False Cord Phonation & The Throat Chakra

My pastor has something called Dysphonia Plica Ventricularis. I didn’t know what it was and I like to research maladies so I did so and now I am sharing my findings with you.
Dysphonia Plica Ventricularis
(Abnormal sounding voice)
Use of false cords (instead of true cords) for speech
Also called: ventricular phonation, false cord phonation

You have false vocal cords and true ones. Your body is overcompensating and using the false cords. 20121217-193739.jpgDon’t clear your throat! Damaging to vocal cords.
laugh gently and then swallow
pant softly in and out a few times before swallowing
hum softly and then swallow
*best to swallow a bit of water

Less dairy, more warm water. 20121217-193745.jpg
Abdominal Breathing:
How it’s done: With one hand on the chest and the other on the belly, take a deep breath in through the nose, ensuring the diaphragm (not the chest) inflates with enough air to create a stretch in the lungs. The goal: Six to 10 deep, slow breaths per minute for 10 minutes each day to experience immediate reductions to heart rate and blood pressure.

To help train the breath, consider biofeedback tools such as McConnell’s Breathe Strong app, which can help you pace your breathing wherever you are.20121217-193751.jpgUsing the sound of your voice to sing, hum or recite a mantra can be very liberating. The sound of “om” is known as the universal sound that is sacred. The vibrational tone of the word can fill your mind and body with its resonance. Many people are surprised by the amount of tension there is in their throat and voice.20121217-193757.jpgYoga Shoulder stand and plow pose. Camel pose, an intense backward bend can open and release the tightness build up in your neck and throat.20121217-193836.jpgNeck massage is great for relaxing your neck muscles, particularly around your jaw and thyroid area where there is a lot of tension stored

((Neck Muscles Massage
The best way to release the neck muscles on your own is to lie on the floor. Grab your neck muscles from behind your head with your thumb and forefinger. Start at the top of the front neck muscles. Find the front of the muscles under the ear, apply pressure with your thumb and work across the muscle applying pressure. Use your intuition and gauge how hard to press by how it feels. There is a definite right feel that may be painful but is a good pain and a definite wrong feel that creates pain. Work the muscle down to the collarbone slowly and surely across the muscle on each side of the neck. This can restore a hoarse or tired voice if administered correctly.

The Magic Pressure Point under the ear lobe…
This point releases the jaw, neck and throat muscles and the base of the tongue. It is a major point to release tension. Press with one thumb under the ear lobe and search for a little knob under the ear that is sensitive. Press into it with your thumb and let your head fall into your thumb. Go across the knob (knot) and try to penetrate it and break it up a bit slowly but firmly. This point is the first vertebrae position in the front. Some say that releasing the first vertebrae releases the entire spine!

Larynx & Front Throat Massage
Find the hyoid bone, which is a floating bone at the top of the thyroid cartilage. If you press on one side it pokes out the other. Gently move it back and forth. Continue to loosen. Then open the jaw behind closed lips. Maintain the same position at the hyoid bone, (it will stiffen temporarily as you open the jaw). Move the hyoid bone back and forth until it loosens keeping the jaw parted and the lips closed. This massage opens the throat muscles and larynx / hyoid.))
Gargle with salt water or take a walk on a clear day and focus on the blue sky. (Blue is the color of the 5th chakra, the throat chakra)

Essential Oils
Use lavender, frankincense, cypress, geranium, spruce, sandalwood, tea tree, mandarin, sage or eucalyptus
*mix with carrier oil!

I hope this helps! Do you have any tips for someone who has problems speaking, or problems with their throat?

Joy Boardman

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