, limb muscle dysfunction (weakness and a lack of endurance), resulting inimpaired pulmonary function (dynamic hyperinflation, increased respiratory load or defective gaseous exchange). These limitations are aggravated by the natural, age-related decline in function and the effects of physical deconditioning. In addition, they are often compounded by the presence of other co-morbid conditions. Some of the above mentioned factors are reversible through physical exercise training, as part of a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program (Spruit, M.A. 2013).

Exercise training is considered as the cornerstone of pulmonary rehabilitation and is the best available means of improving muscle function in COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases. Even patients severely limited by a chronic respiratory disease can often endure the required training intensity and durationfor muscle to adapt and improve.These improvements in skeletal muscle function, after exercise training, lead to gains in exercise even without changes in lung function. Moreover, the improved capacity and efficiency of skeletal muscles to use oxygen leads to a reduced ventilatory requirement on the lungs and reduces hyperinflation,thereby adding to the reduction in exertional dyspnoea. Exercise training may have positive effects in other areas, including increased motivation for exercise beyond the rehabilitation environment, reduced mood disturbances, improved cardiovascular function and a reduction in symptom burden (Spruit, M.A. 2013).

We are available for consultation, training and treatment Mondays to Fridays by appointment.