The healing power of music on my journey with pulmonary fibrosis

Music can be physically and emotionally therapeutic

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by Ann Reynoso |

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Music has always played a significant role in my life. From childhood choir performances to playing the trumpet in school bands, melodies have been a constant source of joy, solace, and self-expression.

Despite the challenges posed by my pulmonary fibrosis (PF), music remains a trusty companion, offering a therapeutic outlet for processing my emotions and finding acceptance. Regardless of genre, this form of expression has the power to transcend physical and emotional barriers, providing joy, inspiration, and connection, which are especially important for those facing health challenges.

In my opinion, music therapy offers a holistic approach to healing that honors the basic connection between mind, body, and spirit. Music not only provides enjoyment, promotes good feelings, and fosters harmony, but it also has profound therapeutic benefits that can offer comfort and relaxation to those of us living with chronic and rare illnesses.

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According to Psychology Today, music therapy is a multifaceted approach to healing that harnesses the power of music in therapeutic settings to accomplish individualized goals and promote overall well-being. With roots dating back to ancient times, music has long been revered for its ability to reduce suffering and help people better manage pain. It can be used to distract patients from negative thoughts or feelings, offering a welcome reprieve from the challenges of chronic and rare illnesses. It can also be a powerful tool for combating anxiety and depression and helping people process trauma.

Research supports the efficacy of music therapy in various healthcare settings. For example, studies have shown that playing music for children during painful procedures can significantly alleviate their distress, offering a simple yet impactful intervention. Likewise, adult patients in palliative care have reported relief from persistent pain after participating in live music therapy sessions, highlighting the profound impact of music on physical and emotional well-being.

Many people with chronic respiratory conditions like PF experience breathlessness, which is both limiting and distressing. In the world of pulmonary rehabilitation, music therapy has been incorporated into various programs to support respiratory health and enhance quality of life. Activities such as vocalization, singing, and diaphragmatic breathing show promise in helping to reduce symptoms like breathlessness and improve overall well-being in patients with respiratory conditions.

Music’s diverse forms and genres offer a rich variety of sounds and emotions that have the power to uplift, inspire, and heal. Whether it’s the rising melodies of classical compositions, the emotional storytelling of opera, the raw energy of heavy metal, or the soulful twang of country, each genre offers its own unique blend of sonic experiences that resonate with people in different ways.

My personal experience is a testament to the therapeutic power of music in helping me cope with the difficulties of PF. Through it, I have found a means of expressing and processing my emotions and navigating the highs and lows of my health journey with resilience and grace. As I continue on my path, I pray music will continue to serve as a source of strength, healing, and inspiration, guiding me through life’s challenges with its timeless melodies and comforting embrace.

Note: Pulmonary Fibrosis News is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The opinions expressed in this column are not those of Pulmonary Fibrosis News or its parent company, BioNews, and are intended to spark discussion about issues pertaining to pulmonary fibrosis.


Barb Holden avatar

Barb Holden

Here! Here! Or should I say Hear! Hear!
My husband Alan died from IPF in August of 2020. Of all the distractions…next to his dear grandchildren, who he loved unconditionally, music was the one constant as he lay in bed the last few months. He discovered YouTube in his advanced age. He was an avid Tv watcher until then. But when he found YouTube there was never a time that music or music videos weren’t playing. Even in the middle of the night when he couldn’t sleep. I sing and he often would ask me to sing along. Some of my favourite memories. I still can’t hear a Beatles song without thinking of him! All the music at the Life Celebration was from the Fab Four! I also do volunteer work at our local Hospice and we have a full time music therapist as well as volunteers who come in for a few hours just to sit and play music. It’s as vital as oxygen for me!

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Ted Fecteau

Fabulous testimonies, thank you both Ann and Barb!

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Alfredo Gutierrez

Thank you so much for your encouragement. I have never really been a music listener until I discovered YouTube. Although the type of music I listen to is a bit different. I prefer sounds at different wave lengths and octics. Green, brown or blue sounds are calming. When I am ready to try to get some sleep ill put on thunderstorms and rain these are also calming. I was diagnosed with IPF in 2018 and have been using constant oxygen flow 24/7 since 2019. My wife and son are my support as well as all of our friends from our congregation.

Terri avatar


I’ve always been an avid music fan. I listen to music everyday and often watch music videos on YouTube. Music makes me forget how sick I am and lifts my spirits.


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