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Gaylord’s Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation is designed to help you develop new strategies for monitoring and controlling your symptoms. You will be evaluated by a pulmonologist and a respiratory therapist who will help you develop the knowledge and skills you will need to increase your strength and endurance. You’ll also reduce the number of times you experience shortness of breath and require hospitalization.
If you have been diagnosed with emphysema, chronic asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, or some other pulmonary disease, our individualized approach to treatment can help you successfully return to work, pace your daily activities, and lead a more active life.
A physician referral is necessary for participation in the Outpatient Pulmonary Rehab Program. Download the referral form and take it to your physician for completion.
Who is a candidate for Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Often, our patients enter the Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation program following a hospital stay, because they need additional care and treatment. Many others, however, enroll at the suggestion of their doctor, because they are experiencing difficulties with strength, endurance, or breathing techniques as the result of a pulmonary illness or injury.
What services are included in the program?
We use a comprehensive and individualized approach to helping our patients build their pulmonary strength. Depending on your particular needs, our services may include:
What are the techniques I can use to improve my breathing?
Pursed-lip Breathing helps open up airways and slow breathing. This technique helps open up airways and slow breathing. It also helps air trapped in the lungs escapes, letting in fresh air. Follow these steps:
Diaphragmatic Breathing increases the movement of the diaphragm, so you can get more air in and out of your lungs. To learn how to do this more complex technique contact your healthcare provider or a Gaylord Respiratory Therapist at (203) 741-3351.
I am often anxious about my breathing, how can I control my stress?
Anxiety is a common side effect of many pulmonary disorders and can affect your breathing. Developing strategies that help distract you from anxiety or pain, while you relax your mind and body, is the best place to start. Many people find these techniques helpful in controlling stress.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
What techniques can I use to prevent fatigue and breathlessness?
Our Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program will help you develop techniques to minimize your fatigue and episodes of breathlessness. For example …
Will quitting smoking help my breathing?
Absolutely. Smoking causes or worsens many lung-related diseases including cancer, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also worsens asthma symptoms among children and teens. Quitting will provide both immediate and long-term benefits to your health. Several cessation treatments are available. Choose one that works best for you. For more information, call 1-800-QUIT NOW (784-8669).
Will exercising help my breathing?
Exercise can help your body use oxygen, strengthen muscles, and improve your state of mind. Consult with your healthcare provider before you start any exercise program. Your health care provider may prescribe oxygen therapy, increase your flow rate, or prescribe medication you can take before you exercise so you can breathe more easily. Follow these tips when you’re ready to exercise:
How do I make an appointment?
A physician referral is needed to enroll in our Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. Download our Outpatient Referral Form and bring it with you to your primary care provider. Our staff would be happy to assist you in making any necessary arrangements.
Outpatient Pulmonary Rehab Appointments: (203) 741-3351
Fax: (203) 741-3305