With over 60 million cases around the globe and experts predicting a rise in this number in the next 50 years, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) continues to be a leading cause of disability. November marks COPD awareness month worldwide, with November 16th marking world COPD day.
Although the lung damage caused by COPD is irreversible, treatment can slow the progress of the symptoms and assist patients to breathe more easily
Physical rehabilitation has proven to be extremely helpful for people with COPD, and with the help of a registered physiotherapist, you can learn how to live a more active life. This is accomplished by assessing you on an individual basis and teaching you ways of moving that can ease your breathing difficulties. A registered physiotherapist can develop a program that includes aerobic exercise training at your level, arm and leg strength routines, and a flexibility program. They may also provide education on managing shortness of breath and clearing secretions. Because exercises will be monitored to ensure safety, they can help those suffering with COPD reduce the risk of future hospitalisation.
To learn more about COPD and it’s treatment- read our extended treatment page on the subject here.