What is Bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis is a chronic lung condition that is characterized by abnormal widening and scarring of the airways in the lungs, called bronchi. The damaged airways can make it difficult to clear mucus from the lungs, leading to recurrent infections and inflammation that can further damage the airways. Bronchiectasis can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetic disorders, infections, autoimmune diseases, and environmental factors.

Symptoms of bronchiectasis can include:

  • Chronic cough that produces large amounts of mucus
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Recurrent respiratory infections
  • Fatigue
  • Wheezing
  • Clubbing of the fingers or toes (a deformity that occurs in some cases of chronic lung disease)

 

Treatment for bronchiectasis may include antibiotics to treat infections, bronchodilators to open the airways, chest physiotherapy to help clear mucus from the lungs, and oxygen therapy to improve breathing. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs that include exercise and breathing techniques may also be beneficial for people with bronchiectasis. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove damaged lung tissue or repair the airways.

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The Importance of Exercise in Bronchiectasis

Exercise is an important part of the management of bronchiectasis. Some of the benefits of exercise for people with bronchiectasis:

  1. Improved lung function: Regular exercise can help to improve lung function by increasing oxygen uptake, reducing inflammation, and promoting better ventilation and gas exchange in the lungs.

  2. Increased endurance: Exercise can help to build endurance, making it easier for people with bronchiectasis to perform daily activities without becoming breathless.

  3. Enhanced muscle strength: Strength training exercises can help to build muscle strength, which can improve overall physical function and reduce fatigue.

  4. Improved mucus clearance: Exercise can help to loosen and clear mucus from the lungs, reducing the risk of respiratory infections and improving lung function.

  5. Improved quality of life: Regular exercise can improve overall physical function and quality of life for people with bronchiectasis.

Live & Breathe Better with Bronchiectasis

The Lung Workshop is 8 weeks of interactive group exercise training supervised by a rehabilitation specialist. The program is tailored to your needs and follows evidence-based exercise training which aims to improve respiratory symptoms and physical function.  

Initial Assessment

Schedule a consultation to meet your trainer, discuss goals and cost, address questions, and perform a quick physical assessment.

Exercise Classes

Attend two 60-minute supervised group exercise classes every week. The sessions are online via Zoom, so you can exercise at home and not worry about traveling to a gym or centre.

Support

Receive practitioner support every step of the way. Our goal is to help you manage your condition, regain independence, and build confidence. 

FAQ

The Lung Workshop is 8 weeks of virtual group exercise supervised by a rehabilitation specialist. The program follows evidence-based exercise training which aims to reduce breathlessness, improve lung function, and enhance quality of life.

The cost is $400 for the 8-week workshop. You will also have access to the Free Online Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program during and following the Lung Workshop.

All insurance plans are slightly different. If you are unsure as to which paramedical services are covered by your insurance plan, please review your policy document or contact your insurance provider. When speaking with your provider, be sure to ask specifically about coverage for supervised exercise training with a rehabilitation specialist.

We understand that not everyone has access to a fully equipped gym or expensive exercise equipment. That’s why we’ve designed our program to be adaptable and budget-friendly. All you need is a resistance band and two light weights / dumbbells. You can get creative and use household items (e.g., soup cans, water bottles, bags of rice) if you do not have dumbbells.

The program lasts 8 weeks, which includes a complimentary consultation, 2 exercise sessions every week, and practitioner checkins.

This is a virtual program offered online via Zoom.  

No, you do not need a signed referral from a doctor to participate in our program. Our mission is to make pulmonary rehabilitation easily accessible for everyone. We encourage all clients to discuss pulmonary rehabilitation with their physician to ensure the program is right for them.

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Pulmonary rehabilitation helps ease respiratory symptoms, improve physical and psychological well-being, and increase disease management. Please discuss your decision to begin online pulmonary rehabilitation with a doctor or health care provider.

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