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Journal of General Practice Nursing (GPN) | March 2021

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Integrating dance to enrich breathing rehabilitation

Integrating dance to enrich breathing rehabilitation
Health promotion

Pages: 47 - 52

Article topics: Breathlessness, COPD, Dance, Embodiment, Rehabilitation

None of the 13 million of us in the UK who watched the final of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ 2020 will need convincing of the joy of dance and dancing with others — nor of the endurance, strength, flexibility and balance required. But, have you ever considered how dance can be used therapeutically? This article presents evidence and practice about the use of dance in chronic disease management, in particular, its role in alleviating breathlessness. One of the main causes of breathlessness is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is an effective treatment for COPD, including tailored exercise and education, but it is not available or suitable for everyone. There is potential for dance to be offered as a therapeutic intervention for people with COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases in several ways: by incorporation into existing programmes to increase the variety of exercise, post-PR as maintenance therapy, as an alternative for those who choose not to attend PR, and for those who are not offered PR.

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