If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or another chronic lung condition, creating and listening to music can be a healthy and fun activity for you. In particular, singing and playing a wind instrument (like the flute, harmonica, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet or trombone) are associated with numerous physical and mental benefits for people who have COPD.
Physical Benefits Gained From Music
Singing and playing wind instruments are linked to increased breath control, reduced shortness of breath and better posture for people with COPD. Active participation in making music strengthens the muscles you use to breathe, like the diaphragm and abdomen. When you sing or play an instrument, you must learn how to inhale deep, controlled breaths that use your entire lung capacity. You must also learn how to extend your exhale and fully empty your lungs. Long, deep breaths actively engage your abdominal and core muscles.
Active participation in singing or playing an instrument also improves your posture. Slumping and slouching compresses the lungs and limits their expansion and contraction when you breathe. Good posture opens up the chest cavity and increases your lung capacity. You need to be able to sit and stand up straight to maintain proper breathing techniques and hold an instrument.
Listening to music has physical benefits too. Studies have found that listening to music while exercising can regulate your heartbeat, reduce shortness of breath and improve endurance.
Mental and Emotional Benefits Gained From Music
The benefits of music extend far beyond physical improvements — joining a singing group, playing an instrument in a band and listening to music can help reduce symptoms of anxiety. These activities teach you breath control techniques that can be used to help calm you during times of stress.
Participating in a musical group can impact your social life too. People with chronic lung conditions often feel socially isolated by their disease. They believe they cannot join many social outings for fear of becoming breathless or fatigued. But you can lessen feelings of social isolation and depression by finding support and camaraderie within a musical group.
Above all, singing, listening to inspiring songs or playing upbeat tunes on an instrument is fun. And having fun reduces stress, lifts your mood and helps you view the world in a more positive light.
Music Improves Quality of Life for COPD Sufferers
Studies have found that singing, playing an instrument and engaging in musical activities help people with COPD manage symptoms of their disease and improve their quality of life. Through music, people with COPD can perceive breath and breathing as something that they can control, instead of something that controls them.
If you are searching for other ways to improve your quality of life, consider cellular therapy at Lung Health Institute. Cellular therapy is a minimally invasive treatment that uses the healing cells and platelet-rich plasma-platelet concentrate (PRP-PC) in a person’s own blood to help reduce inflammation in the lungs. At 3 months following treatment, 85% of patients report quality-of-life improvements. For more information about cellular therapy, contact one of our patient coordinators today.