I do not have COPD but just saw this and thought it was really interesting so thought I would pass it on! We have a very dear friend who has a form of ALS who is a lifelong musician .. worked his way through law school as a sax player. As his lung capacity diminished he was determined to continue with his jazz band AND enhance his lung capacity .. sure enough .. he took up the harmonica AND has maintained as much of his lung capacity as possible with daily harmonica practice! So this really caught my eye! Hope it helps someone! Katherine
Modern Healthcare, Meet the Harmonicats: Using musical therapy for COPD, “Play three verses of ‘Oh! Susanna’ and call me in the morning.” That could become a common “prescription” pulmonary specialists pass on to their patients as “harmonica therapy” for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease starts to take hold. Harmonicas have been used to improve lung function at hospitals across the country, including the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.; El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, Calif.; Seton Medical Center, Austin, Texas; and Advocate Christ Medical Center near the South Side of Chicago—an area that’s produced some legendary blues harmonica players.