There was an interesting piece on PM on Radio 4 last night as I drove home from work about an experiment being done at Royal Brompton hospital in London, one of the main lung specialist hospitals. They deal with people with Asthma, CF, COPD, and so on and have introduced singing lessons and group singing on the wards. There were testimonials from a number of patients saying their ability to move around and get things done had increased since starting the singing. The doctor in charge said that simply teaching people breathing techniques can sometimes be detrimental as they become even more conscious of their breathing and this can lead to tension, but if you introduce the techniques through singing it works.
I have always maintained that singing has helped me fill my lungs and make the most of what capacity I have - nice to be vindicated and brilliant that more people are getting the opportunity and the benefits.
More here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8085201.stm
5 weeks ago