Fix Damage Caused by Not Warming Up Your Voice

Edited by Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo, Eng, Alma, 4875kennedy and 1 other


Belting out or performing for long duration without first warming up will have serious impact on your voice quality later on. Usually the damage in voice does not last very long and if certain precautionary measures are taken then your voice should naturally to its normal tone. However, if you don't want to wait it out or simply just want to fix the damage quickly, then there are simple tips to accomplish this. Below are steps you can follow to get you back in tune.

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Possible Damage Sustained


There are two possible effects arising from misuse of voice and especially if you didn't warm up before a tolling performance. Keep in mind that losing your voice is the worst possible side-effect of not taking proper measures before a performance. Check which problem you have below:

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    Sore Throat
    Sore throats are caused by diverse reasons, however, singing without first warming up your voice can cause your throat to receive heavier strains than if you warmed up. Rest assured as sore throats are not generally serious and it often heals itself in three to seven days.
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    Vocal Cord Damage
    Vocal cords are two folds of mucus membrane within a cartilaginous box we call larynx. Obviously, putting your vocal cords to extreme and prolong use can cause it to develop sores and ultimately damage your voice. Usually, the sores will cause you pain whenever you speak or even cause you to not be able to converse for a short duration.
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Reversing Damages Caused by Not Warming Up


The best solution for damaged voiced, is of course and always will be prevention. However, an already damaged voice should be cared for with care. Follow the steps below to get your voice back in proper tune.

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  • Avoid consuming food or beverages that is too hot/cold as this could irritate linings of your throat.
  • Eat room temperature, soft foods/snacks and drink only warm or cool beverages.
  • It is recommended for adults and older children to take lozenges, hard sweet/s, ice lollies or ice cubes.
  • Refrain from smoking and going to smoky environments.
  • Make it a habit to regularly gargle with an antibacterial mouthwash or warm, salty water to reduce any pain or swelling.
  • Remember to drink enough fluids, especially if you're having a high temperature (fever) due to heavy infection in your mouth/throat.
  • Drink tea, it doesn't matter which variety. Black, green, red, fruit tea will do as long as its warm (not too hot) to sooth your voice.
  • Rest your voice for a while and allow it to heal by massaging your throat gently and drinking plenty of water as well as following the advice of your doctor.

Next Time Around


Our voice are sensitive tools we used in different ways, there are as many ways you may be doing to damage it. Hurt to any of the speech organs (throat, mouth, vocal cord and lungs) can result to damaged voice, you should make it a habit to warm up your voice before prolonged singing or speaking. This is same as when you're warming up your muscles for an exercise. You should warm up and stretch out your voice before putting it to potential strenuous use.

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    Drink lots of lukewarm water before long speaking engagements or singing performance
    It will also do you good to drink water between pauses in your talks or singing, or after you're done. Refrain from drinking cold water or carbonated beverages (soda, diet-coke), sticky drinks (milk, chocolate) and other products that can irritate your voice. Eating lots of fruits also contributes to good voice health.
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    Always sing within your singing range
    Forcing to sing above your capable voice, although may sound good will take heavy toll on your voice quality later on. Do not try singing to low or too high, this will reduce your chances of having vocal damage. If you have to sing a tune that's out of your range, sing some songs within your range at first to build up on that hard to reach note.
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    Be conscious in using your voice
    Do this especially if you're not singing. Refrain from talking for extended periods or talking aloud as well as whispering. These things will cause stress and damage your vocal cords in the long run.
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    Try Using natural herbs
    Keeping your voice healthy the natural way is certainly a way to go! Herbs like golden seal, echinacea, and even licorice roots are effective supplements for your voice health.
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  • Tips, Tricks, and Warning

    • A speech therapist or vocal coaches will be able to assist and provide further information on how you can take care and preserve your voice.
    • Avoid vices such as smoking and drinking as this contributes to bad voice health.
    • Live a healthy life through exercise and healthy diet.
    • Take vitamins and minerals to bolster your overall health.

    Questions and Answers

    Consequences of not warming up your voice?

    When it comes to warming your voice up there are a number a number of things you can do that will damage your voice. Depending on the type of singer you are you may not have to always warm up your voice but it is recommended that all singers warm up their voices before singing.

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    You may be victim to the following:

    -Strained vocals

    -Stripped vocal chords

    -Loss of voice

    -Hoarse voice

    -Cause throat to swell

    It is important that you take time out before singing to fully warm up your voice to prevent the above issues with your throat when trying to sing without warming up your voice before hand.

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