Does Muscle Tension Dysphonia make you feel you've lost more than just your voice?
Are you working with a Speech Language Pathologist and are looking for something more to help get your voice back?
What has Physio got to do with my Voice?
1. Your voice is a musculoskeletal instrument, like the rest of your body, is subjected to overuse/overload injuries.
2. Just like a runner can get sore knees or feet from too much running, your voice can be strained with overuse (teachers, journalists, barristers..etc), talking through illnesses such as acute laryngitis, or if you have inefficient speech mechanisms.
3. When your voice is strained, the muscles around your voice box tend to get tight, this, in turn, forces your speaking muscles to work harder to get your voice out, making your overworked muscles even tighter! This ever-increasing tightness around your larynx makes it harder and harder for you to get your voice out and before you know it, you’re stuck in the maladaptive cycle of voicing.
4. Some of what you may experience includes hoarseness, a croaky voice, your voice drops off when you talk, vocal fatigue, muscle tension around your neck, jaw, or tongue. You may even have pain in your throat!
If you have any of the above issues, it is important for you to first see an Ear Nose and Throat doctor (ENT) to have your problem diagnosed. You’ll also need to work with a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) to improve the mechanisms of your speech!
Once you’ve commenced treatment with your ENT and SLP, you can start Voice Physio to help “polish the tools” of your speech because after all, if your tools aren’t up to scratch, it’s really hard for you to get the full benefits of your other treatment!
How can Physio Help?
1. Physios are experts in musculoskeletal conditions. A very small number of physios in Australia are trained in the soft tissue management of your voice. We have one available here at MoveMedics.
2. The primary benefit of Voice Physio is to improve the efficiency of your voicing by using manual therapy techniques to alleviate tension in your key voicing areas, e.g. larynx, neck, jaw, tongue; intra-oral techniques may also be used when necessary.
3. Voice Physios also prescribe the appropriate stretching and strengthening exercises to help maintain the freedom of, and support of your voice.
4. Voice Physio is a fantastic way to augment the treatment of your ENT & SLP.
5. Voice Physio is an invaluable tool to help you break out of the maladaptive cycle of voicing.