Music therapy and breathing conditions

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Research shows singing can help people with respiratory disorders in a number of ways including exercising the major muscle groups in the upper body, improving the efficiency of the cardiovascular system and improving oxygen intake leading to increased alertness.

Inspire is a group at our North London centre for adults who suffer from respiratory disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Through group singing, vocal exercise and postural work, those attending the group often  see an improvement in their symptoms.

The Inspire Group at our North London Music Therapy centre was founded by the creator of Singing for Breathing™ Phoene Cave, an ongoing project for patients of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

In an evaluation of the Singing for Breathing™ project:

• 83% felt markedly physically different after the workshop

• 95% of participants found the workshops very enjoyable

• 82% felt the workshop taught them to think about breathing in a different way

• 93% would come back for more workshops

If you’d like to speak to one of our therapists about music therapy and breathing conditions, get in touch or find out how to make a referral for you or on behalf of an organisation.