Pulmonary Rehabilitation - Our Program

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an exercise and education program that can greatly benefit those with lung disease. Whether caused by smoking, occupational, environmental, or genetic factors, these conditions leave people chronically short of breath and can be very debilitating. Routine activities, such as putting on a pair of socks, can leave a person fighting for air.

Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation can help such individuals return to a more active lifestyle through exercise and education. Our goal is to help these patients achieve and maintain a maximum level of independent functioning and improved quality of life.

Benefits from regular exercise and educational programs

  • Reduced hospitalizations
  • Improved well being
  • Improved exercise tolerance
  • Reduced shortness of breath

Our Program


  • Consists of up to 18 group sessions, taking about 9 - 11 weeks to complete
  • Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays:
    • 8:30—10:15am
    • 10:30am—12:15pm
    • 1:15—3pm


Patient education is essential to providing patients with the tools to feel empowered and confident that they can better manage their conditions. Education topics include but are not limited to:

  • Medications
  • Travelling
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Energy conservation
  • Breathing techniques
  • Nutrition
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Stress management


Exercise programs are tailored to each individual's fitness level and capabilities and will be designed to improve flexibility, strength, and cardiopulmonary endurance by incorporating:

  • Stretching to improve muscular flexibility and range of motion.
  • Strength training to improve upper and lower body muscular strength through the use of free weights.
  • Aerobic training to improve overall fitness through a combination of treadmill, stationary cycle, NuStep, and upper body ergometer exercise.

The key to achieving these benefits is personal motivation and a commitment to making a lifestyle change! For more information, please call (617) 983-7549.

Learn more about Brigham and Women's Hospital

For over a century, a leader in patient care, medical education and research, with expertise in virtually every specialty of medicine and surgery.

About BWH