“MY BREATHING CLASS”
(For suffers of chronic lung conditions)
For this class we do prefer a referral from your doctor – not everyone is suitable for this program. We also ask that you bring your latest lung function test results (your doctor can supply you this). Comfortable loose clothing, towel and gym shoes are required.
On your first visit we will do a simple exercise test then work out a program based on your ability. From time to time we can redo the test to see how well your going. Exercise training is the foundation of pulmonary rehab.
Our program is designed to complement the shorter, more educational programs that are available. It consists of aerobic, strengthing and flexibility exercises. Most programs run for 6-8 weeks. We offer an ongoing exercise class once or twice a week, that you can keep coming to for as long as you like. Research studies have shown that to maintain your fitness and continue to feel the benefits regular attendance is necessary. (Comfortable gym clothes recommended)
Do you get Breathless Everyday?
You are not alone. Many Australians live with chronic lung disease – COPD which includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis and asthma as well as restrictive lung disease such as interstitial lung disease.
Pulmonary rehabilitation does not have an impact on the lungs themselves, but it can have a dramatic effect on how well we can function with limited lung capacity.
Pulmonary rehabilitation programs are now an integral part of the management and health maintenance of patients with chronic lung disease.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association advises that exercise therapy, consisting of aerobic exercise (eg cycling/walking) and strengthening exercise, is effective in improving the maximum and functional exercise capacity in patients with COPD.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have been to Pulmonary Rehab programs before,
Why should I do it again?
Most other programs run for 6-8 weeks. We offer an ongoing exercise class, once or twice a week, which you can attend for as long as you like. It is well known that on completion of a short program, the benefits you gain will to some degree, wear off over the months or years.
How is your class different from other Pulmonary Rehab programs?
Exercise training is the foundation of pulmonary rehab. We offer exercise only classes supervised by a physiotherapist. It is designed to complement the shorter, more educational programs that are available. It consists of a combination of aerobic, strengthening and flexibility exercises.
What should I wear?
Comfortable, loose clothing and gym shoes. A towel is a good idea to bring as well.
Do I required a referral?
We do prefer a referral from your doctor – not everyone is suitable for the program. We also ask that you bring your latest lung function test results with you (your doctor will have these if you don’t).
How good/bad do I need to be to attend?
There is a starting point for everyone. On your first visit we will do a simple exercise test then work out a program for you based on your ability. We can from time to time redo the exercise test so you can see how you are improving.
What happens on my first visit?
You will see one of our physiotherapists who will ask questions about your health, do a simple exercise test with you and set up a program for you.
How often do I need to come?
Our classes are conducted twice a week. You can come once a week or twice a week, whichever you prefer.
How long is the class?
The class is run over one hour, giving you plenty of rest periods for recovery between exercises.