Yoga for Vocal Chord Dysfunction
Here is a new piece of research: a single case study on the impact of yoga on vocal chord dysfunction.
Truly - it is difficult not to be amazed at the sheer number of breadth of both physiological and psychological conditions that can be soothed, improved and even reversed through a regular yoga practice.
Here is a new piece of research: a single case study on the impact of yoga on vocal chord dysfunction.Vocal cord dysfunction involves inappropriate vocal cord motion that produces partial airway obstruction. Patients may present with respiratory distress that is often mistakenly diagnosed as asthma. Exercise, psychological conditions, airborne irritants, rhinosinusitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or use of certain medications may trigger vocal cord dysfunction.
In this study, a 23-year-old female with a past medical history of gastroesophageal reflux disease presented with shortness of breath induced by exercise and certain odours. She reported the symptoms of autonomic dysfunction including fatigue, chest pain, lightheadedness, headaches, numbness/tingling in the arms and legs, and exercise intolerance.
The approach used for this lady by the researchers included increased fluid intake and breathing exercises. After 6 weeks of breathing and isometric exercises, the patient reported improvement in difficulty in breathing after exercise. This case report demonstrates the therapeutic role of breathing and isometric exercises in the management of vocal cord and autonomic dysfunction.
Pretty cool eh?!