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It is a 6 week exercise program designed to improve the endurance of your heart, lungs, and muscles. The program includes warm-up and cool-down stretches, arm and leg exercises. Participants will also exercise on a treadmill and/or stationary bicycle.
The benefits of exercise include:
Referrals are accepted from LHSC physicians for people with lung disease.
The Thoracic Physiotherapy Program is located in Building E (The Old Westminster Tower) of Victoria Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, on the 3rd Floor, Room #120. The exact Room # is E3-120. If you will be driving daily, you may want to purchase a monthly parking pass from the parking attendant OR you may wish to use the meters located behind building E (access off the Commissioners Road entrance to the hospital). The Parking Lot #7 is located off the Baseline Road entrance (see map). It is best to use the Parking Meters when you come in for your Assessment Visit.
For your first assessment you will be doing a 6-minute test and completing a questionnaire with the physiotherapist. This appointment will take approximately 75 minutes. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for exercise. Eat at least 2 hours before and use your inhalers as usual. If you normally use oxygen or use a walker please bring it with you.
These exercise classes take place Monday to Friday in the afternoons. It takes approximately an hour and a half to complete the program each day.