How Do I Strengthen My Vocal Cords?

Practicing breathing exercises could help strengthen the vocal cords.
The vocal cords lie above the trachea and below the epiglottis.
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Weakened vocal cords can be caused by a number of conditions, including accident, illness, or other reasons altogether. In order to strengthen this part of the body, a number of techniques can be used. Often, patients are encouraged to work with a speech language pathologist. In addition, developing good posture, participating in breathing exercises, and engaging in a physical activity program can all be effective. It is important for those interested in strengthening this part of the body to be patient — in some cases, results can take months or even years.

Working with a speech language pathologist is very important for those who wish to strengthen their vocal cords. These individuals can provide guidance as to the types of exercises which can aid in strengthening the cords. While patients are not typically required to work with these individuals for years on end, they are encouraged to devote at least a few months to treatment. Once a patient has mastered the techniques taught by the speech language pathologist, they are encouraged to continue practicing the exercises at home.

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Developing good posture has also proven effective when it comes to having stronger vocal cords. In order to ensure proper breathing, the lungs should be allowed to expand as needed. This cannot occur in individuals who are slumped or slouched over. Those who wish to develop this part of the body should keep their spine stretched while seated and standing. Strengthening the muscles of the back and core can aid in the development of good posture.

Individuals are often also instructed to perform breathing exercises. Inhaling as deeply as possible, and then exhaling slowly over a 20-second time period has proven effective in the strengthening of both the diaphragm and the vocal cords. This process can be repeated as many times as desired.

Regular participation in physical activity may also help strengthen the vocal cords. Cardiovascular exercise is effective at reducing stress and anxiety, which are often to blame for weak vocal cords. Good examples of cardiovascular exercise include walking, hiking, swimming, or biking. Those who have never exercised before should start slowly, and gradually increase the intensity of their exercise. In addition, consultation with a physician may be necessary to make sure the individual in question is healthy enough to start an exercise program.

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Sporkasia
Post 4

@Laotionne - The reason you hear about performers like singers and stage actors doing voice exercises to strengthen their vocal cords is because they are trying to prevent injury to them. Professionals who make a living by using their voices often have a routine of warm up exercises just like athletes have stretches they preform before they go to work.

Even with the precautions they take, plenty of performers end up having to have surgery to repair the damage their careers did to their voices over the years. I think Julie Andrews' voice is one of the best I have ever heard. I loved her in "The Sound of Music." Well, she is one of the actors who had surgery for some type of vocal cord dysfunction. She spent years performing on stage in the theater and that was probably the cause of her condition.

Animandel
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The simple answer to your question, @Laotionne, is yes. Yelling can damage your vocal cords. Most people have at one time or another over used their vocal cords or strained them screaming for whatever reason. Hoarseness is a sign that you are stressing your voice and this is an early warning sign you shouldn't ignore.

Laotionne
Post 2

Can yelling and screaming lead to strained vocal cords and eventually cause serious damage? I have always heard that constant yelling can cause problems with your voice, so I am wondering is there an real long term damage associated with this.

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