Pulmonary Health & Exercise
Improve your pulmonary health with advice and treatment from an accredited exercise physiologist at Live Well Rehab.
Pulmonary Health Conditions Treated at Live Well Rehab Include:
Obstructive Lung Diseases
People suffering from chronic lung conditions are often less active, and easily lose the strength in their muscles. With regular supervised exercise from your physiologist, your muscle strength and fitness can be improved and maintained. Through exercise, one can improve breathing, clear chest mucus, reduce breathlessness, and improve body balance.
We have some of the most qualified respiratory physiologist’s to teach you how to breathe, show you how to pace and how to coordinate your breathing to that of your unique movements. Through exercise some conditions such as obstructive lung diseases (Asthma, Bronchitis, Emphysema and COPD) and Restrictive lung diseases can significantly be improved.
People with obstructive lung diseases mainly suffer from shortness of breath. Due to narrow airways inside the lungs, the air exhaled comes out slower than normal. Some Obstructive Lung Diseases include:
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
One major problem affecting people with the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is shortness of breath during exercise, hence the reason to avoid it. The reduced level of fitness caused by lack of exercise results in extreme difficulty breathing and shortness of breath occurs at a much lower rate than normal. COPD affects elderly people mostly because of their inactivity, resulting from loss of muscle mass and strength.
We believe through becoming more active one can reverse this cycle by helping to improve your heart, circulation and muscles, reducing stress caused by exercise. With the aid of our respiratory physiologists, one would be able to exercise with less shortness of breath, increase activity, and the quality of your life.
Asthma is a long-term chronic lung disease that causes narrowness and inflammation of the airways. It results in unending wheezing periods, chest tightness, breath shortness and frequent coughing. This condition can affect anyone, a child or an adult.
However, with our guidance and advice, we can show you how regular exercise can improve the strength of your lungs, increase the intake of oxygen and help you breathe without any struggle, and help you manage asthma. We understand that exercise can be dangerous especially if your asthma is uncontrolled, that’s why we provide a strategic exercise program with relevant and specific recommendations that will help adjust asthma medication and accommodate increased physical activity.
When your lungs don’t receive enough air, you may experience persistent coughing and breathing problems which is commonly associated with bronchitis. People with chronic bronchitis can easily suffer from severe lung damage which is why they should find out from our respiratory experts how exercise can help reverse this condition.
This is a lung condition causing breath shortness where the air sacs found in the lungs are damaged, creating air spaces that are too large instead of normal small ones. People with this problem often have a reduced surface area of the lungs causing a decrease in oxygen reaching the bloodstream. The condition is very common in men between 50- 70 years, and it’s usually diagnosed through X-rays and pulse oximetry among other tests.
Our physiologists will take you through steps on how to quit smoking, which is a major contributor of this condition and also provide you with a regular exercise program that will help your body get adequate training on how to use oxygen, reduce breath shortness as well as improve the capacity of your lungs.
Restrictive Lung Diseases
This chronic condition causes people to have the inability to fill their lungs with enough air, causing the lungs to be restricted from expanding to full capacity. With restrictive lung disease, what is mostly experienced is lung stiffness or chest wall stiffness, weak muscles, and even damaged nerves, resulting in lung expansion restriction. Cystic Fibrosis is one such disease associated with restrictive lung disease.
There are a considerable number of people affected by this disease in Australia. It’s a progressive genetic condition which persistently causes lung infections and limits breathing ability over time. The primary reason for lung infection is thick mucus build up in the lungs, which eventually causes breathing difficulties. Research indicates that more than 70,000 people around the world are diagnosed with this condition, and 75% of those 70,000 have it by two years of age.
Our qualified doctors will provide you with the right information on how regular physical exercise can benefit you through clearing mucus from the lungs, slowing lung function and teach you which exercises will be effective in fighting this condition.
Your respiratory system is vital to the wellbeing of your body hence there are important things that have to be considered. Our accredited psychologists are professionals with many years of medical experience that can help you improve the functions of your lungs and your overall health.