Your larynx – 5 things you need to know

What is it?

Your larynx is the source of where we make sounds.

It is comprised of bones (hyoid), cartilage (thyroid, cricoid, arytenoid, coniculate) and joints (cricothyroid, thyroarytenoid).

Where is it?

The larynx is located in the front of the neck and is positioned in a myofascial sling that connects it to the head, jaw, shoulder and chest.

To locate it, find the firm part of your neck, just under your chin.  This is often called the adam’s apple on men.

Does it move?

Yes, the larynx needs to move dynamically to modulate our voice.

The movements include

  • Elevation and depression (up and down)

  • Tilt (at the cricothyroid joint)

There are more complex movements at the cricoarytenoid joints….look out for our future blogs for more information

Can it become injured?

Yes, the larynx can become injured by direct trauma (such as contact sports, motor vehicle accidents) or via vocal misuse.

Trauma may involve the bony, cartilage and muscular components.

Vocal misuse may involve injury to not only the surrounding muscles but also to the vocal folds themselves.

Symptoms can include throat pain, difficulty with swallowing and voice issues.

Does it respond to physiotherapy?

Yes, due to the fact that the larynx is surrounded by muscles and comprises of both muscles and joints means that it does respond to physiotherapy treatment.

Treatment is most effective when completed by a trained Vocal Physiotherapist who works in a team with ENT Specialists and Speech Pathologists.

Do you have an issue with your larynx?

Call the team at Performance Medicine to be assessed today!

03 9686 2373