Valsalva Maneuver: What it Does and Why You Shouldn’t Do It!
The Valsalva Maneuver (also known as the Valsalva Effect) is a well-known phenomenon which occurs when someone attempts to speak while their voice becomes hoarse or even stops altogether. This causes them to sound like they have no voice at all.
It is not uncommon for people to experience this effect when attempting to speak loudly, especially if they are trying to make themselves heard over loud music or other noise. It’s usually caused by a buildup of lactic acid in the vocal cords due to exertion. However, some people may experience it regardless of how much they exercise, because there is something called sympathetic nervous system activity going on within the body that causes these changes.
Some people believe that the Valsalva Maneuver is dangerous because it causes one to lose control of their speech. Others claim that it doesn’t matter since the effects are temporary anyway. Some people feel that exercising will cause them to become more alert and thus less likely to suffer from this problem in the future.
Still others say that they don’t need any exercise whatsoever, but rather just relax and breathe deeply every now and then.
The Valsalva Maneuver is somewhat different than it was in the old days. For one thing, it used to be commonplace for people to use large numbers in saying their age. And also, people would routinely hold their breath in an attempt to force the stubbornness of their minds upon their bodies.
This maneuver was quite often fatal, but because people could not see the effects directly, they were more inclined towards that form of exercise–but only if done in a group.
The Valsalva Maneuver
The Valsalva Maneuver is quite common among people suffering from high blood pressure. These people find that they become more prone to hearing loss if they engage in strenuous exercise. But the good news is, this isn’t an absolute rule.
This means that it’s entirely possible for some people who have high blood pressure to engage in strenuous exercise without suffering any hearing loss at all.
If you want to find out if strenuous exercise will cause you to suffer hearing loss, all you have to do is visit your doctor for a simple hearing test. The doctor will stick a small metal tube into your ear and ask you to repeat a phrase. The phrase is “low fat yogurt.”1After you repeat it, the doctor will press a button which sends a tiny puff of air into your ear canal.
A moment later a number should pop up on a screen. The number will be between 0 and 200.
If your number is over 70, you should probably avoid strenuous exercise like the plague. If your number is between 40 and 70, you can engage in light exercise like tai chi and yoga. If your number is below 40, you’re free to run marathons and listen to death metal as loud as you want.
1. Edmonds, D., “Statistics On Hearing Loss,” 2007, accessed August 21, 2017.
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