In recent studies, techniques taught by knowledgeable pros have helped improve specific medical problems.
Three examples include:
Training the diaphragm muscle with exercises used by singers reduced the amount of acid backing up into the oesophagus – and paid off with a 75% drop in medicine use – an Austrian study found.
Exercises with slower, shallower breathing – to counter the hyperventilation that occurs – relieved the symptoms as effectively as cognitive therapy, recent research at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas in the US showed.
In a Greek study, patients had fewer symptoms and their lung functioning was improved after just 12 sessions of breath training.
Source: Good Housekeeping 2013