Whether you can carry a tune or not, singing is a great way to further enjoy life with chronic lung disease. In fact, not only can singing lift your spirits, but it can actually help decrease your symptoms, according to Everyday Health.
Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can slow the progression of the disease by keeping chest muscles strong and active. Traditional methods for accomplishing this include breathing exercises, stretching and light aerobics, but group therapy singing sessions are certainly a valid addition to COPD treatment.
Everyday Health highlights a group led by Nursing Professor Donna Goodridge, which meets weekly for singing sessions with a music therapist. To help quantify the benefits the participants are seeing, researchers closely monitor the effects that singing has on lung function.
Here are the reasons why group therapy singing sessions are so beneficial, according to Everyday Health.
- Breath control: Singers really know how to use their air and increase lung capacity. COPD patients can develop similar traits by participating in group therapy singing sessions.
- Social opportunity: Other treatment methods for improving lung function are done at home alone. However, group singing is akin to being in a choir and provides a social event that you can look forward to. Such a social event may improve your overall well-being and make you feel more satisfied living life with chronic lung disease.
- At-home practice: While getting together as a group is beneficial, singing is something you can also do on your own. Learn about breath control and vocal warm-up during your therapy session, and implement what you learn at home between sessions to keep your chest muscles strong. One participant in Goodridge’s study said, “My breathing has really improved. Even though I’m not the best singer, we’ve been encouraged to sing at home, and I’ve been doing that, too. It’s all been working really, really well.”
With continued research into the benefits of singing, this method of breath improvement could become a regular treatment for COPD. For more about enjoying life with chronic lung disease, sign up to receive daily blog posts from DoMoreWithOxygen.com today.
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