Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Improving the quality of life for people with chronic lung disease

South Shore Health's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program helps patients living with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, or another chronic lung condition to restore health and improve quality of life.

Our program combines therapeutic exercises with education on how to manage stress and how nutrition can improve health and fight infection. Our experts will also review respiratory medications, can provide oxygen therapy, and provide an overview of the anatomy of the respiratory system.

Learn more about the program below.

The program meets twice a week for up to 12 weeks at South Shore Hospital. Each session consists of one hour of monitored exercise in a group setting (customized to meet your ability). Exercise equipment includes stationary bicycles, treadmills, rowing machines, low-level weights, and arm-strengthening exercise machines.

Once a week, the exercise session is followed by an educational lecture.

We also offer a pulmonary support group on the fourth Thursday of every month at 1:30 PM at South Shore Hospital.

You need a physician’s referral to join the pulmonary rehab program. Also, some medical tests are required, including an EKG and pulmonary function test. If you have already had these tests, please provide copies of your results. These results should be from tests taken within the past 12 months.

You’ll meet with our rehab team to review your medical history and your goals for participation in the program.Together, we’ll develop a plan to help you reach your highest potential.

A pulmonary rehabilitation medical director, exercise physiologist, respiratory therapist, and registered dietitian. In addition, classes may be taught by a registered pharmacist and an occupational therapist.

We will verify your insurance coverage before you join the program.