Rehabilitation Assoc. Of Long Island



Our program focuses on the rehabilitation of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, i.e. asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.   The program provides exercise, educational, and nutritional support.  Our exercise goals are to optimize pulmonary hygiene, improve breathing patterns by use of diaphragmatic breathing, pursed lip exhalation, and paced breathing technique and to recondition you  with aerobic training.

Exercise tolerance can be improved with training of COPD patients.

The mechanism of improvement is through:

1.Improved energy capacity
2.Improved motivation
3.Decreased sensation of shortness of breath.
4.Improved use of accessory muscles and increased endurance of arm muscles   for activities of daily living.

During our Pulmonary program you will learn the following exercises:

1. Breathing Exercises:

  • Controlled Breathing Techniques
  • Pursed Lip Breathing (PLB)
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing (DB)
  • Paced Breathing

 2. Flexibility, Posture, Endurance Training

  • Stretch shortened neck chest and leg  muscles.
  • Strengthen arm and leg muscles and the lower and upper traps, rhomboids, hip and back extensors.
  • Other exercises such as bike , arm bike and treadmill will also be used as needed.