Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects over 20 million adults in the US.  COPD is a disease in which your lungs become inflamed or damaged, making it very difficult for air to flow in and out normally.  COPD can be worse in hot weather.  The hot temperatures cause your body to work extra hard trying to cool off and demands more oxygen to be taken in. 

Managing COPD

Managing your COPD in the summer time is critical to your health.  In hot weather conditions, make sure to drink plenty of fluids, keep cool indoors and avoid strenuous activity.

Physical & Occupational therapy can help improve the quality of life for those with COPD.  The goal of therapy is to help people live with and manage your disease.  Keeping you strong is important to maintain your independence and ability to continue performing tasks you do daily such as bathing, dressing, walking, grocery shopping, etc.  Ask your doctor if therapy could benefit you.  Our therapy staff is available to meet with you personally to discuss the benefits of speech, physical and occupational therapy.