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Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation

8 Jan 2016
| Under Exercise, Featured, Lifestyle | Posted by | 35 Comments
Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation

What can you Gain from Pulmonary Rehab?

Next to your skin, your lungs are the largest organs in your body by size, and just like all of your organs, they need to be healthy to perform critical tasks. Your lungs act almost like muscles; they need to be trained through exercise and provided the proper diet to take on the work needed to keep oxygen coming in and carbon dioxide going out. The benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation are far reaching and can be an advantage to those looking to limit the effects of their chronic lung disease.

Improvements to Your Lungs

Here are some of the benefits to pulmonary rehab for those suffering from a lung disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or interstitial lung disease:

Deeper Breathing

Yoga-for-seniors-000017068741_XXXLargeLung disease has many effects on lung function. Specifically it can keep you from breathing in enough air. The breathing exercises at a pulmonary rehabilitation class can help open up the lungs to increase general capacity and your blood oxygen level.

Better Circulation


Part of your rehabilitation will include general cardiovascular exercise. This will likely include stationary arm and leg exercises. A healthier heart means better movement of the oxygen in your blood to the rest of your body. For those with a low blood-oxygen level due to lung disease, this can make a huge difference.

Proper Dieting


A large part of rehabilitation has to do with what you eat. A good diet for someone with a lung disease will include oxygen-rich foods, meals designed for lung detox and even some natural remedies. All of these additions to your diet can help increase blood flow, lung function and oxygenation.



Knowledge is power. Being informed about your condition and about your lungs is just as important as exercising and dieting. All pulmonary rehabilitation classes have one thing in common: they rely on self-management when you are outside of the clinic.

Given that most people that suffer from lung disease also smoke cigarettes, the very first step in improving your lungs is to quit smoking. After you have talked to a pulmonologist, start a comprehensive program to not just manage your lung disease but to treat it. Make sure to include a pulmonary rehabilitation class to help keep you informed and healthy. Also, you should consider alternative treatment options for your lung disease.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to find out if you qualify for cellular therapy as a treatment option.



  1. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Donna,

    Thanks for your comment. At the Lung Institute, we only use autologous cells, which are cells derived from the patient’s body. Through either the bone marrow or venous procedure, the cells are extracted from the patient, separated in our on-site lab and then returned to the patient through an IV. Our procedures are minimally invasive and outpatient. For more information about how cells work, click here. We’re happy to answer any questions you have regarding cellular treatment options for people with COPD, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Donna s anzlovar

    2 years ago

    I am 61 I have copd I need more information on how this treatment is taken from my body

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  4. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Gail,

    Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge regarding cells, candidacy, cost and other valuable information. They are happy to answer your questions today, so give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  5. Gail

    2 years ago

    Are there any clinical trials with cell therapy? Am 61 years of age, and have recently been diagnosed with alpha 1 am a zz very low! Have copd and use oxygen at night, and if needed throughout the day . Except for my lungs everything else seems fine. Thank-you 🌷

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  8. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Catherine,

    Unfortunately we do not use cell therapy to treat asthma at this time. However, for better breathing habits and respiratory health, we hope that our catalog of respiratory health articles will be helpful in addressing your symptoms.

    Thank you for your comment Catherine,

    -The Lung Institute

  9. Catherine Craig

    2 years ago

    Are cells used in the treatment of asthma? If so how effective is this treatment for this condition?

  10. PB

    2 years ago

    Hi Martha,

    Thanks for your comment. Because the cost varies based on treatment type, speaking with one of our well-qualified patient coordinators would best answer your question. Please feel free to contact us today at (855) 313-1149.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  11. Martha Mcgee

    2 years ago

    I would like an estimated cost of cell plz..😊

  12. PB

    2 years ago

    Hi Ronnie,

    We’re happy to announce that the Lung Institute in Dallas will open on March 1st. For more information and to speak with a patient coordinator about possible treatment options, please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  13. Brenda

    2 years ago

    i’m 66 yrs old quit smoking over 11 yrs ago. 3 years ago i got sick couldn’t breath well at all. doctor put me is hospital.sent me to a bigger hospital did a biopsy they told me i have pulmonary fibrosis in my right lung i was sent home on oxygen and inhalers i cough at nite all nite sometimes my Doctor pays no attention to what ever i say .i can’t breath.

  14. Ronnie P.

    2 years ago

    When is the Dallas, Texas facility going to open.

