Singing may help treat lung conditions

15 May 2013

New healthcare research has shown that singing can help treat lung conditions. Breathlessness and quality of life can be improved by belting out tunes, according to the study. Respiratory physician Dr Nicholas Hopkinson led the groundbreaking research.

“There is common ground between singing technique and the kinds of techniques physiotherapists teach people with chronic respiratory problems,” he said. Singing can help teach patients to breathe deeply and steadily, instead of taking short, shallow inhalations.

Proper use of stomach muscles and the diaphragm can help asthma sufferers cope with their condition, if they adopt the technique for everyday life. “We have tried to approach it from the side, to train people to use their voice and their breathing for a different purpose, for singing, hoping that the skills that they gain through that in terms of controlling their breathing will actually be helpful in day-to-day life,” Dr Hopkinson said.

Although singing can have a positive impact on patients with serious lung conditions, speech and language problems triggered by lung conditions may linger. Impediments and interrupted speech can be treated through self pay therapy, available through Spire Healthcare. A number of specialists are ready and waiting to help treat language problems with attention, care and effective techniques.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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