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Swallowing helps to relax the cricopharyngeal muscle. This is why eating and drinking seems to temporarily ease symptoms. You can also try these exercises for cricopharyngeal spasm:

  • Shaker exercise: Lay down, raise your head and look at your feet without lifting your shoulders. Hold for 60 seconds, then repeat a few times.
  • Mendelsohn maneuver: Hold your voice box for three to five seconds after swallowing.

Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider before incorporating any exercises into your daily routine.