Harmonica Used As Breathing Treatment

A hospital in Maryland is giving harmonicas and song books to kids with breathing problems.  Sinai Hospital has found that playing the harmonica helps the kids breathe better.  The treatment is being used on kids with asthma, pneumonia, and children in need of post-operative therapy.
It was an idea sparked by musician Buddy Wakefield, who said he'd used the harp with his brother who had Parkinson's disease. Wakefield said he discovered that the harmonica helped with pursing lips and diaphragmatic breathing.

The best part about the program is that the kids really seem to enjoy the treatment.


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