The Galway Chest Clinic has just launched its new Breathe Freely programme designed to improve the quality of life of people with chronic lung diseases, many of whom suffer from considerable shortness of breath on carrying out simple daily tasks. In particular, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD ) due to smoking benefit from such courses.
This new course will involve an eight week programme of education and supervised exercise training. Participants will meet with a personal trainer and physiotherapist twice weekly for the eight weeks. Sessions will last two hours and will start with an hour long talk by experts on topics such as nutrition, managing disability, anxiety management, motivation, and maximising health potential. For those who need it, help with quitting cigarettes will be available. Patients in wheelchairs and those on home oxygen can also be accommodated. Following refreshments participants will spend an hour in a private gym area working through a gentle tailor-made exercise session.
People interested in attending this course should contact Anne Marie or Maureen at the Galway Chest Clinic on 091 759 949. The Breathe Freely programme is a collaboration between the Galway Chest Clinic and the Kingfisher NUI gym. Facilities are available for those in wheelchairs.