A pulmonary rehab program that included breathing exercises, pulmonary hygiene techniques, and more, improved physical activity in non-CF bronchiectasis patients.
Researchers investigated the effects of a pulmonary rehabilitation program on the physical activity and general health of 19 adults with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis. The patients were asked to follow an exercise program at home for four days a week over two months.
Results revealed that physical performance improved somewhat after the program, as shown by increases in 6MWT distances and respiratory muscle strength, and a decrease in dyspnea (shortness of breath) scores. However, none of the increases reached statistical significance, the study noted.