Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation is an important way to reduce the impact of chronic lung disease, allowing you to be less breathless and achieve a better quality of life. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the University of Michigan  brings together a dedicated team of experts to provide a supportive, attentive, and compassionate environment utilizing individualized treatments to help those with pulmonary disease reduce their symptoms and improve their lives.

About the University of Michigan Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Candidates for the 8-week Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program include:

  • People with breathing disorders
  • Adults diagnosed with chronic lung diseases
  • Those considering or who have undergone lung surgery, including lung transplantation

Patients who attend our program learn multiple ways to improve their breathing. Other benefits of the program include:

  • Increased exercise tolerance
  • Reduced anxiety and depression associated with pulmonary disease
  • Education about lung disease, treatment options, and coping strategies
  • Methods to control and alleviate breathing difficulties

Our team will take a thorough history, review your symptoms, current treatments, and any other health issues, and identify your short- and long-term goals. From that information, we’ll create a plan tailored to your specific needs. Your therapy program may include an exercise regimen (comprising strength and aerobic training, breathing training, smoking cessation, nutrition support, and/or counseling). Oxygen saturation, blood pressure, and heart rate are monitored while you exercise.

Patients who have completed the program may continue to exercise in our informal Maintenance Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

How to Enroll

To enroll in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, your physician must refer you. Please call your doctor and ask for a referral.

For more information about the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the University of Michigan, call 734-998-8723. Our hours of operation are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday.

Other Pulmonary Rehabilitation Support Groups

Other opportunities for group support include joining the University of Michigan Harmonica Club to improve breathing and attending the Quest for Breath Ideopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis support group:

  • University of Michigan Harmonica Club: Playing the harmonica is fun and great exercise for your lungs. The University of Michigan Harmonica Club meets on Tuesdays in the rehab gym. It’s open to anyone who has a breathing problem (COPD, asthma, emphysema, etc). Those interested in joining the harmonica club should call the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at 734-998-8723 and ask to be referred to the club's director. Participants must purchase their own harmonica. View a video showing a University of Michigan Harmonica Club meeting.
  • Quest For Breath Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group: A team of medical professionals facilitates the group, which features guest speakers providing up-to-date information on topics of concern to patients. The group meets on the second Saturday of each month, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the University of Michigan Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Suite. Patients and their loved ones are invited. Read more about Pulmonary Fibrosis.