When your voice is tired and irritated from overuse or misuse, there are several remedies that help it recover faster. None of these remedies, however, take the place of seeking professional assistance if your vocal problems are chronic or serious. You can seek assistance from a good vocal coach and/or an otolaryngologist or E.N.T. (This is a medical doctor who is an Ear Nose and Throat specialist).
My Vocal Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs CD/Digital Download includes several warm-ups that can also be used therapeutically. A neck and throat massage can bring oxygen into your tired muscles by stimulating circulation and blood flow. I also have a number of gentle vocal exercises on the CD/Download which use vibration therapeutically to increase circulation, reduce vocal fold puffiness, rejuvenate your voice box. These will also improve your performance when your voice is healthy.
While vocal rest is sometimes the correct choice, more often than not, knowing how to rejuvenate your voice with therapeutic vibration can bring about better and faster results.
Gently hum at a low volume with your lips lightly together, while working your voice back and forth little by little over a small range of notes. Do this very softly and gently. You are only using the vibrations as an internal massage. You should find this therapeutic.
Prevention is Better than Remedy.
While vocal warm-ups can be used as a remedy, it is better to consistently use warm-ups and good vocal technique to sing powerfully with endurance thereby avoiding vocal fatigue. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
In future posts, we’ll explore herbal remedies for a tired voice.