Saturday, December 10, 2016
Rehabilitation for Lung disorders
Pulmonary disorders have been shown to have some negative effects on physical activity that make it hard for an individual to accomplish everyday activities. Although these disorders are non-reversible, they can be managed for a better quality of life. The effects of lung disorders can have an effect on an individual physically and mentally. A person may have a hard time physically catching their breath, but also mentally finding the motivation and confidence to work through it.
With the added physical activity the patient is doing, it is important to add nutritional awareness to their rehabilitation as well. Considering the added energy expenditure and muscle breakdown and growth, and increase in protein is very important. This increase can help promote a healthy weight and fat-free mass.2
Although pulmonary disease is non-reversible, they symptoms can be managed with rehabilitation for an improved quality of life. A combination of cardiorespiratory and resistance training can provide the best results for a patient seeking an improved quality of life.
1Powers, S.K. and Howley, E. T. Exercise Physiology. Theory and Application
to Fitness and Performance. 2015; (9).