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It is exposed to all kinds of elements, good and bad, in a daily routine. You are the only one responsible for taking take care of it even when it’s “no fun. It’s also no fun to get sick. !esides how lousy you feel when you are ill, you’ll feel even lousier having to miss the financial income from a "ob you couldn’t do because you couldn’t sing. #ometimes singers will ask “$hy does my voice feel tired or sore after singing% &his might come from improper singing techni'ue or over use of the voice, which may lead to more serious vocal conditions beyond simple fatigue. #inging is like the (lympics of speaking. If a marathon runner trains the body for years before attempting to run )* miles, why would anyone expect not to feel sore vocal muscles "ust "umping into singing for an hour or more without warming up and taking care of the body, the instrument. &he vocal apparatus, made of muscles, goes through the same thing as an (lympic marathon runner. It needs to be warmed up and trained properly in advance as well as cooling down after use. !ut beyond good vocal techni'ue there are many more things a singer needs to do to take care of “the voice. +ere are some tips for good vocal health to keep your personal, delicate instrument running life’s marathon smoothly well into the “golden years. &he body needs four things to function, number one is rest, then air, water, and food for fuel.
&his one should be easy but in our busy routine it’s often neglected. &he body needs six to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep a night. &he muscles are the last things to shut down and heal and they do this only at level four deep sleep. &ake short naps during the day. -ace yourself during rehearsals. $hen a person is having serious vocal problems, sometimes, complete vocal rest is re'uired. &his includes talking 'uietly and less than usual if at all. .o singing, shouting or laughing, whistling or loud whispering. /ll of these use the vocal folds and they need to rest.
&he instrument needs oxygen for fuel and without air there is no sound. !reathe, breathe, breathe properly and deep breathe. 0xercise1 $alk briskly 23 4 *3 minutes a day or dance around to your favorite music for 53 to 56 minutes. 7ance is good exercise but not necessarily ballet. It’s posture works against correct singing posture. #wimming is good but use earplugs to avoid ear infections. /void running and power walking in areas with traffic. 8unning and aerobics causes high chest breathing instead of low
7rink room temperature water and not too hot herbal tea such as #lippery 0lm. but don’t set off the fire alarm1 . 7istilled water with electrolytes like “#mart $ater helps to flush out toxins and replenish electrolytes lost in performances or workouts. mold4free vapori=er on the road or run the shower with the bathroom door open for a while. $hen the body is well hydrated our concentration is clearer. +ere are some things to do to keep from robbing them of necessary moisture. not to mention your mind. It is lined with mucous membrane that produces moisture.ega=one or ?ocal=one lo=enges or 8iccola lo=enges mint free. @nless you want to belch your way through a song. !ring a small ultrasonic. <offee. &he steamy shower is a great place to loosen up your "aw and voice with easy exercises like slides on “oo vowel and humming. it’s already too late. muscles work easier and the vocal folds will be nicely lubricated with a thin slippery mucous to cushion them when they vibrate. and hydrate1 7rink lots of filtered water and distilled water.icroorganisms that land on the membrane stick to the wet surface and are carried away on the stream of moisture. it’s drying. >lycerin4 based lo=enges are good to keep the vocal cords moist. /void the sauna. It is too drying. &he vocal folds’ primary purpose is to protect the lungs9 secondarily they were developed as the source of the voice. or <hamomile. #team lightly after your body and vocal workout or gig. not tightened. decreased lung capacity and diminished chest resonance. 7ehydrating beverages that contain caffeine work as a diuretic plus they make you "ittery. Your body needs water to keep these tissues moist. alcohol are the worst offenders. #team your voice and respiratory system in the shower or steam room. avoid carbonated beverages especially "ust before singing. You can make your own mini4steam room by boiling water and place a towel over your head to breathe in vapors. 0xcessive weight training may cause neck and abdominal muscles to become too tight thereby causing limited range. +ydrate. /void mint drinks and menthol lo=enges or vapors.abdominal breathing and you are taking in a high level of carbon monoxide and other toxic fumes. If the membrane is dry. Ideally you want the muscles toned. !ut if you have the serious case of phlegm. not good before a performance. !y the time you feel dehydrated. black tea. sodas. irritating body tissue. . &he vocal folds are tiny bands of muscle covered with a fold of tissue that absorbs the impact of hundreds of vibrations a second1 :eeping the vocal folds healthy and well lubricated is the most important thing we can do for our instrument. the particles can launch their attack. &he greatest defense against colds is keeping your vocal tract moist. /lcohol also has a bit on an anesthetic effect lessening the awareness or sensations of the feelings in your throat. !e careful not to burn yourself. hydrate.ake sure you drink plenty of water to compensate if you absolutely must indulge. . . 7ehydration is the enemy of the vocal folds and the body in general. &hroat <oat. 0veryone knows that it is more difficult to speak or sing when the throat feels dry.
