The Ultimate Pulmonary Wellness Lecture and Webinar Series is an online and in-person education program for patients, family members, caregivers and clinicians that was started in 2013 by Dr. Noah Greenspan, DPT. These lively and informative presentations focus on the many varied aspects of not just living, but living well with pulmonary disease.
Pulmonary Wellness 101
When people first start to experience shortness of breath, they typically find ways to avoid the activities that cause them discomfort. While this may seem like a reasonable course of action, decreasing your activity will actually worsen the situation, causing you to become weaker over time, until even life’s simplest tasks can become difficult. In this section, Dr. Noah Greenspan, DPT presents the basic theory and principles behind Ultimate Pulmonary Wellness, including the mechanics of shortness of breath and teaching you the best breathing techniques to address that miserable SOB.
When it comes to living well with a pulmonary disease, fewer topics are less clearly understood than how to take your medications properly. In this section, Dr. Greenspan, DPT presents vital information about the various types and classes of pulmonary medications, helping patients understand what they are taking, why they are taking them as well as how and when to take them for maximum effectiveness.
When it comes to health and wellness, exercise is by far, one of, if not the single best, most effective lifestyle change you can make and one of the most powerful tools to improve your health as well as your overall quality of life. In this section, Dr. Greenspan, DPT presents vital information about the most effective exercises for pulmonary patients as well as how to maximize your own program with respect to frequency, intensity, time and type.
In the context of living well with pulmonary disease, the subject of nutrition may be quite different than what most of us are used to hearing (and eating). In fact, sometimes the recommendations made for the general population, particularly as they relate to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity can actually be in direct conflict with the requirements of the pulmonary patient. In this section, Dr. Greenspan, DPT presents vital information about the role of nutrition in how well or how poorly we breathe as well as how the foods we eat (or don’t eat) can impact our overall health and wellbeing.
Like yin and yang, your physical and emotional wellbeing are intimately related to each other. In addition to the physical impact on your body, living with a chronic illness can have a profound impact on your emotional health and wellbeing, as well as your overall quality of life—and vice versa. In this section, Dr. Greenspan, DPT presents vital information about the impact that stress, anxiety and depression can play in our overall health and wellbeing as well as how well or how poorly we breathe.
Airway Secretion Clearance
Mucus is one of our body’s defense mechanisms that protect us against infection. Before we discuss how to minimize and mobilize the secretions (mucus) that may accumulate in your airways as a result of your disease, it will be helpful for you to have a basic knowledge of what mucus actually is and what mucus actually does. In this section, Dr. Noah Greenspan, DPT and Marion Mackles, PT teach you the who, what, when, why and how of keeping your lungs clear and free of infection.
As far as any of us knows, we only get one life to live and for as long as I’m alive, I’m going to fight for it. In the case of Ultimate Pulmonary Wellness, this means gathering up your army, and using every weapon and tool you have at your disposal. Your army includes your family, your friends, and your doctors, and other healthcare professionals. In this section, you will hear from tippy-top specialists in the pulmonary arena, including experts in Asthma, COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Heart Disease and Sleep Medicine, among others.
All Things Oxygen
When it comes to supplemental oxygen use, people typically want three things from their delivery system. They want it to be light, they want it to last for a long time and they want it to produce a lot of oxygen. In most cases, you can have any two out of the three. In these presentations, Dr. Greenspan, DPT and Ryan Diesem, RRT discuss the ins and outs of oxygen including the various types of oxygen delivery devices and best practices for oxygen use.
Question & Answer Sessions
These live and lively Q&A Sessions can run the gamut of topics related to living well with respiratory disease.