Don’t Stop The Music!: How Music Makes Breathing Exercises Fun

by | Sep 14, 2018 | COPD, Featured, Tips

You may know that breathing exercises are helpful for maintaining and possibly even improving your lung function when you have a lung condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although there are currently no cures for most serious lung diseases, techniques such as pursed lip breathing may allow you to better manage the symptoms of your disease. What you may not know is that you don’t necessarily have to keep doing the same boring breathing exercises over and over because there are effective and fun alternative ways to incorporate breathing exercises into your life, and one of these is by making music.

Get Out There and Sing

The recent animated movie, SING, encouraged everyday people in the movie to discover and exercise their singing skills, and this message is perfect for you, too, if you have a lung condition.   While you may not be the next great singing sensation, singing is a fun way to practice your breathing exercises and obtain other potential benefits. Such benefits include:

  • Preventing social isolation associated with lung conditions by practicing in a group
  • Reducing incidents of depression
  • Improving lung muscle stamina

With all of these benefits and more, you should consider taking up some form of singing if you have a lung condition. You could join your church choir or another singing group in your community, or you may even decide to attend sessions with a licensed music therapist. Recently, a group of COPD patients formed a choir group called ‘The Pulmonaires’ To Exercise Their Lungs!
Whichever way you decide to go, using singing to practice your breathing exercises may benefit your mental and physical health in astonishing ways.

Break Out that Harmonica

Pursed lip breathing is one of the most commonly prescribed breathing exercise techniques for lung patients. There are many reasons that you may have been asked to practice this technique. For one thing, it’s been shown to be an effective way to improve the strength and stamina of your breathing muscles, including your diaphragm. The technique also assists you in purging lingering carbon dioxide in your lungs and increasing lung capacity. When you think of doing your pursed lip breathing exercises, though, you may not have thought about playing the harmonica. However, it turns out that playing this instrument is a great way to practice pursed lip breathing and have fun at the same time. Harmonica playing is an enjoyable and effective method of breathing exercise because:

  • This instrument requires you to blow in AND out to play, whereas most instruments only provide resistance when you breathe out
  • The tiny holes of the instrument provide excellent breathing muscle resistance
  • You can customize the length of the song to fit your stamina level and increase the length as your lung stamina improves

Thanks to the harmonica, your breathing exercise practice can be a time for fun instead of just more boring work.

The Lung Health Institute Promotes Alternative Therapies for Lung Conditions

The dedicated and caring team at the Lung Health Institute knows that there are many potentially helpful alternative therapies out there that may assist you with improving your quality of life with lung disease. In fact, our team has witnessed the benefits that alternative treatment methods such as dietary control and lung restoration treatment have provided to many of our patients. If you want to learn more about alternative therapies that may be able to benefit you, contact a patient coordinator at the Lung Health Institute today.

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