Pulmonary rehabilitation (rehab) is a medically supervised program to help people who have chronic breathing problems, including
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
- Cystic fibrosis
During pulmonary rehab you may do exercise training and learn breathing techniques. You'll also get tips on conserving your energy and advice on nutrition and coping. These can't cure your lung disease or completely ease your breathing problems. But it can help you function better in your daily life.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Breathing and Relaxation (National Jewish Health)
- DANCE Your Way to Healthier Lungs (American Association for Respiratory Care)
- Exercises (National Jewish Health)
- Oxygen Therapy: MedlinePlus Health Topic (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- Respiratory Home Health Care (American Association for Respiratory Care)
- Genetics Home Reference: pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis (National Library of Medicine)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Lung Diseases (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Development of the Chinese-version of the exercise self-regulatory efficacy scale...
- Article: Physical exercise training for cystic fibrosis.
- Article: Understanding patient outcomes after acute respiratory distress syndrome: identifying subtypes...
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation -- see more articles
- What Are the Lungs? (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)