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Commentary - International Journal of Respiratory Medicine (2023) Volume 8, Issue 3

Larynx and breathing: The connection between the vocal mechanism and respiration

Pascal Risueno*

Department of Anatomy, Tekirdag Namık Kemal University, Tekirdag, Turkey.

*Corresponding Author:
Pascal Risueno
Department of Anatomy
Tekirdag Namık Kemal University
Tekirdag, Turkey.

Received: 25-May-2023, Manuscript No. AAIJRM-23-103876; Editor assigned: 27-May-2023, PreQC No. AAIJRM-23-103876(PQ); Reviewed: 10-Jun-2023, QC No. AAIJRM-23-103876; Revised: 12-Jun-2023, Manuscript No. AAIJRM-23-103876(R); Published: 20-Jun-2023, DOI: 10.35841/aaijrm-8.3.151

Citation: Risueno P. Larynx and breathing: The connection between the vocal mechanism and respiration. Int J Respir Med. 2023; 8(3):151

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The larynx, commonly known as the voice box, plays a crucial role in both speech production and respiration. While its primary function is to produce sound and enable communication, the larynx is also intricately connected to the respiratory system, influencing the process of breathing. Understanding the connection between the larynx and breathing is essential for vocal health, speech therapy and managing respiratory conditions. This article explores the intricate relationship between the vocal mechanism and respiration, shedding light on their interplay and significance [1].

In COPD, spirometry is essential for diagnosing and staging the disease. It measures FEV1, FVC and the FEV1/FVC ratio, providing insights into the severity of airflow obstruction. Spirometry helps differentiate between COPD and asthma, as well as other respiratory conditions. Furthermore, it assists in monitoring disease progression, evaluating treatment efficacy and assessing exacerbations. Spirometry is also valuable in diagnosing and characterizing restrictive lung diseases such as interstitial lung disease, sarcoidosis and pulmonary fibrosis. By measuring lung volumes, including Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) and Total Lung Capacity (TLC), spirometry aids in evaluating lung compliance and identifying restrictive patterns. It helps clinicians determine the extent of lung function impairment and monitor disease progression over time [2].

Proper breathing techniques significantly impact vocal production and quality. Efficient breathing ensures an adequate supply of air for vocalization, maintaining vocal stamina and preventing vocal fatigue. Deep abdominal breathing, known as diaphragmatic breathing, is particularly beneficial for voice production. It involves expanding the lower abdomen as the diaphragm contracts during inhalation, allowing for optimal lung expansion and improved breath control. Conversely, voice production can affect breathing patterns. Certain voice disorders, such as vocal cord dysfunction or vocal fold paralysis, can disrupt normal respiratory coordination. For example, vocal cord dysfunction involves the inappropriate closure or narrowing of the vocal folds during inhalation, resulting in difficulty breathing. Speech therapy and specialized exercises can help address these conditions, restoring proper coordination between the larynx and respiratory system [3, 4].

The connection between the larynx and breathing has significant clinical implications. Speech therapists and voice professionals often work with individuals experiencing breathing difficulties or vocal disorders to improve respiratory coordination and optimize voice production. Techniques such as breath support exercises, vocal warm-ups and relaxation techniques can enhance breathing efficiency and promote vocal health. Respiratory conditions can impact laryngeal function and voice production. Conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or lung infections can affect airflow and vocal cord mobility. These conditions may result in breathlessness, strain during voice production, or hoarseness. Comprehensive evaluation by medical professionals and collaborative management approaches involving pulmonologists, otolaryngologists and speech therapists are vital for addressing these complex cases [5].


The connection between the larynx and breathing is a fundamental aspect of vocal health and respiration. The larynx acts as a gateway for air passage and influences breathe control, while proper breathing techniques support optimal voice production. Understanding this interplay between the vocal mechanism and respiration is crucial for maintaining vocal health, addressing voice disorders and managing respiratory conditions effectively.


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