Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services
A Program for People Who Have Lung Disease
Enloe Medical Center offers a medically supervised program of exercise and education for people with lung disease. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is committed to helping people better understand their respiratory condition and improve their quality of life. Individualized programs enable participants to increase their exercise tolerance and become stronger. Instruction includes breathing retraining to control shortness of breath, proper use of medications and nutritional factors.
Exercise, Education & Support
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an eight-week exercise and education program that meets two to three times a week. We encourage participants to bring their spouse or support person to the educational classes. Exercise sessions are tailored to each participant’s ability, needs and limitations. We emphasize endurance, strength, and flexibility, while monitoring each participant’s oxygen level and heart rate. Respiratory therapists and exercise physiologists supervise each session, under the advice of the program’s physician director.
An exercise maintenance program is offered three times a week for those who wish to continue their exercise after the initial eight-week program.
Who Can Benefit?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is designed for people with:
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Lung Surgery
Educational Topics We Cover
- Breathing retraining techniques
- Understanding chronic pulmonary conditions
- Understanding your medications and inhalers
- Proper use of supplemental oxygen
- Using home respiratory equipment
- Relaxation and stress reduction
- Nutritional assessment
- Preparing for travel
- Exercise and body mechanics
A Team Approach
Enloe Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation team consists of a pulmonary physician director, registered respiratory therapists, exercise physiologists and a clinical dietician.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation can make a difference!
It can effectively help you:
- Improve your quality of life
- Better understand your lung condition
- Learn to control shortness of breath
- Reduce stress and anxiety levels
- Improve strength and activity level
The first step in getting started is to call or schedule an appointment with the Pulmonary Rehabilitation staff, at (530) 332-6898 or 1-800-822-8102, extension 26898. The Enloe Pulmonary Rehabilitation program has been approved for reimbursement by Medicare and various private and group insurance companies.
Related Information: Second Wind Pulmonary Support Group | Chapter of Better Breathers
This group offers support and education for people with lung conditions. For more information, find this suppor group listing at www.enloe.org/support.