What is COPD?
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) is an umbrella term emphysema, chronic bronchitis and severe refractory asthma. It is a condition in which the lungs fail to work properly despite the use of puffer and inhalers. COPD is generally caused by smoking however other lung irritants such as air pollution can also contribute.
How do I know if I have COPD?
- COPD needs to be diagnosed by either a GP or specialist respiratory physician
- A Lung Function Test is essential in diagnosis and determines the severity of the disease
- Common signs and symptoms may include
- shortness of breathe on simple tasks
- daily cough with sticky secretions
How can Functional Lungs help my COPD?
- Provide in depth education on how the lungs work and how COPD alters this normal physiology
- Provide reconditioning exercises in the form of pulmonary rehabilitation
- Teach airway clearance (chest physiotherapy) to help you easily and efficiently clear phlegm
- Provide breathing training to reduce breathlessness and increase the strength of your lungs
- Provide training on correct use of inhalers to increase effectiveness
- Provide education on diet management, using oxygen, swallowing and talking, correct use of medications, falls prevention and much more...