Effective exercises for hoarseness

The voice is the most impor­tant tool we need to com­mu­ni­cate and express our­selves. And if some­thing hap­pens to the voice — from hoarse­ness to its com­plete loss — then this becomes a real prob­lem.

Risk factors

Sore throat photo


Fre­quent colds and all kinds of throat dis­eases (laryn­gi­tis, pharyn­gi­tis, ton­sil­li­tis) can lead not only to hoarse­ness, but also to a com­plete loss of voice. Dry air (includ­ing from the air con­di­tion­er), dust, smok­ing are also the ene­mies of our voice. At risk are peo­ple who, due to their pro­fes­sion, often have to strain their vocal cords: teach­ers, singers, announc­ers, guides, lead­ers, etc. Voice prob­lems can arise even from such pleas­ant activ­i­ties as attend­ing a foot­ball match and singing in karaoke. From the increased load, the voice sits down, hoarse­ness, cough­ing, and a feel­ing of dis­com­fort in the throat appear.

Prevention strengthened

girl holding her throat photo

Is it pos­si­ble to warn voice prob­lems, espe­cial­ly if the work involves the need to talk a lot? Pho­ni­a­tors are advised to adhere to such rec­om­men­da­tions.

▪ If you have to talk for a long time at work, change the tone of your con­ver­sa­tion more often. Such a “charg­ing” trains the vocal cords well. At the same time, avoid a raised tone so as not to over­strain them.

▪ Where pos­si­ble talk on the phone less oftensince in this case the voice is more loaded than in a nor­mal con­ver­sa­tion.

▪ Try every day to do spe­cial exer­cis­es. They will help improve the func­tion­ing of the vocal cords and make it eas­i­er to endure speech loads.

Voice exercises

Vocal cords - photo


1. Say 20–30 times the syl­la­bles “kyu-iks”: on the syl­la­ble “kyuu” round your lips, on the “x” stretch them in a smile. Then take a breath and draw out the con­so­nant sound “m” or “n”. Point it upwards into the nasal cav­i­ty, while plac­ing fin­gers clasped togeth­er on both sides of the nose. You should feel vibra­tion under them.

2. As you exhale, chant the let­ter com­bi­na­tions sev­er­al times: “mi-mi-mi”, “ma-ma-ma”, “mu-mu-mu”. That’s what singers do when they sing. Then try to read any sen­tence, say­ing first only vow­els, and then only con­so­nants. Do this 5–7 times.

3. Put your hands on the solar plexus and say any text, try­ing to make the sounds come from the stom­ach. At the same time, open your mouth wide and clear­ly artic­u­late the con­so­nants.

4. Say the phrase sev­er­al times: “Speak with your nose, not with your throat.” Try to speak through your nose so that the sound is “cold”. This exer­cise per­fect­ly relax­es tense lig­a­ments.

With a pre­ven­tive pur­pose to pro­tect the res­pi­ra­to­ry tract and pre­vent increased stress on the lig­a­ments, you can use lozenges based on Ice­landic moss Isla Mint and Isla Moos. They have a pro­tec­tive, anti-inflam­ma­to­ry, immunomod­u­la­to­ry and antimi­cro­bial effect in inflam­ma­to­ry process­es and are great for those who suf­fer from laryn­gi­tis, pharyn­gi­tis, bron­chi­tis, as well as all those who expe­ri­ence increased stress on the lig­a­ments.

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