Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) is an exercise and education programme for patients diagnosed with a chronic respiratory condition. The programme is run by specialist physiotherapists, but additional support is provided by respiratory nurses and dietitians during the education sessions. PR is widely regarded as an essential treatment for patients with a variety of breathing conditions, and is designed to improve your general health, physical ability and emotional well-being.
Patients with moderate to severe breathing problems (e.g. breathless on climbing stairs) usually see the greatest benefit from PR. It helps patients to understand more about their condition and develop self confidence, which allows them to manage their condition effectively.
So give it a try - PR does not make you worse. It should make you feel better, breathe easier and help you cope with everyday life.