How To Release Tension And Stress In The Larynx & Throat

by Cari Cole


Sore throat of a women. Touching the neck.


Throat tension and vocal stress are common complaints. A lot of people suffer from the end-of-the-day vocal fatigue that comes from accumulated tension — from talking (on the phone) and/or using the voice incorrectly. Also keep in mind that most voice problems come from being dehydrated.

Your vocal cords lie within the “Adams Apple” in the front throat or your area. When there is tension in this area the “Adams Apple” usually moves upward and closes the throat. The result is a voice with a thin tight sound or an uncontrollably breathy sound, either lead to a sore throat and/or voice problems. Here’s a way to relax that tension:

Exercise for Releasing Throat Tension

  • Put your finger across your throat at the top of your “Adams Apple” and swallow.
  • Notice the upward motion of the “Adams Apple”.
  • Now keeping your finger at the top of your “Adams Apple” relax and begin a yawn. ( It is the sensation that occurs at the beginning of a yawn that releases tension in the throat. The full yawn brings tension).
  • Notice the downward motion of the “Adams Apple.”
    This motion opens the throat and releases tension.
  • Yawn again (not a full yawn) and exhale by sighing “ah” at a comfortable high note
    while descending rapidly through your voice.(sounds like a sigh).
  • Practice releasing tension in the throat with a yawn/sigh motion 5 times to release throat  tension.

Leave a comment below if this works for you!

  • Gabriella

    This is the only tip that I could find that actually worked to release tension. Thanks so much!!

    • Cari Cole

      That’s awesome to hear Gabriella!! Music to our ears. Keep up the great work!

      • Bill

        This is fantastic. I suddenly sing much higher than before with this tip(yawning……… but not full yawn). I always do a full yawn and gain no range with that.

  • Abdus subur

    i find some difficulty in my throat

  • gunnlaug

    It Works!

  • Christian Bourne

    wow thats really quite amazing! Thank you. Stress has hit my vocals for the last two years and tightened my voice up to the point where I cant sing at all like I used to. This is the first thing thats helped!

  • Christian Bourne

    Just tried singing along to Jeff Buckley ‘Forget Her’ and I can almost hit all the notes again. So happy. You wonderful thing you! Thanks again.