Stretches to Release Neck and Shoulder Tension and Help Avoid Vocal Cord Attacks – Nemours

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Nemours Speech Therapists Demonstrate Stretches to Release Tension in the Neck and Shoulder Muscles to Help Avoid Vocal Cord Attacks

• It is important to properly stretch your neck and shoulder muscles because they connect to your vocal folds. When you stretch, you will reduce your risk for a vocal fold attack.
• You will do 10 repetitions of each stretch or hold each for 10 seconds.
• Let’s begin with backward shoulder rolls, followed by forward shoulder rolls.
Do 10 of each.
o We spend much of our day with rounded shoulders, so these stretches are especially important.
• Next, we will complete 10 shoulder shrugs. Gently shrug your shoulders up and down.
o These stretches should never cause pain. If you are experiencing discomfort, decrease your range of motion during the stretch. By range of motion, I mean, don’t move your shoulders up so high.
o When you practice these stretches daily, your flexibility should improve.
• From there we will bend our right ear toward our right shoulder and hold for 10 seconds. Then we will switch to the left side and hold for 10 seconds.
• Then we will move on to head turns. Keep your head straight and then look to the right and hold for a few seconds and then look to the left. Repeat 10 times.
• Next, we will complete head rolls. Drop your chin towards your chest and slowly turn your head to the left and then to the right. Repeat 10 times.
• From there we will stretch our arms. Place your left arm across your chest and hook it with your right hand. Hold for 10 seconds. Then switch, right arm across your chest and hook it with your left hand. Hold for 10 seconds.
• Then we will finish with hands clasped behind the back. Hold for 10 seconds.
o This helps open the chest and improve breathing.
• Doing this series of stretches will take about 2 minutes to complete.
Try to do them at least twice daily and especially right before you exercise.

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paksutassu7 says:

Should i do this before singing or just for example in the morning before going to run ? i want to have my neck and shoulders relaxed for better singing on stage 🙂 thanks for the clear video !!

Rudy Rhymes says:

Thank you for the help! God bless everyone, I hope your day is great!

Belly e Luna says:

Thank you for these stretching exercises. It's helpful to me.

Dxrrxw ➊ says:

Holy shit this actually removed like 70% of the tension

SeizedVirus53 says:

Thank you, nice and fast demonstration!

Illuminatico zz says:

It's amazing how this helps me open up nasally

Namrata Varma says:

My entire nerve on the right side of my head starting from my right temple and end on the neck, this entire line hurts like shit after I sing no matter how less stress I put while singing. And this pain becomes unbearable. 🙁

Bebeetmaternite says:

"I recommend this guide:
So grateful it exists."

godric says:

Love that little laugh

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Selene Firme says:

its a good video….but it be nice if it showed the ladies doing all the reps to follow along for the seconds.
I had to pause video to do them.

King I Dog says:

Bruh I've never sang while feeling this loose!!!

Kavita Kavii says:

Informative video, I had Shoulder stiffness and was in very irritating situation then I used some home remedies suggested by planet ayurveda and got relief.

callum tait says:

I haven't been diagnosed but we're pretty sure I have vocal cord dysfunction so I'm gonna do these often.

Waleed A hameed says:

Big respect 👍🙌

Steven Grant Of The Gift Shop says:

I'm learning to sing, but I'm always having neck tension. Thanks for this!

Brown Sahara says:

Omg…you are awesome my shoulders were so tight…will be saving this video

Salomena arts and Edits says:

Pls help me my right neck hurts soo bad it wont work!

J says:

Girl in the grey 👀

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