Treatment for vocal cord dysfunction is comprehensive and carried out by an ear nose and throat specialist and a speech language pathologist. There are many ways to treat vocal fold dysfunction. I prefer a two-pronged approach using a speech language pathologist, as well as dietary modification. The speech language pathologist does a physical therapy technique called respiratory retraining, which is increased resistance breathing exercises. In addition to the respiratory retraining, avoiding foods less than pH 4 - that is very acidic foods - is also part of the treatment plan. In addition, I like to have the patients drink certain smoothies and juices that are very anti-inflammatory. The anti-inflammatory micronutrients in the smoothies and juices seem to help to reduce inflammation and irritation of the vagus nerve.
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