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If You Go Blow, You May Improve Your Health

By Tom Herrin

As people look for that something special and different while trying to improve their health, they explore what they may feel is everything.  The standard list gets a going over time and again. Sometimes exploring some more artistic outlets can do far more than many realize. Playing a wind or brass instrument can do more than help someone to be part of the band.  There are several ways in which playing one of these can do some good things for health physically as well as emotionally. Many people have played an instrument in their school past without ever realizing just what all was involved -- or how healthy it was.

It May Be Good for Posture and Core Muscles

When people play instruments utilizing air, they must provide the necessary wind.  In order to do this, people will need to hold their bodies upright to allow the diaphragm to function properly.  This will help to strengthen muscles that hold the body in place. These are the major support muscles that make up what is referred to as the core.  Improving them can enhance overall health.

It May Form Good Breathing

When people play instruments that rely on wind to produce sound, they normally will need to have full lungs.  For instruments in the higher ranges, they will also need greater force. Both of these practices can help to strengthen and improve lung function.  It is much the same as that done by other activities such as running or anything that demands good breathing practices. While it may seem as if playing an instrument is for those who are less athletic, the truth is that is can be a taxing activity.

It Can Be Fun

Playing an instrument can be a great way to entertain not only yourself but others.  It can be a way to build bigger social circles. It can also pull families together should multiple members join in as part of the band.  We sometimes try to tap into our family members’ talents and see what we can come up with. The enjoyment gained from making music may lift the spirit and build a greater sense of self-confidence and accomplishment.  If you already play one, practice up and do a little jamming with a few others. If you don’t play, there are lessons available almost everywhere. You can improve your health and get a little more culture at the same time.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lone Tree, Colo.

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