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Playing Some Instruments May Improve Health

By Tom Herrin

Some things that people do, with entirely different intentions, may contribute to better health as a secondary benefit.  When many people think about those who are more musically inclined, they somehow picture them as less athletic and more artistic in nature.  While that may be true in respect to their interests, playing some instruments can do a pretty good job of improving health. Those who play brass or wind instruments may gain some things that are mostly considered to be accomplished by active exercise programs.  Since these instruments’ sound relies upon air supplied by the musician, they make a unique contribution to an exercise program.

They May Support Better Breathing

Most such instruments make their sound when people are using their full lung capacity.  Those that have a lower sound work by a person using their total capacity with relatively low pressure.  The higher sounds are made by people using greater pressure. Either one can help to form good breathing habits.  The ability to empty the lungs completely is useful for many who are in need of increasing lung capacity.

They May Help Improve Posture

For many people, posture is a big problem.  Playing an instrument that uses air for sound means that the person playing it will have to hold themselves more erect, whether they are standing or sitting.  The muscles responsible for that will be worked and more likely become somewhat toned. Holding their instrument as they hold themselves upright will provide a little extra work since most of these instruments weigh a few pounds.  This training can pay off in physical conditioning without trying to do so.

It May Help with Self Confidence

Doing something and being successful at it can provide a great feeling of success.  Anytime this happens, it also builds self-confidence. Setting a goal, such as learning to play an instrument and doing it well, can help anyone feel that that they are more capable and can accept challenges.  I enjoy trying to play myself. While I may not be at a high level yet, the feeling of satisfaction I get from learning and being able to play a new song is rewarding. If you can already play but haven’t lately, get in a little practice.  If you can’t play, it is worth looking into. It may be a subtle way to improve your health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev.

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