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.
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.
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.
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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