UC Davis pulmonary rehabilitation patients performed pieces they learned through singing therapy on May 24 in the lobby of UC Davis Medical Center.
Known as “Rockin’ Rehab,” the group sang patriotic numbers in honor of Memorial Day in addition to old standards.
People with chronic lung disease tend to rely on muscles of the neck, shoulders and back for breathing, which increases shortness of breath. Singing therapy trains the powerful muscles of the diaphragm to do more of the work of breathing, increasing airflow and improving overall health. Alternative breathing techniques are especially important during summer, when heat and reduced air quality can increase complications for those with respiratory conditions.
Pulmonary rehabilitation at UC Davis provides breathing strategies, exercise therapy, group support and disease-management education to reduce symptoms and improve the well-being of people with conditions like COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension. Much of the program’s success is the community of support and pride in improved health it brings to patients and their families, in addition to strategies for reducing the frequency and severity of symptom exacerbations.