I’m no doctor, but sometimes I know a thing or two about a thing or two. This topic is relevant for anyone who suffers from asthma or similar breathing conditions.
…cough cough…particularly any of my students who have decided to stop lessons because of asthma.
Here are scientifically proven ways that playing a wind instrument helps to curb asthma symptoms.
- Increased lung capacity
Studies show that playing a wind instrument can make the lungs hold up to 30% more oxygen. That can reduce the need for an inhaler and give the player better function overall.
- More control over breathing
WindPlays says: “The primary physical sensation felt by most asthmatics is a “constriction” of air flow, and a smooth and constant airflow is one of the most important traits for any woodwind or brass instrument.”
Breathing to play a wind instrument also strengthens the diaphragm, which in turn allows the person to control the speed, capacity, and timing of their inhale and exhale.
- Reduced number of asthma attacks
Playing wind instruments makes for stronger and more capable lungs. In turn, this will lead to better breathing well after you put the instrument away. Musicians like Kenny G can attest to the power of playing a wind or brass instrument with asthmatic conditions.
Don’t worry, I’m not trying to sell you a bridge. Just continued music lessons.