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Understanding Singing for Lung Patients

A complex & coordinated activity, singing is a one stop solution to relieve stress, feel happy & have healthy lungs


WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT STRUCTURES FOR SINGING?


The Diaphragm is the most important structure, which functions as the main muscle of breathing. Slow controlled expiration requires strength in the diaphragm which help us sing better. The next most important structure is the larynx or the voice box, which controls the vocal cords.



WHAT DOES THE DIAPHRAGM DO?


  • The Diaphragm is the main muscle necessary for our normal breathing

  • It connects the upper & lower body & regulates the connective tissue

  • Vagus nerve, large blood vessels pass through the Diaphragm

  • The Diaphragm thus regulates all important structures, controlled via slow deep breathing


HOW SHOULD ONE SING?


  • Always remember to perform warm up before singing

  • Good posture is a must

  • You can do neck movements, practice pursed lip breathing, deep breathing exercises before singing

  • Listening is a must

  • Singing can be done by practising simple notes, practising the same note with different variation, karaoke songs, humming, etc.

  • Screaming should be avoided

  • Sing within the limits of your voice & breath


SUMMARY


  • Singing has a lot of beneficial effects on the lung health such as increasing lung volumes, helping mucous clearance.

  • Singing regularly can also help reduce breathlessness.

  • The Diaphragm, the vocal cords are main structures for singing

  • The Diaphragm muscle is a very important structure

  • Warm up & good posture is essential.







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