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Increasily, in the US, COPD sufferers can get help learning to overcome some of their symptoms – and even gain relief from them – through what’s called a ‘pulmonary rehabilitation program’. Is anything of that type available to you?
The instructor mix, at a given facility, may include any or all of the following: a respiratory therapist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapists, and even a dietitian.
Sessions may last from a month and half to two months, with sessions typically being three times a week.
As you’d imagine, such programs offer a spectrum of suggestions on how you can better deal with your COPD. You’ll receive advice on eating healthier, exercising properly (and sufficiently), and, importantly, how to motivate yourself to continue your exercises at home.
Program instructors usually use a photoelectric device called an oximeter to determine the percentage of oxygen in your blood stream. This can advice them, and you, what you need to do to improve it.
Is this something the NHS offers? If not, why not?
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