Newbies to this site must be confused by the constant references to PR. Now, if you aren’t a newbie shove off and play on another blog while I explain. Ok Newbies, gather round.
PR is an abbreviation of Pulmonary Rehabilitation. PR is a course that is usually run by your local respiratory service. You can access PR through them or a GP. The courses run for 6 – 8 weeks and you will usually attend twice a week.
The object of the courses is to make you fitter through gentle exercise and to improve your breathing by being taught more efficient ways of doing it. It is normal to go for a pre-course assessment before you start. In my case they decided that I would need to use a portable oxygen unit while on the course.
The sessions are usually held in church or village halls or community centres. What happens when you arrive varies slightly from region to region so I will explain my experience. On arrival I was welcomed by one of two qualified nurses. They checked the amount of oxygen in my blood stream with an oximeter. This is just a little thing that clips onto your finger for a minute or so. They call this taking your SATS. They then explained to me how the course was run.
We started off with fifteen minutes of very gentle warm up exercises. This is to avoid pulling muscles in the slightly more strenuous exercises that follow. After these I was again checked that I was ok. Next it was on to ten separate disciplines. These involved things like riding an exercise bike, lifting small weights, press-ups against a wall, stretching oversize elastic bands and step overs. I was given a clipboard with an alarmed stop watch on and told to press start on it and do just one minute of the exercise. At the end of the minute you write down how many repetitions you have done. Between each discipline you walk twice round the hall.
All of this took up about an hour. We then had the best bit, tea. Following the tea we had a talk on ways of breathing better. We were also told about continuation courses after we had finished the PR one. Did I enjoy it? Yes I did, very much so. Will I keep going for the full 8 weeks? Oh yes!
I am 70 years old and have emphysema moderate/severe. I am 4 stone overweight. If I can do it …….
Good luck, Bobby