Our Better Breathing Program is focused on better breathing in patients with moderate to severe COPD / Asthma or Lung cancer. The aspects of this, as well as, all programs were taken from the peer reviewed literature and adhered to evidence based medicine.
There are three aspects to this program – learning to breath, strengthening the chest wall and improving stamina. Quitting smoking is an entrance criterion and prevents some patient participation.Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. It is caused by damage to the lungs over many years, usually from smoking.
COPD is often a mix of two diseases: Chronic bronchitis and Emphysema. Chronic bronchitis: In chronic bronchitis, the airways that carry air to the lungs (bronchial tubes) get inflamed and make a lot of mucus. This can narrow or block the airways, making it hard for you to breathe. Emphysema: In a healthy person, the tiny air sacs in the lungs are like balloons. As you breathe in and out, they get bigger and smaller to move air through your lungs. But with emphysema, these air sacs are damaged and lose their stretch. Less air gets in and out of the lungs, which makes you feel short of breath. COPD gets worse over time. You can’t undo the damage to your lungs. Yet you can take steps to prevent more damage and to feel better.
What are the symptoms? The main symptoms of COPD are:
- A long-lasting (chronic) cough
- Mucus that comes up when you cough
- Shortness of breath that gets worse when you exercise