Moving your body in “smart” ways helps save energy. It also helps protect you from the risk of injuring yourself. Standing Up To stand, scoot to the edge of the chair.Lean forward slightly so your nose is over your toes and breathe in.As you breathe out, push yourself up using your arms.Remember, it can be … Continue reading Proper Body Mechanics: Move the Right Way
If you learn to do your daily tasks more efficiently, you will be able to do more with less shortness of breath. When you go about your everyday routine, remember to Plan, Prioritize, Position and Pace Yourself! #1: PLAN AHEAD Write down plans for the day or week. Figure out when you have the most … Continue reading Energy Conservation Tips for People with Pulmonary Diagnoses
By Rachel Long, PT, DPT Many people suffer from vestibular symptoms, which include problems with balance and vision as well as position or movement-related dizziness. Common complaints include vertigo, unsteadiness, lightheadedness, motion sickness, sense of tilting, frequent falls or loss of balance. Dizziness itself is not a disease- it is a symptom that often times … Continue reading What is Vestibular Rehab?
TRICARE, one of the nation's largest insurers wants their members to get physical therapy for back pain. They think that treating back pain with PT is so important that they're willing to waive the cost to their members. That's a huge deal. When's the last time you remember an insurance company covering the entire cost … Continue reading TRICARE Thinks PT is so Valuable, They’re Covering the Whole Cost!
Most people with chronic lung disease take several medications to help relieve daily symptoms. Your doctor will help find the best medications for you and your condition. It is important to remember that even if you are feeling well, you should not skip any dosages. Bronchodilators These medications help to relax and open your airways, … Continue reading Medications for Pulmonary Patients
1. The "Goldilocks" of Weather. Weather that is too hot can increase the severity of symptoms in patients with COPD. Likewise, weather that is too cold can make it more difficult to breathe . The perfect temperature for people with COPD is around 70 degrees. Ideally, humidity should be between 35-50% inside your home. 2. … Continue reading 6 Ways Weather Affects Your Breathing
By: Jeanette Kochman, PT, DPT, OCS Pulmonary rehabilitation has been clearly demonstrated to improve quality of life in individuals with COPD. Too often, those with chronic lung disease find themselves in a downward spiral of inactivity and isolation. The good news is, there is something out there to inhibit this downward spiral. Pulmonary rehabilitation is … Continue reading COPD Patients Encouraged to Take Advantage of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
By: Kala M. Markel, PT, DPT A new year means new beginnings and fresh starts. January also means colder temperatures, and if you have a pulmonary issue like COPD, asthma, or emphysema, the cold weather can bring on increased symptoms of shortness of breath and coughing. Always layer your clothing when going outsideDon’t underestimate even … Continue reading Tips for Staying Healthy this Winter Season
By Rachel Long, PT, DPT Have you ever experienced dizziness or vertigo (the sensation of spinning) when changing positions? You may be experiencing Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). This condition is the most common cause of dizziness and has a high rate of resolution if correct positioning treatment is performed. Defining BPPV Benign: non-life threatening … Continue reading Self-Treatment of Vertigo (BPPV)
Common Symptoms: Increased coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breathChest tightness that does not go away with your normal medicationsChanges in your mucus color, smell or thicknessTan, yellow, green, or red/rusty colored mucusShallow, or more rapid breathingFever chills, night sweatsConfusion, or feeling more tired than normalMuscle aches, pains or headachesIncreased usage of recue inhaler or nebulizer … Continue reading Signs of Infection or COPD Exacerbation