OMC's Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is designed to help patients with breathing problems control their symptoms and improve their day-to-day activities through exercise training and behavioral and educational programs. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation team includes physicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, social workers, mental health care providers and exercise specialists.

The goals of OMC's Pulmonary Rehabilitation program are to help patients:
•  reduce and control breathing difficulties and other symptoms
learn more about their disease, treatment options and coping strategies
learn to manage their disease and reduce dependence on health professionals and costly medical resources
maintain healthy behaviors such as smoking cessation, good nutrition and exercise

The program consists of 30 education/exercise sessions for up to 10 weeks. Participants meet three days a week for the first six weeks. These sessions include 30 minutes of group education and 90 minutes of supervised exercise. During the last four weeks, participants meet for 90 minutes of supervised exercise three days a week.

Individual educational consultations are available for patients who may need extra assistance with health problems. These include:

•  smoking cessation programs for those who still smoke
an exercise specialist for patients who want to develop a personal exercise program
physical therapy for patients suffering from musculoskeletal problems
nutritional evaluations
respiratory therapy consults on medications, inhalers or treatments
psychological help for personal mental health issues

For more information about how OMC's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program can help people suffering from chronic lung conditions learn to get more enjoyment out of life, call the OMC Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at 417-257-5959.

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