How does pulmonary rehabilitation help treat emphysema?

Pulmonary rehabilitation attempts to treat emphysema in all the ways that medication cannot. It has several components, the first of which is education. The more you know about emphysema, the more you'll understand what you need to do to improve your symptoms. Another component is exercise. Emphysema can make strenuous physical activities difficult, but if you start with a simple exercise like walking, you can build up your stamina and improve your ability to stay active. Ways to conserve energy for physical activity and good breathing strategies are covered, too. Pulmonary rehabilitation also involves nutritional counseling. Eating healthier is part of living healthier, and it can make a big difference. Counseling, group support, and tips for handling challenges like travel or emotional problems may also be part of the rehabilitation. At the end of the day, pulmonary rehabilitation can't heal your lungs, but it can greatly improve your quality of life.

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