Ask Mark …May 2011

Ask Mark … We have received many requests for Mark to describe his breathing exercise known as the “Tripod Technique”. To do the “Tripod Technique” stand near an object which is sturdy enough for you to lean against with- out shifting or moving. It should be six to twelve inches shorter than you are. Examples…

Ask Mark – March 2011

Ask Mark John Grub of Enola, PA, asks if Mark has heard complaints about changes made in Foradil Aerolizer blister packaging and wonders if others are having difficulty opening it. The perforations are poor and literally impossible to tear open and remove the covering for each capsule! I feel sorry for those that are afflict-…

Ask Mark – September 2010

Alex from Minneapolis, MN, asks Mark about exercising when you have pulmonary hypertension (PAH). Mark explains, of paramount importance is to maintain adequate oxygenation while exercising. If not maintained relatively high, breath- lessness and anxiety will rule, bring- ing those who suffer them to their knees. If you are not able to keep your saturation…

Ask Mark …May 2010

Ask Mark … Seth asks if Mark knows of scientific studies regarding the impact of exercise on COPD. Mark replies, “If you visit http:// scholar.google.com and type in this topic in the search box, you will find almost 22,000 results! Various methods to increase oxygenation and ventilation during exercise have been studied, including using CPAP…

Ask Mark – March 2010

Ask Mark Alice from New York is confused about her hospital rehabilitation exercise program and Medicare reimbursement! Mark says, “Where pulmonary rehabilitation is concerned, every- thing is tied to (1) medical necessity for services rendered, (2) potential for improvement and (3) progress in terms of improvement. If you do not make progress, have plateaued or…