Pulmonary rehabilitation helps you maximize your quality of life by learning to manage lung conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic asthma, cystic fibrosis and interstitial lung disease or pulmonary fibrosis.

Expert Respiratory Rehab in the Seacoast

Take advantage of the Second Wind pulmonary rehabilitation program at Portsmouth Regional Hospital to help you stabilize or reverse symptoms of chronic lung disease. Our program is accredited by the American Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and recognized by the American Thoracic Society as the standard of care for moderate to severe lung disease.

How You Benefit

Our multispeciality team of professionals evaluates your needs and tailors a therapy program to fit your specific situation—improving your ability to breathe easier every day. Because inactivity can worsen breathing issues, exercise is a key component of the program. We monitor your health and offer support, education and resources to help you:

  • Exercise safely and improve upper body strength
  • Learn techniques for more comfortable breathing
  • Conserve your energy
  • Take your medication and use oxygen effectively
  • Improve your overall nutrition, self-esteem and level of independence
  • Stop smoking
  • Reduce anxiety, depression and the need for hospitalization
  • Enhance your range of daily activity and quality of life

Get Your Second Wind

Portsmouth Regional Hospital's Second Wind pulmonary rehabilitation program meets for two hours each Tuesday and Thursday for nine weeks. Program components include supervised exercise and education on topics related to pulmonary care and overall health. Family members are encouraged to attend education sessions with you.


Second Wind activities take place at our Center for Rehabilitation & Wellness at 155 Borthwick Avenue, West entrance.

During the first hour, you'll carry out your individualized exercise program with the personal attention and guidance of our expert respiratory care practitioners, physical therapists, exercises specialists and nurses. You'll also receive instructions for home exercise, and you'll have the opportunity to review your daily exercise diary with our staff. Regardless of your lung condition, you'll be able to increase your ability to exercise and gradually improve your stamina. While at Second Wind, your exercises may include:

  • Warm-ups and stretching
  • Walking or treadmill
  • Stationary bicycle
  • Rowing machine
  • Free weights

In the second hour, you'll participate in educational sessions to help you learn about basic lung anatomy and what happens during certain illnesses, as well as:

  • Common medications, why they're used, when to take them
  • Proper nutrition and how eating better means breathing better
  • Relaxation techniques, stress management, breathing exercises
  • Energy conservation
  • Environmental irritants and infection control
  • Oxygen therapy and home care services
  • Balance training
  • Advance directives
  • How to be an active member of your healthcare team

Start Right Now

Ask your physician for a referral today so you can experience the results of pulmonary rehabilitation—more control over your condition and greater independence in your everyday activities. Our staff can help you request a referral.

Preparing for Your Second Wind

Before you can begin the program, you may need a breathing test if you haven't completed one recently. We'll also schedule you for an assessment and orientation session, including a supervised walk test, to help us establish your eligibility and identify your specific needs, so we can tailor a program to fit your specific situation. At the end of the program, you'll repeat the health assessment and supervised walk test to measure your improvement.

Cost and Insurance

Many insurance carriers cover the cost of pulmonary services. You may be responsible for a co-payment. Review your policy or ask your insurance company about pre-program certification and/or reimbursement.

Our program fee includes interval training, education, oxygen saturation monitoring and the personal attention of our expert staff. If you're eligible for Medicare, a percentage of the cost is covered.


When you complete the program, we'll celebrate your success with a certificate of achievement. In addition, you and your physician receive a report outlining your progress.

Maintenance Program

"Maintain the gain" and make continual improvement by participating in our self-pay maintenance program. Graduates of Second Wind receive the first month free. Depending on the number of visits, your costs may range between $20 and $40 per month. Choose from eight maintenance classes each week, including:

  • Supervised open exercise time
  • Supervised exercise hour

Call Second Wind Today

For more information about our Second Wind program, including details and costs, call (603) 433-4895.

More Support for Your Recovery

Our compassionate clinicians, nurses and therapists at Portsmouth Regional Hospital provide additional rehabilitation services and deliver the expert care you need. Your overall recuperation, return to daily activities and outlook on life can also benefit from our services for pain management, behavioral health and integrative care.