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What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

7 Mar 2016
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What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

For people with a chronic lung disease like pulmonary fibrosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary rehabilitation can serve as part of the treatment routine. The benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation are far reaching and can help improve your lung function. However, it’s important to consider the facts when deciding whether to begin pulmonary rehabilitation. With that in mind, keep reading to discover exactly what is pulmonary rehabilitation?

What is pulmonary rehabilitation?

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program that combines exercise, education, and support to help people learn to breathe and function at the highest level possible. During pulmonary rehabilitation, you’ll work with a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists, who will help you work to improve your physical condition and learn how to manage your condition so that you can remain healthy and active after completing the course.

Keep in mind that you must be referred by your doctor and have spirometry test results within the last year that show you have a lung disease. Your pulmonary rehabilitation team will create a plan that is made to fit your needs and abilities, including exercises and lifestyle changes to continue at home.

What will happen during pulmonary rehabilitation?

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation

While you participate in pulmonary rehabilitation, you will first be assessed, which can be done by a nurse, respiratory therapist, exercise physiologist, or doctor. You will receive education on subjects to help you cope with your chronic lung disease. Under supervision by your pulmonary rehabilitation team, you’ll begin to learn and do exercises to help you feel better. Many programs offer assistance with smoking cessation and techniques to reduce stress. During pulmonary rehabilitation, you could learn about support systems and nutritional information. You may also learn exercises that you can do at home to continue your progress through self-management.

What are the main goals and benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation?

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Some of the main goals and benefits of participating in pulmonary rehabilitation include:

  • Improve quality of life
  • Reduce hospitalizations
  • Help your shortness of breath
  • Increase muscle strength and endurance
  • Give education about your pulmonary condition
  • Improve your ability to cope with daily activities
  • Understand how to use medications and oxygen appropriately

There are a variety of pulmonary rehabilitation patient resources available, which can be found online, or you can ask your doctor.

What else can you do to improve your quality of life?

In combination with medications, oxygen, smoking cessation, and pulmonary rehabilitation, alternative therapies such as stem cell therapy could improve your quality of life. By strengthening your lungs during pulmonary rehabilitation, regularly visiting your doctor, and trying stem cell therapy, you could promote the healing of your lungs and bring your life back within reach. If you or a loved one has a chronic lung disease and would like more information about stem cell therapy, contact the Lung Institute today by calling (800) 729-3065.


  1. Lung Institute

    6 months ago


    Thank you for your comment. There has been some research on genetics and lung disease. Use this link to find past blog articles we have written on the topic.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell treatment for chronic lung diseases, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with our knowledgeable medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    Lung Institute

  2. Ron

    6 months ago

    There was a article in the new England journal regarding an instance of genetics “cancer” formation interference. Is there a coloration between stem cells and individual genetic make up ?

  3. Phoebe

    8 months ago

    Hi Harvey,

    Pulmonary rehabilitation is often prescribed for people with chronic lung diseases. We recommend talking with your doctor about if he or she recommends pulmonary rehab for you. If you’re interested in learning more about stem cell therapy for chronic lung disease, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and more. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Harvey chambers

    8 months ago

    Does this treatment help with asbestos?

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  7. sh

    2 years ago

    Dear Janet,

    As your doctor has likely told you, there is currently no cure for COPD. However, there is a good chance that stem cell therapy can improve the quality of your life and help you breathe more easily. By a “good chance,” I’m referring to the 84 percent of our patients in a recent study who report improvement in their quality of life following stem cell therapy at the Lung Institute.

    The best way to learn more about stem cell treatment options and get answers to all your questions is to contact our patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Best Regards,
    The Lung Institute

  8. Janet

    2 years ago

    I have moderated copd and moderate emphysema….will this treatment cure me or just help make it easier to live a better life…

  9. sh

    2 years ago

    Dear Felicita,

    Please contact our patient coordinators with your question–they’re trained to answer exactly these types of questions. You can reach them at (855) 313-1149, and they’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

    Best Regards,
    The Lung Institute

  10. Felicita Cesarini

    2 years ago

    how is payment made, I am on Blue Cross and Medicare; are there any reseach groups I would qualify for?

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  14. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Rose,

    Thanks for your comment. To read more about stem cells and how stem cells can target the lungs, feel free to check out our stem cell treatment basics page. If you would like to learn more about stem cell treatment options, contact us at (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  15. rose kadel

    2 years ago

    What is the process of stem cell procedures

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