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Healing Life and Lungs After Covid – Part 7

Friday, November 24, 2023 12:57 PM

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December 5, 2022 by Betsy Thomasom

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

With pulmonary fibrosis, the ability to be active in daily routines and exercise can improve with pulmonary rehabilitation. I witnessed this myself decades ago when I managed a pulmonary rehabilitation program at a large New Jersey hospital. The program participants had a variety of disabling lung issues, but even with these limitations, tailored exercise routines increased their ability to care for themselves. A prescribing phy­sician admitted to me that the pulmonary rehab program had improved his patients’ functionality so much that they no longer called him with crises. Anecdotal evidence like this is powerful and motivational.

Movement of solids, liquids and gases within your body is supported by the movement of your arms and legs. Walking—even very slow walk­ing—is the best form of exercise, but if you are unable to walk, exercising in a chair or on a bed is also effective. Walking and other forms of ex­ercise are most beneficial when combined with efficient breathing, such as taught with BODs. With practice, your muscles will understand the new routine of active outbreath and pas­sive inbreath. This outbreath-focused, efficient breathing reduces your work of breathing. The result is that you save and gain energy—energy that you’ve “found” through efficiency.