Andy Still - our Woodwind Specialist is an asthma sufferer and has this to say...
The number of people suffering from Asthma has increased over the last 30 to 40 years and continues to rise, particularly among children and young people. Various reasons have been cited, including allergies and general air pollution, most notably around heavily urbanised areas. I myself contracted a mild form of the condition in later years after a particularly nasty bronchial infection.
When I've gone for check-ups, the doctors have always been surprised (and delighted) with my peak flow (which is how fast air comes out of the lungs when you exhale forcefully after inhaling fully). This is put down to me playing a musical instrument.
Here are some of the health benefits of playing a wind/brass instrument:
Of course playing an instrument has many other health benefits beyond breathing, but that's for discussion another day!