Pulmonary (Respiratory) Rehabilitation
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Lancaster Regional Medical Center has been helping people get back to their lives for over 25 years. Combined, our board-certified respiratory therapists have over 50 years experience working with people with chronic lung disease.
What is pulmonary rehab?
Pulmonary Rehab is a program that teaches patients with lung disease how to obtain an improved level of health and physical fitness. Our program combines education, breathing retraining, and monitored exercise. This comprehensive approach to care allows patients to better manage their lung disease and improve their quality of life.
Who Should Attend Pulmonary Rehab?
Anyone with a chronic lung disease such as COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and pulmonary fibrosis is a candidate for Pulmonary Rehab. If you have been diagnosed with lung disease or have had an abnormal pulmonary function test, you should ask your doctor if Pulmonary Rehab could help you.
How Does Pulmonary Rehab Work?
Patients attend Pulmonary Rehab sessions as an outpatient several days a week. The sessions include educational instruction and monitored exercise. Patients receive an education manual as well as a variety of respiratory devices to help improve respiratory muscle strength, monitor respiratory status, and improve bronchial hygiene. Exercise sessions are monitored for oxygen levels, heart rate and rhythms, and blood pressures. The main components of Pulmonary Rehab include education, exercise and emotional support. Benefits include a better understanding of caring for and treating lung disease, improved exercise endurance with decreased symptoms, and emotional support.
Benefits of participating in our pulmonary rehab program:
- Have higher levels of functioning
- Reduce or quit smoking
- Have reduced blood pressure
- Have lowered BMI
- Start a long term exercise program
- Have lowered stress levels
- Have higher resistance to diabetes - and those who have diabetes and participate have less insulin resistance and increased insulin sensitivity.
Outpatient appointments are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. We accept most major health insurance plans and our staff can help with insurance verification. For more information, to visit our facility, or to schedule an appointment, call (717) 291-8377.