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Vocal Cord Dysfunction/Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion - is the abnormal closing of the vocal cords when you breathe in or out. It's also called laryngeal dysfunction, paradoxical vocal cord movement disorder or paradoxical vocal cord motion. Vocal cord dysfunction can be triggered by breathing in lung irritants, having an upper respiratory infection, exercising, improper use of the voice, and incorrect breathing habits. However, unlike asthma, vocal cord dysfunction isn't an immune system reaction and doesn't involve the lower airways. Treatment for the two conditions also is different, but the two can coexist. Breathing and voice therapy is very effective in relieving vocal cord dysfunction and does not typically involve long term therapy.
Chronic Cough/Throat Clearing
Chronic coughing is usually defined by a cough that lasts longer than 8 weeks and can be the result of many different health conditions. It is important that you visit with your physician to determine the cause of your coughing. Once other serious health conditions have been ruled out, breathing and voice therapy can be very effective in helping you to eliminate your chronic cough.