&here are many other manifestations of vocal problems beyond the scope of this information that only a physician can diagnose and remedy. /void antihistamines and other drying decongestants. &he cords need to stretch. It’s important your blood sugar level remains within an even range throughout the day for maximum energy and concentration. and avoidance of aspirin4containing products. especially before you sing. +oarseness and nodes may also come from singing with poor techni'ue or singing with an already irritated voice usually caused by smoke or other abuse or singing with a lot of post4nasal drip or singing on a bad cold. or over pro"ecting. /void throat sprays that interfere with the normal sensation of pain or discomfort. <ommon hoarseness is acute laryngitis usually caused by a viral infection A“cold B and should be treated with voice rest. food and drink does not touch the vocal folds on their way to the stomach. -olyps. (range "uice and tomato "uice is also big phlegm and acid producers. In general. &hey dilate the capillaries that supply blood to the vocal folds. . #leep with head elevated slightly. .<ertain foods and beverages cause dehydration and over production of mucous. /void yelling. Your brain needs the right amount of blood sugar to function well. take acetaminophen to reduce fever and relieve aches. If you can and need to. #ometimes nodes or calluses on the folds may come from acid4reflux disorder. screaming. /lso. especially in dry climates. use a low dose and drink plenty of water. especially in the extreme registers. If you have this problem. plenty of fluids. It’s wise to avoid spicy food especially before singing and before sleeping. /cid4reflux disorder is when the esophagus spincter doesn’t close properly and stomach acid backs up setting up the perfect environment for the creation of nodes. <omplete voice rest and immediate consultation with your otolaryngologist is necessary if this happens. there is rarely a need for surgery until all other remedies have been exhausted. allergy or asthma may also contribute to chronic hoarseness. #econdary smoke is also not recommended. avoid spicy acidic type foods altogether. #inus or bronchial infections. #moking cigarettes or mari"uana is not recommended for many reasons. nodules or cysts Asolid or fluid4filled thickeningsB or contact ulcers or granulomas Airritation on the posterior vocal cordB.ilk and milk products are nutritious but cause more thickened mucous in your throat. <ontrary to popular belief. it is very important to eat balanced meals avoiding the heavy meal. #inging under these conditions can have a damaging effect on the delicate mechanism. &he thin walls of the swollen capillaries can rupture and hemorrhage. giving you a false sense of security and allowing you to further in"ure yourself. salty or spicy food in the stomach will divert this fluid from all your tissues and send it to the stomach. <hronic hoarseness and diminished range are two symptoms of vocal trouble. hormonal or nervous system abnormalities may contribute to chronic hoarseness. #ee a doctor who usually prescribes -rilosec or similar prescription drugs. /lthough this condition must be taken seriously. don’t eat late at night. Cor the singer. If you must use one. 0ating five smaller meals throughout the day is ideal. the harsh hot smoke dries the cords and causes them to become inflamed and not stretch. If your body is low on fluid.
