How Do I Strengthen My Vocal Cords?

The vocal cords lie above the trachea and below the epiglottis.
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  • Written By: K. Gierok
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  • Last Modified Date: 17 July 2014
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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 increased vocal cord strength 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 vocal 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 strengthening 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 their vocal cords 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.

To develop strong vocal cords, individuals are often instructed to participate in 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 a physical activity program may also be an effective way to 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 that the individual in question is healthy enough to start an exercise program.

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