  15. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Jan,

    We’re sorry to hear that your husband is going through such a difficult time. Because your husband’s doctor knows his situation, the best option is for you and your husband to speak with your husband’s doctor about the pain and see what the doctor recommends. We hope that your husband starts to feel better soon, and we wish him the best in his recovery process.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  16. Jan Andrist

    2 years ago

    Is there something to help relieve some of the pain after having Lower left lob Removed for cancer My Husband had surgery In Oct and his pain is so Intense it makes him sick to his stomach.

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  19. sh

    3 years ago

    Dear Silva,

    Stem cell therapy is not considered effective treatment for cancer. However, if you are cancer-free and suffering from a lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help. Please visit us on the internet at https://lunginstitute.com, or call 1-855-313-1149 to speak to one of our patient coordinators to get answers to your questions.


  20. Silva Leonard

    3 years ago

    Is age considered for this treatment. I am 76 years old a and had lung cancer 13years ago. Now I have cope from smoking. I have not smoked for probably 20 years. Thankvyou

  21. Maren Auxier

    3 years ago

    Hi Donald,

    We don’t treat the anti-tryspsin deficiency itself, however cells can help the resulting lung disease. Please contact one of our patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149 and they’d be happy to go over your specific situation in more detail.



  22. Donald brown

    3 years ago

    does your therapy work for those with anti-tryspysin deficiency ?

  23. william

    3 years ago


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  26. Barbara Brooke

    3 years ago

    I’m trying to save enough money to have the cellular treatment done. I was told last year that I could have it done. Can’t wait. Who ever came up with the cellular treatment I applaud you. Thank you so very much.
    Barbara Brooke

  27. David Ebner

    3 years ago


    We are actually opening up a clinic in Pittsburgh on July 13, 2015. We realize that this is probably not as close as you would like, but we’ve treated quite a few patients form the New England area who have traveled to our Nashville and Tampa clinics in the past. The Pittsburgh clinic will be about an hour and a half plan ride for you. If you’d like to chat with a Patient Coordinator about your treatment options, call us at (855) 313-1149.



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  29. Erwin sidman

    3 years ago

    I live in Massachusetts. Your locations are not close enough for me to visit. Is there any future location in my state that is being contemplated in or around my zip code of 01702?
    I sleep with oxygen and a Cpap machine. I use a portable oxygen unit on airplanes. I am 81 years of age. My walking is minimal.

  30. David Ebner

    3 years ago


    We are having a hard time contacting you at your provided email and phone number. Could you please call us at your earliest convenience at (813) 252-1177.



  31. David Ebner

    3 years ago


    Unfortunately, medicare currently does not cover cell therapy for pulmonary conditions. Once the insurance companies see a long-term financial benefit for themselves, they will start covering it and its likely that medicare will follow suit at that time. Our hope is that this happens soon. If you’d like to discuss your specific condition with our staff and see if you qualify for treatment, feel free to call us at 855-313-1149.



  32. Rick

    3 years ago

    Does Medicare cover the cost of the cell tx?

  33. Lorenza

    3 years ago

    I santa information for treatments
    Lorenza Tovar


  34. David Ebner

    3 years ago


    Thanks for your comment. Our procedures are overseen by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). The FDA does not regulate medical procedures like ours. Given that the cells used during treatment are from the patient’s own body, the FDA does not regulate them as they would a drug. However, the FDA does regulate the other medications and medical devices that we use and they are all approved.
    We are currently collecting additional data to present a more comprehensive sample, but the following statistics represent our patient reported results from May of 2013 until April of 2015:
    Patient reported improvement in quality of life after treatment: 71 percent
    Average improvement in Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) score 6 months after treatment: 10 percent (keep in mind lung disease sufferers who do not receive treatment will experience a continual reduction in PFT scores)
    Percentage of patients that have seen a 40 percent increase in PFT score: 25 percent
    Our patient satisfaction scores remain over 95% at every facility, with our most recent scores at 99%
    I hope this information answers your questions. If you’d like to speak with someone to learn more about cell therapy, feel free to call us at (855) 313-1149.

  35. Bruce Buchanan

    3 years ago

    Is there any data proving that the treatment works? And are are you backed by any commission (FDA)?

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

As required by Texas state law, the Lung Institute Dallas Clinic has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from MaGil IRB, now Chesapeake IRB, which is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP), for research protocols and procedures. The Lung Institute has implemented these IRB approved standards at all of its clinics nationwide. Approval indicates that we follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research.