Get the relief you need from COPD symptoms

Learn how a special treatment can improve your health

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Pulmonary rehabilitation is one of the most important types of treatment for people with breathing problems. It may include exercises, nutritional counseling, and tips to manage COPD. Here are key things to keep in mind:

1. You’ll work with a team of experts. Think of it as your team. Your team may include doctors, nurses, and other specialists such as respiratory therapists and dietitians. You and your team will design a program that works best for you based on your health, condition, needs, and goals.

2. You’ll be given a plan. Your team will suggest exercises, lifestyle changes, and a plan that you can use in your daily life. They’ll work with you to improve your breathing as well as your overall quality of health.

3. You’ll learn ways to live easier. Using less energy throughout your day can help make it easier for you to breathe. For example, working with your team, you may learn how to reorganize items in your home to avoid reaching, lifting, and bending. These movements can make it more difficult for you to breathe. Why not make it easier for yourself?

4. You’ll become stronger. Your team can create a plan that will increase your endurance and strength. An exercise program may involve several short sessions with breaks. Your team may also encourage you to exercise several times per week on your own, too.

One breathing technique you may learn in pulmonary rehabilitation is pursed-lip breathing. Here’s how to do it: Inhale through your nose for a count of two. Then breathe out slowly through pursed lips—they should be shaped as if you were blowing out a candle. Try to exhale for a count of four to six.