St. Nicholas Hospital Services > Therapeutic Exercise

Regular, progressive exercise and disease management can be extremely beneficial in recovery from illness or injury, in managing chronic health conditions, and as a goal in improving overall fitness and conditioning levels.  The St. Nicholas Hospital Therapeutic Exercise Department encompasses a variety of therapeutic exercise programs for patients with chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, and diabetes, as well as for individuals recovering from illness or injury.


Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cardiac rehabilitation is a specialty service designed to assist individuals to recover fully following a heart attack or other heart problem. The nationally certified program is based on standards established by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. It is offered in three phases to meet the needs of new cardiac patients as well as individuals maintaining their cardiac health on an outpatient basis. All phases are designed to help individuals lead productive, active, and healthy lives. Fitness training, strengthening, and cardiovascular risk factor modification are part of each phase.  Cardiac rehabilitation is provided by a multidisciplinary team trained in cardiac care. The team includes a registered nurse with advanced cardiac rehabilitation training and certification, a registered dietitian, exercise physiologists, other registered nurses, and technicians.

Lifetime Exercise Program
The Lifetime Exercise Program is a maintenance-level program designed to provide exercise and education to help the patient continue on the road to recovery. Tailored to the needs of each individual, the goal of the program is to encourage the continual development of a healthy lifestyle. The program is staffed by Exercise Physiologists and registered nurses and includes blood pressure and heart rate monitoring, supervised exercise conditioning and strengthening, and health and medication counseling.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Patients with chronic lung disease (COPD) such as asthma, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, and bronchitis as well as individuals with other pulmonary diseases and conditions may be referred by their physician to the St. Nicholas Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.  This nationally certified program is based on standards from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. It features supervised exercise and education designed to help individuals with chronic lung disease break through the cycle of breathing difficulties, fatigue, and depression. 

A multidisciplinary group of pulmonary rehabilitation professionals, including a board-certified pulmonologist, nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, and exercise physiologists, work together to help participants improve their quality of life and enhance their ability to perform daily living activities.

This exercise and education program is a unique opportunity for individuals with a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions to benefit from a medically supervised exercise regimen.  RESTORE is designed for those who are weakened or deconditioned by a variety of conditions, including arthritis, congestive heart failure, diabetes, neuromuscular disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and more.  Participants follow an individualized treatment plan for exercise and education in a group setting, using exercise equipment specifically designed to meet the needs of patients with physical challenges.  The program is safe and enjoyable with an abundance of emotional support, guidance, and encouragement.  It includes supervised exercise training to improve fitness, strength, stamina, and flexibility; condition-specific education; home exercise and diet instruction; risk factor modification; instruction on proper use of medications; and smoking cessation assistance.  Participants may be self-referred or physician referred.  The program may be covered by insurance.

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