Human Performance Center Physical Therapy in Santa Barbara

Physical Therapy Services at HPC

We know you’d like quick relief from your pain so you can get moving again and get back to your healthy, active life. All physical therapy treatment here in HPC Santa Barbara is meant to prevent future problems so you’ll learn how to take charge of your pain.

Pulmonary Therapy

I become short of breath with exertion and I tire easily

Live well and breathe easier

Is within your control!

Pulmonary physical therapy at the Human Performance Center has been described by one program participant as “a life-saving pathway between inactivity and activity, isolation and socialization, depression and hope, and from being an observer of life to an active participant”. If you have been told you have emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension or are recovering from a lung transplant or lung cancer you owe it to yourself to learn more about this excellent program. Many individuals with lung conditions are forced to reduce their activity level in response to the fatigue and shortness of breath they experience. Pulmonary physical therapy can help bring back a feeling of control and a real quality to life.

How we can help…

Reduce symptoms; regain function

The goals of this program are: Teach you to breathe more efficiently to reduce your shortness of breath. Increase your strength and physical activity tolerance. Help you self-manage flare-ups to prevent future hospitalizations. Improve your function and quality of life

What to expect…

A Comprehensive program

You’ll find that we are very good listeners so we’ll ask about any other medical condition that might interfere with your physical activity. We’ll do a very careful assessment of your breathing pattern and posture, your strength and endurance, and we’ll measure your oxygen saturation, heart rate, EKG, blood pressure and shortness of breath levels with activity. We will use all this information to plan a safe and effective program that’s right for you. Then we’ll lead you through a medically-monitored physical activity program to increase your endurance and strength and show you techniques for easier breathing. If you need oxygen during activity, we will determine the flow rate and delivery method that is best for you. We’ll work very closely with your doctor every step of the way. A respiratory therapist will teach you how to use your inhaled medications. You’ll also have the option of meeting with counselors for emotion support and to explore beneficial community resources. A dietitian is available for nutritional counseling.

How to get our help…

Ask your doctor or call us directly

Your physician, medical provider or specialist can refer you to the Human Performance Center or you or a family member can contact us directly for more information. In either case, we coordinate our care with your personal physician. Please contact us by phone at: 805 687-8553 Or, e-mail us at:

Please explore the very helpful website links and support groups in the Tabs below!

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Information on Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and other topics

Portable Oxygen – A Users Perspective

National Home Oxygen Patients Assoc.

National Jewish Medical Research Center

National Lung Health Education Program
Many resources for those with COPD including a 106 page document “Frontline Advice for COPD patients”

Pulmonary Education Research Foundation
This website and organization is dedicated to providing help for those with chronic respiratory disease through education, research and information.

The Pulmonary Paper  888-448-7848

Your Lung Health  972-243-2272

Efforts Emphysema Foundation
A non profit foundation founded and operated by patients with COPD

How to Use Inhalers

COPD International

COPD Alert  – support and advocacy group
Vlady Rozenbaum, PhD

COPD Foundation

Alpha-1 Association  877-228-7321

Global Initiative for COPD
The GOLD document is a scientific guideline for physicians in treatment of COPD. It is written by a distinguished panel of experts and is updated every two years. There is a section for patients as well.

Aralast support for Alpha 1 patients

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