Harmonicas can help strengthen your lungs

There is more to the program than just improving lung function.

(WLUC) – A program at Michigan’s Dickinson Memorial Hospital is helping patients improve their lung function and make music at the same time. It is a fun way to strengthen your lungs with nothing but a harmonica.

“Patients with chronic lung disease often struggle to get the air out rather than get the air in” says Nurse Shirley Dishaw-Beck. “I think the harmonica provides benefits for both air in and out, but it does help with exhalation or breathing air out.”

There is more to the program than just improving lung function.

“There are good physiologic benefits from playing the harmonica” said Dishaw-Beck. “It is also a nice way to end our sessions on kind of a positive note, so to speak.”

Classes are catered to the individual needs of each patient.

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