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Vocal Cord Adduction Exercises

Exercise 1 Say ah for several seconds as you push down with your arms on the seat of your chair. Bear your weight on your arms as you push. Repeat this 10 times, making your voice as loud and smooth as you can each time. Say ah for several seconds as you pull up hard on the seat of your chair with your arms. Repeat this 10 times, making your voice as loud and smooth as you can each time. Take a deep breath and hold you breath tight. Then, say ah for several seconds in a clear, loud voice. Repeat this 10 times. Say ah ah ah as loudly and clearly as you can. Repeat this 10 times. Tighten up the muscles in your neck and say ah ah ah as loudly and clearly as you can. Repeat this 10 times. Turn your head to the ______ side. Say ah ah ah in as loud and clear a voice as you can. Repeat this 10 times. Take a deep breath and hold you breath tight. Then cough loudly. Repeat this 10 times.

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NOTE: Several postures can contribute to better airway protection. Tilting the chin down puts the epiglottis in a more overhanding position to protect the airway. Turning the head to the damaged side puts pressure on the damaged vocal fold, moving it slightly toward midline to improve adduction of the vocal folds.

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