*DISCLAIMER- The following is not intended as medical advice and is my own opinion. If you experience pain or severe discomfort in speaking or singing, seek out medical help.
Should you even listen to me?
I want to start out by saying, as humbly as I can muster, that I’m perfectly situated to present vocal therapy concepts to singers.
In fact, I’ve spent the last 3 decades combining the art of singing with preventative techniques that are designed to sustain vocal cords and well as restore sick, injured, or incorrectly trained voices. In 2012, I started writing a program titled “Vocal Therapy” for the very purpose. The program was completed in 2015 and released in 2017. The results were… astounding!
If I sound a little surprised, it’s because I truly am. Every vocal therapy session I’ve done with my singers all had one thing in common… me! I was there, in person, listening closely for vocal faults, diagnosing and prescribing exercises that would help fix tough vocal issues. So, releasing a course that doesn’t listen back felt a little risky.
After working alongside a qualified speech language pathologist and a number of ENT’s (throat doctors), studying from their perspective and working together to restore voices, I’d done something that I wish someone had done for me…
Deconstructing my own methods, therapies, and exercises and giving the most ‘commonly’ effective exercises to singers, proved that we all can benefit from doing the things that historically restore voices. The testimonials continue to pour in regarding singers who had no voice in the morning, but plenty of voice by evening.
I’ll share some of these techniques with you here.
How to Treat Voice Disorders and Get Your Voice Back
If you are reading this, chances are that you have experienced vocal cord dysfunction, which is a weak voice from overuse or damaged vocal folds. You have come to the right place. We are here to help. Consider this a short therapy session to get your voice healthy.
Voice disorders affect everyday life. When you can’t speak, it makes communicating challenging. One of the most common reasons for searching for a vocal coach is out of necessity. This need comes from a lack of vocal function.
Our program, Vocal Therapy, can help restore voices that have been damaged or strained and can improve vocal function, help with speech disorders, and promote vocal fold wound healing. This program contains exercises that restore voices that have been damaged due to singing over-aggressively, strained due to yelling at a concert or sporting event, or have experienced sicknesses such as laryngitis, strep throat, or other respiratory-related illnesses.
Also, reflux… the silent killer of voices, which can eventually SCAR the vocal cords. Let’s not forget allergies, whether they are pollen and mold (airborne) or food allergies. Everything mentioned above causes inflammation and affects your voice!
Even a neck injury or stress could cause muscle tension dysphonia.
/disˈfōnēə/ difficulty in speaking due to a physical disorder of the mouth, tongue, throat, or vocal cords.