Swollen Vocal Cords Remedies: How To Heal Your Voice (Effectively)

Swollen Vocal Cords Remedies: How To Heal Your Voice (Effectively)

Are you looking for proven swollen vocal cords
remedies because your voice feels strained, hoarse or tired? Are you wondering how to heal strained vocal
cords in an effective way so that you can use your voice as soon as possible? If yes, then don’t go away because in this
video, I am going to share 4 tips on treating a strained voice and swollen vocal cords. Let’s start. Hi and welcome back! If we haven’t met yet, I am Katarina, I
am a speech-language pathologist from How 2 Improve Singing and here on this channel,
I share tips on how to use your voice in a healthy and efficient way. So, if you are new here, consider subscribing
to this channel and hitting that bell notification icon so that you don’t miss any of my videos. This video is the second video in a series
about strained voice, causes, treatment and exercises to eliminate vocal strain from your
singing. If you are not sure whether you are straining
your voice when singing, no problem! In the first video, I talked about signs and
symptoms of strained vocal cords. If you haven’t seen that video, you can
click here to watch it or I will link to it at the end of this video too. But now, let’s talk about how to soothe
strained vocal cords and what you must do on the way to vocal strain recovery. Tip 1 Rest Your Voice
When you have strained vocal cords from singing, meaning that your voice feels tired, strained,
painful, hoarse, breathy or croaky after a vocal practice or performance, your voice
is telling you that it needs a break. A break from talking and singing. I know this may be difficult for some chatty
people, who cannot go one day without talking or singing. But vocal rest doesn’t mean absolutely no
talking. There are two types of vocal rest – absolute
and relative. An absolute vocal rest is prescribed for people
with a serious vocal injury, such as vocal hemorrhage or for people after a vocal surgery. Hopefully, that is not you! A relative vocal rest is decreasing demands
on your vocal cords, which means using your voice for only necessary communication needs. It may mean skipping a party after your performance
or letting other people do the talking. The problem with after-parties is a so called
Lombard reflex, which is an involuntary tendency of speakers to increase their vocal effort
when speaking in loud and noisy environments, which after-parties tend to be. In loud environments, we tend to use more
vocal effort. And that is the last thing your already compromised
voice needs. Tip 2 Steam Your Voice
You as a singer already know that hydration is a basic vocal hygiene rule to keep your
vocal cords in the best shape possible. However, internal hydration such as drinking
of water takes time. When you drink, the water does not come into
direct contact with your vocal cords. The water needs to be absorbed in your digestive
system first to feel the benefits of hydration. Luckily, there is external hydration in the
form of steaming. When you inhale steam, the water droplets
come into direct contact with the vocal cords and hydrate them directly. Steaming is an effective vocal cord swelling
remedy that helps to bring the swelling down. You have a few options how to steam your voice. You can use a steam room at your local gym
or spa, you can take a hot shower or you can use a personal steamer. I made a video about the benefits of steaming
your voice, in which I share my favourite personal steamer and some tips on how to use
it to get the best results. I will post a link under the video so that
you can watch it. Tip 3 Try Laryngeal Massage
Have you heard about laryngeal massage before? Let me know in the comments below! If not, that is ok. Laryngeal massage is a therapy technique to
eliminate vocal strain, during which a specially trained professional or yourself use hands
and fingers to touch and manipulate your larynx to achieve less tension in this area. Laryngeal massage is not for everyone but
some singers and voice users love it. Your voice, which is housed in the larynx
is surrounded by several muscles. Some muscles are deep in the larynx, some
are on the surface. We have access to the superficial muscles. Tension in these muscles can cause strain
and tension inside your larynx. By massaging the muscles and manipulating
the larynx into a more relaxed position, we release tension and improve the vocal function. If you want to learn how to self-administer
laryngeal massage, I will put a link in the description below so that you can watch my
other YouTube video on this topic. Tip 4 SOVT Exercises
What the heck is that? SOVT stands for semi-occluded vocal tract
exercises and it’s a fancy name for exercises during which we create a partial closure or
narrowing in the vocal tract. You may not know the name for these exercises
but I am sure you have done similar exercises in the past. Examples of semi-occluded vocal tract exercises
are humming, lip rolls, vocalizing on some vowels and consonants that narrow the vocal
tract. SOVT exercises are a type of vocal strain exercises because they are very gentle on your vocal
cords. They use minimal vocal effort for sound production. During these exercises, the air pressures
below and above the vocal cords are equalized and the vocal cords can vibrate freely. The sound production is easy, more coordinated
and less damaging to the vocal folds. Therefore, semi-occluded vocal tract exercises
are a great choice for singers with strained voices. In the next few videos, I will be talking
more about different types of SOVT exercises, so stay tuned for more videos by clicking
that subscribe button. And check out more videos on this topic right
here below. I will see you soon!

37 Replies to “Swollen Vocal Cords Remedies: How To Heal Your Voice (Effectively)”

  1. Hi and thank you for watching! Have you heard about the tips I mentioned in the video? Have you heard about laryngeal massage? Have you tried it? Let me know in the comments below!

  2. My voice wonder woman! I love your videos. And so does my throat. I am caring about my throat and more aware of her needs way more since meeting you! I love it! And you! even how to use a steamer and massage…. xoxo Thank you my friend… ~Elizabeth ?

  3. Never heard of this massage! What a great technique just before public speaking when you can't get to a steamer. Thank you for this video!

  4. Great tips. I love the one on having someone talk for you when your voice is strained. That sounds like it could turn out to be really fun! ?

  5. I think the first time I heard of laryngeal massage was from one of your earlier videos. Great info. as usual!

  6. I have never heard of laryngeal massage, I'll have to give it a try. 🙂 I know how important hydration is, but didn't know water had to absorb into the digestive system to hydrate your vocal cords! Steam is always so soothing when I have a sore throat.

  7. I had no idea that steam worked faster than water for hydrating vocal cords! I love how you tied the color orange into your background and throughout your video–consistent and lovely!

  8. Katarina -you are helping the budding singers thro' your most lucid , correct voice lessons explained in very simple narrative ; surely you are teaching the universe to sing in mellifluous voice ..!!

  9. My right side throat is swollen..when i swallow it like squeezed inside i guess this happened due to over singing now its 1year still same issue u r the only hope wht should i do???????????

  10. can you please help me :(. i was practicing and over singing too much and after that my throat hurts. i still have my voice but theres certain notes that hurts my chords (including swallowing my saliva). the pain isnt where my adams apple is located tho.

  11. I was a born singer.Now i am 22 yrs old but 6 years back i lost my singing voice it was happened after a very hard cold or cough and after 1-2 day of medication i lost my singing voice i lost my carrier i lost my dreams i lost my life.

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