What is "Voice" Therapy?
Therapy at TVC focuses on the rapid rehabilitation of muscles that make sound including the tongue root, jaw, front neck and larynx while optimizing your use of voice mechanics. Also, many singers have excellent singing technique but forget to care for their speech.
Interestingly, other professional voice users, such as public speakers, preachers, politicians and lawyers, often benefit from therapy. It teaches excellent techniques for breath control, abdominal support, and use of upper airway resonators. TVC opens and stabilizes the musculoskeletal and mechanical vocal issues with singers from all genres to improve projection and timbre, power and endurance and agility and comfort. All are elements that are critical for powerful public speaking.
Planning Therapy demands Proper Diagnosis
TVC focuses on proper diagnosis by our Medical Director, Dr. Alex Osborn, to guide acute and long-term treatment strategies. Professional voice users should be evaluated and therapy is often included in the multi-disciplinary diagnostic-rehabilitative visit. Voice is stimuable for improvement sometimes within minutes, even after long-lasting problems.
When should I see The Voice Clinic Team?
Hoarseness lasting longer than two weeks, especially if you smoke
Pain not from a cold or flu
Chronic Coughing or Tickle that won't go away
Lump in the Throat
Loss or severe change in voice lasting longer than a few days
Immediate change for a singer
Muscle Tension Dysphonia
Muscle Tension voice disorders represent 70% of the world's voice disorders and can be easily address when managed by a team of professionals who know and understand the intricacies of how voice functions.
Muscle tension dysphonia is the overuse of neck and throat muscles while speaking or singing. This is a factor for any singer or professional voice user. If vocal exercise is inconsistent or breath support is not well controlled, singers may engage muscles in the neck. This added tension may increase the feeling of pitch instability, creates additional force on the vocal cords and may result in injury, such as a vocal hemorrhage or nodule formation. Additionally, singing with neck muscles engaged is painful over time and results in chronic voice fatigue. Tension is always assessed and treated at The Voice Clinic.
Singing Voice Athletics...
Aaron Low works as a Speech-Language Pathologist, lecturer and educator. He has helped the injured singer with rehabilitation and the healthy singer with voice optimization. Through his close collaboration with Dr. Alex Osborn, Otolaryngologist, Aaron is able to improve the care he provides singers of all genres. This side-by-side relationship has resulted in a minimally invasive approach to treating singing voice.
We believe every performer needs a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) on their vocal health team. The SLP is very different from a voice coach or singing teacher, though both are essential to a successful career today.