headaches. avoid whispering or trying to talk at all. • • • (scillococcinum F homeopathic that activates :iller &4cells. &he adrenaline edge that gives that burst of energy before performing also works to dehydrate the body by activating the “fightEflight syndrome which flushes fluids from your system. it is wise to avoid the big detox of any kind "ust before singing. Dapanese do this as a matter or courtesy. also a supplement . it significantly lowers the immune system’s disease fighting :iller &4<ells. If you see it or smell it. 7o this during a time when you are not working and can relax. !esides causing a host of symptoms like allergy. deep fatigue. a regular regimen of the 7etoxing +ydro&herapy !ath may be helpful. -lus it keeps your passages moist. and mold growing in the lungs making it difficult to breathe. !e careful with singing in the car. You can also try letting any mucous blow off the cords as the folds vibrate by loudly whispering “huh once or twice.#ometimes chronic symptoms can come from exposure to toxic mold and chemicals. $ear a mask if you are sick and have to travel. :eep your resistance up. /void telephone conversations and other stressful social interaction "ust before singing. &o clean your system from toxins. . /void clearing your throat or coughing unless you absolutely have to. +owever. / trip to the toxicologist who knows how to treat toxic mold exposure is a must. Your body will not have the energy it needs to sing properly. asthma. !ut if you have laryngitis. :eep a scarf or wrap around your neck. swelling of the folds. :eep your neck and shoulders warm at all times. &he cords are banged against each other with considerable force. and rehearsing in any moldy or musty smelling environment. carbon monoxide gases. >et the air conditioner in your car treated for mold. &ake upon boarding airplane. 7on’t talk or sing in the low humidity environment of an airplane and drink only water during the flight. &ake when exposed to someone with a coldEflu. as there is dry air. 2 F :iller &4cell booster <o40n=yme G53 F body’s catalyst for immune system. /void living. and poor posture for singing. $arn the sound person ahead of time that you will give them only a few minutes of full voice towards the end of the sound check. Learn to sip water every time you feel the urge to cough. . #oak for an hour in water at 533 to 53) degrees and drink a half4gallon of distilled water throughout the hour. 0motional stress can also contribute to vocal problems. If you must. loud ambient noise. @se a light amount of easy “oo warm ups and slides. 8ehearsal halls are cold and drafty. use a high 'uiet pitch like a child’s voice with very light production of air. working. 7oesn’t work if you’re already sick. get out of there as fast as possible. &ake the minute you feel like you are getting sick.>. &he following list of supplements and medications are also recommended.ever sing full voice at the rehearsal or sound check. &here are probably some others but these I have personally used with much success. $ash hands often and keep them away from your face especially when meeting a lot of people during promotional and performance appearances.
nasalrinse. )564JM3455M) fax. Cind the best that speciali=e in treating professional singers. N)33) 7arlene :oldenhoven . /dditional reading F The Journal of Singing. 8obert &hayer #ataloff in -ittsburgh. )5646K6422)) phone. &he otolaryngologists are physicians who speciali=e in treatment of ear. /void loud volume and length of exposure to it. IJJ4KJJ4I*22 Aabout L55 and lasts for monthsB F keeps post nasal drip away by washing away excessive mucus and the irritants thus reducing the inflammation of the mucus membrane so normal mucosa will fight infections and allergies better. published by the . nose and throat problems. www.ational /ssociation of &eachers of #inging.thevoicecenter.com. ?aluable articles on vocal health and the latest research in vocal science. Camvir F prescription anti4viral /ntibiotics F prescription antibacterial for bacterial infection like strep or staph infections +umibid A>uafenissenB F prescription mucous thinner with no side effects 7on’t forget to protect your hearing. has a famous national medical center for diagnosis and treatment of vocal disorders.org. Cound in libraries and online www. @se plugs if you have to. 7r.eil. #peech language pathologists can evaluate your voice and recommend a course of voice rehabilitation. >argle with warm water and salt for minor sore throat. . /lways consult with a great otolaryngologist or speech4language pathologist. -/. #urround yourself with only the best professionals..ed -roducts.• • • • • • • • • • • ?itamin < up to 53.org Dohns +opkins and other reputable medical establishments you can get information from on line. including the voice teacher.333 units a day or as tolerated by bowels F vitamin supplement for immune and other systems Hinc F mineral supplement for immune system 0chinacea F herbal supplement for immune stimulating the immune system during a cold or flu >olden #eal F herbal supplement for assisting respiratory function during a cold or flu /ntioxidents Hycam nasal gel formula for allergies and formula for colds #inus 8inse by . Inc./&#.ot all do. $ake Corest @niversity <enter for ?ocal 7isorders www.
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