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Making Music with Wind May Improve Health

By Tom Herrin

If people feel like they can’t make the choice between participating in the arts and trying to improve their health, they may want to reconsider.  It often seems as if someone can be involved in some kind of athletic activity, or they can be involved something that is more artsy. For those who choose to play a musical instrument, if they choose something in which they use wind, they may be able to improve their health without any running or exercising as such.  Apparently there are many benefits available to those who are willing to put in a little practice time.

It May Help Improve Breathing

Playing instruments that require the use of wind can do a pretty good job of developing better breathing practices.  The lower instruments operate on the basis of full lung capacity. The higher instruments use a lot of lung capacity as well as quite a bit of force to produce their sound.  The practice people get in breathing correctly to play such an instrument can carry over to other things they do.

It May Improve Hand-Eye Coordination

Brass and wind instruments rely primarily on two things, wind and the changes made by playing notes.  These alter the wind that travels through the instrument as determined by placing the fingers in different positions.  It requires a considerable amount of dexterity in order to make them work smoothly. Practicing and playing these instruments can improve a person’s ability quite a bit.  It can be useful in many other things related to work and/or school. Coordination of the eyes and tongue are also developed as people play these.

It May Help Build Confidence

Most people are naturally reserved about some things, particularly if they lack the confidence to be as successful as they would like to be.  Playing an instrument can put people in the spotlight. They may suddenly feel as if all eyes and ears are on them. Practicing and playing with, or in front of, others can be challenging and rewarding at the same time.  As they improve their skills, they may improve their feeling of control under pressure. If you would like to try a different way to enhance health and build confidence, pick up a brass or wind instrument and play a little tune.  It may do more good than you think.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Berkeley, Calif.


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