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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes lung conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma that involve breathing difficulty, wheezing, fatigue and chronic cough. It is a leading cause of illness, disability and mortality in the United States, ranking fourth as cause of death only after heart disease, cancer and stroke (Centers for Disease Control, 2003).

It can cause considerable physical impairment and psychological distress. Pulmonary rehabilitation is aimed at improving the quality and quantity of life through supervised exercise, smoking cessation assistance, breathing instruction, dietary advice, education and psychological support.

Music for Pulmonary Health
Through a collaborative effort with the Center for Cardiac and Pulmonary Health at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, music therapy is offered as a complementary approach to achieving treatment goals and wellness in our Music for AIR (Advances in Respiration) program. In this program, music therapy is used to address the physical symptoms of pulmonary disease, including techniques to enhance breathing and cope with symptoms such as dyspnea, as well as providing psychosocial support for people coping with chronic illness to enhance quality of life. Music Therapy services offered through this program are:

  • Music-assisted relaxation and guided imagery to influence heart rhythms, optimize breathing and support stress management
  • Group music-making, using simple wind instruments, to provide gentle pulmonary exercise, tension release and creative expression
  • The Sing A-Lung chorus draws on the therapeutic benefits of singing and song-writing from a variety of musical genres to enhance breath, voice and spirit

Enroll in Our Study
Adults who have COPD and meet eligibility requirements for pulmonary rehabilitation have the opportunity to enroll in our free-of-charge music therapy research study on the use of music therapy in pulmonary rehabilitation. The study involves an interdisciplinary team of physicians, physical therapists and music therapists in a collaborative effort with Mount Sinai Beth Israel 's Center for Cardiac & Pulmonary Health to investigate traditional medicine with complementary mind-body approaches. For more information, call 212-420-2709 or email razoulay@chpnet.org .

Related Research and Articles
For articles from peer-reviewed journals, research studies and authoritative literature, please see the bibliographies in the Suggested Reading section. Additional information is available through Websites listed on the Related Links page.

Questions & Further Information
For questions and further information about music therapy or referrals for yourself, your loved ones or your patients, please call (212) 420-2704 or email info@musicandmedicine.org.

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