Changes in Spirometry, Quality of Life and Well-Being in Persons with Asthma following Singing, Diaphragmatic Breathing, and Singing and Diaphragmatic Breathing: A Pilot Study

Mary L. Gick, Carina Daugherty


Singing and diaphragmatic breathing were explored as interventions for asthma symptoms, quality of life, and well-being. 60 participants (mean age = 29.7, 45 females) were assigned to singing, breathing, or singing plus breathing conditions. Breathlessness, vitality, and spirometry were measured pre and post intervention at 4 weekly group sessions; respiratory quality of life and well-being were assessed at first and fourth sessions. Asthma control and home practice were measured weekly. Some spirometry, quality of life and well-being measures improved, with no differences among conditions. Practice duration was significantly longer in singing than in breathing conditions, and practice enjoyment tended to be higher in singing plus breathing than in breathing conditions. Limitations and implications for singing research and interventions are discussed.

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by The International Association for Music & Medicine