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    Take a deep breath. Because you can. Breathing is something we take for granted until we experience difficulty in doing so. Pulmonary rehabilitation benefits anyone with a respiratory condition that reduces their functional status.

    Obstructive pulmonary diseases are:

    • chronic bronchitis (COPD)
    • persistent asthma
    • cystic fibrosis
    • bronchiectasis
    • bronchiolitis obliterans

    Restrictive pulmonary diseases are:

    • interstitial fibrosis
    • occupational or environmental lung disease
    • sarcoidosis
    • kyphoscoliosis
    • ankylosing spondylitis
    • Parkinson's disease
    • post-polio syndrome
    • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    • diaphragmatic dysfunction
    • multiple sclerosis
    • post-tuberculosis syndrome

    How does pulmonary rehab work?

    We believe that these are the keys to regaining your maximum pulmonary capabilities:

    • regular exercise
    • breathing retraining
    • maximizing your medication regimen
    • proper nutrition
    • overall knowledge of disease management
    • education to improve knowledge of lifestyle changes to accommodate lung disease

    Pulmonary rehab now also benefits people with other chronic respiratory conditions who remain symptomatic or have reductions in functional status — limitations in ability to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL) — despite standard medical therapy. If medically necessary, pulmonary rehab services may last for as long as 12 weeks, over 36 sessions. This includes two exercise sessions and one education session weekly. Discharge occurs when a patient feels able to function independently at a higher level in the home environment.

    What are the goals of a pulmonary rehab program?

    • To control and alleviate pulmonary symptoms
    • Greater independence and enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living
    • Self-manage daily living consistent with the pulmonary disease process
    • Alleviate anxiety and depression commonly associated with pulmonary disease
    • Enhance health-related quality of life

    Our services include:

    • supervised exercise training
    • education related to patient-specific pulmonary disease, disease management and suggestions for living well with lung disease through weekly education sessions
    • pulmonary medication management and bronchial hygiene education with a respiratory therapist
    • breathing retraining, teaching of diaphragmatic and pursed up breathing techniques
    • consultation with a registered dietitian and regular nutritional counseling
    • advice on smoking cessation techniques and reducing environmental exposures
    • stress management and relaxation techniques, which help to manage shortness of breath

    Contact us

    For more information about pulmonary rehab, please call (906) 483-1469 or (800) 573-5001 (toll-free).


500 Campus Drive
Hancock, MI 49930
(906) 483-1000


921 W. Sharon Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 483-1777

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945 Ninth Street
Lake Linden, MI 49945
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Ontonagon, MI 49953
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Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 483-1860

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