Vocal Cord Weakness
What Can I Do To Help With My Vocal Cord Weakness?
The goal of voice therapy for someone who experiences vocal fold weakness due to paresis of one or both vocal folds is to achieve the best possible voice with the limitations of vocal fold motion. Following a visit to the Laryngologist and medical attention has been received a patient may need to follow up with the Speech Language Pathologist.
When vocal fold weakness occurs, a patient typically compensates by placing extraneous pressure in their larynx to achieve closure of the vocal folds. This will lead to hyper function and hoarseness and occasionally pain. Techniques to help with vocal fold weakness include relaxation exercises to relieve excessive tension in the neck, shoulders, upper back and chest. Other exercises include breathing exercises, vocal function exercises, resonant voice therapy, trills, and Circumlaryngeal massage.