When questioned if they had ever observed spirometry results improve in patients, over three-quarters of these medical professionals said ‘Yes’
Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) January 30, 2015
Harmonica Techs conducted a survey at a recent annual meeting of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) where they asked medical professionals if they had “observed spirometry results improve in patients” through any of the listed interventions. Spirometry is the most common pulmonary function test and measures the volume of air inhaled and exhaled and the speed of the exhale to assess how well the lungs work. This simple test is used to diagnose COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis and other breathing disorders.
Of the 78 healthcare professionals who filled out the survey, 59 (76%) had observed improved spirometry results after a pulmonary rehabilitation program that included education, exercise, and monitoring. Pulmonary rehabilitation is the primary professional activity of most of the attendees and is covered by Medicare and most insurance companies.
Almost two-thirds of the respondents (51 people or 65%) had witnessed improved spirometry results after exercise. Patients with breathing disorders often avoid exercise and muscles around the lungs become weak. Regular exercise improves muscle strength, including the diaphragm and chest muscles, and breathing naturally improves.
Forty respondents (58%) had noted improved spirometry results after patients were shown the proper use of medications. An astonishing 93% of inhaler users demonstrated improper inhaler technique in a recent study. Proper use of medications improves breathing and saves money.
Over half of the respondents (51%) observed improved spirometry results after patients learned abdominal and pursed lip breathing. Poor breathing habits become ingrained, and learning new techniques is surprisingly effective.
Over one-third of the respondents (36%) saw improved spirometry results after anxiety relief and stress reduction therapy, while 23% had seen improved spirometry results after percussive therapy, and 14% had seen an improvement in spirometry results after playing wind instruments.
Only 7% of the healthcare professionals had never seen any improvement in patients’ spirometry.
“These results are supportive of our own study’s results,” said Mary Lou Keller, MS, Vice President of Harmonica Techs. “All nine patients improved their pulmonary function after the following program: eight weeks of educational information sessions on proper breathing techniques and the use of their medications; a brief exercise program using stretching, hand weights and chair exercises; medication adjustments, where appropriate; and use of our novel harmonic device, the Pulmonica® Pulmonary Harmonica.” Learn more at http://www.pulmonica.com/Research.htm.
For more information on complementary treatments for breathing disorders, see the recent article, Harmonica Techs, Inventors of the Pulmonica®, Unveil New Findings on Complementary Treatments for Asthma at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/12/prweb12406686.htm
About the Pulmonica:
The Pulmonica is a specially constructed and tuned Pulmonary Harmonica that produces deep, resonant, meditative sounds that can be felt vibrating in the lungs and sinuses. No musical talent is needed to use it – just taking long, slow, deep, complete breaths through the Pulmonica always sounds soothing. The Pulmonica is handcrafted for Harmonica Techs by Seydel, the world’s oldest harmonica manufacturer. Find more information at http://www.pulmonica.com and at the Pulmonica page on Amazon.com. The Kellers are available to speak to groups about harmonicas in health care and the Pulmonica. They may be contacted through their website, http://www.Pulmonica.com, or by calling 888-382-9283.