Friday, April 29, 2016
One day, you wake up and you notice that suddenly, your voice is not the same as it normally is. You think to yourself that ‘maybe its just morning raspiness and it will go away later in the day. Five (or more) days pass and you realize that your voice is not getting any better. It’s actually getting worse with every word you try to convey. On top of that, your throat feels like it is on fire and it has been burning severely.
So, by now, you have come to the realization that something is definitely wrong there… The voice feels weak, and on top of it, it sounds raspy and hoarse.
“What could I do to make it better” you ask yourself in desperation?
Of course, right away, you turn to the “all reliable” internet for answers to your vocal dilemma, and find out that all of their “answers” are just generic explanation websites which, at most times, do not lead you to the best diagnosis and/or treatments.
Now, you are lost completely and totally unaware of what to do to conquer your newly discovered vocal problem...
My advise would be that, first and foremost, do not panic; but instead, find a good medical professional and get an accurate diagnosis. If you get a clean bill of health, then seek a holistic practitioner (voice/vocal specialist) who specializes in voice problems. Acquiring appropriate voice/vocal techniques and the application of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies, should do the trick, so to speak.
If you, (God forbid) are diagnosed with some kind of growths on your vocal cords; such as polyps, nodules, cysts, lesions and etc., you should still look for a non-surgical alternative before committing yourself to surgical interference.
For example: The Vocal Science™ Technique advocates the minimal (if at all) use of the vocal cords.
Some of you are probably aware that you have only so many ‘strums’ per vocal cords, for the length of your life. Naturally the less you use your vocal cords; the more you preserve its health and length.
But what if you need to use your voice quite excessively? For example: What if your job requires you to speak on the phone all day, or you happen to be a professional speaker or singer?
I found the way to decrease the pressure of the sound on the vocal anatomy via my specially designed speech and singing exercises, coupled with special body movements.
Those exercises will allow your voice to be lifted off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords by the way of restructuring the sound into the set of the facial muscles, which will, in turn, begin to work in full conjunction and coordination with your abdominal muscles (for greater support of the lift); thus minimizing the use of your throat, larynx and your vocal cords.
However, if the above took place; and, after awhile, your previously diagnosed growth is not, at least, shrinking in size, you should return to the ENT surgeon and ask for a reassessment.
In this case, it might be wise to undergo a surgical procedure and then come back to the non-surgical post-operative care and thus assure that your voice disorder will not reoccur ever again.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
All you have to lose is your stress and fear; All you have to gain is your voice and overall health.
When a regular person suddenly begins to experience some voice problems, it becomes very devastating and, nevertheless, very scary.
When a singer begins to experience a loss of range, and hoarseness of voice, not only does it cause stress and extreme fear of losing their career, but it becomes completely unbearable and extremely stressful for that individual; and of course, all of it effects his/hers overall health. The musicians in general are usually extremely emotional and quite passionate, which is not always beneficial to their physical wellbeing.
It is a well-known fact that a lot of diseases are emotionally induced and then they manifest in the physical body. The stress alone can cause quite a change in the chemical composition and thus, can cause a complete imbalance in the body. If brought to the absolute boiling point, it will most likely attack the weakest organ in this individual’s body. Those people who use their throat and their vocal anatomy quite excessively (due to their occupation) most likely will experience a vocal issue.
Those who are already experiencing vocal problems, no doubts, will be stressed to the max (speaking or singing), and that, in turn, will create some other physical body problems, such it could be, for example, their liver…
The holistic teaching indicates that those individuals who do experience liver problems, usually posses suppressed anger within themselves. When, for example, the thyroid is attacked, it usually represents that the sufferer is experiencing suppressed emotions and hurts. Very often, when doctors order to remove the thyroid, they also, quite often “butcher” the vocal box and almost 9 out of 10 patients are waking up with a paralyzed vocal cord(s).
So all of it, as you can see, is, nevertheless, a vicious circle. In other words, if you already have a vocal problem, the stress and fear will make it worse and might even affect the other vital organs of your body. If you have stress and fears caused by other factors, you may acquire vocal issues (speaking and/or singing). However, the singers who don’t know how to save and protect their voice for life, and who don’t own the proper vocal technique, most likely, sooner or later, will acquire various vocal disorders.
If you understand correctly the content, you will draw a conclusion that all of our organs (brain included) are completely interconnected; thus the approach to any physical imbalance (voice included) MUST be approached holistically and NEVER by itself. Once the physical body is in balance and intact, the spirit in such body will be also happy and healthy.
The voice IS your spirit.
It is also a reflection of the state of your whole being and it is, nevertheless, an Identification of who you truly are!
Friday, April 15, 2016
I, personally, also had a similar question when I was offered by two (quite prominent) dentists to pull out my three (near the front) teeth.
One of which (granted) was pretty broken, the other one was slightly damaged; and the third one was previously “treated” by a dental surgeon and, as a result, that tooth appeared to be crooked and shortened to the max… I did not know any of this, as I was quite heavily sedated.
When I woke up, nevertheless, I had to face the results and that was quite the surprise…
That very doctor and then the other one who I went for a second opinion, wanted to pull out three teeth, put the implants on two of them and a crown on one. Moreover, the office manager of the first one, when I came in, I thought for an appointment, cancelled it outright and recited to me that I had six route canals to be done and redone!
The estimate I had received from that office was $12,000.00!
And the estimate I had received from the second office was
Luckily, by fluke, I found a third dentist named Richard Lee-Shanok who happened to be not only a nice and down-to-earth person, but also a great specialist who, for less then $2,000.00, fixed all of those teeth (and then some) without any pain or strain and without any artificial hardware (or plastic-ware) residing in my mouth.
I am forever grateful to this wonderful dental specialist! (A dental wizard, nevertheless).
The moral of my story is such: DO NOT AGGREE to ANY surgeries, implants or any other physical augmentations concerning your vocal anatomy, until you know FOR SURE that there is no other way to FIX your vocal problem.
Nevertheless, sometimes there are situations, which cannot be addressed non-surgically; and at that time, vocal surgery could be considered.
If there is any growth on the vocal cords and they are not getting any smaller (or disappearing in a reasonable period of time) after the non-surgical holistic treatment, they have to be addressed surgically, as if left alone, they, with time, could become cancerous.
If the vocal surgery took place, the post-surgery care should be administered to assure the proper healing and the proper use of the speaking/singing voice, so that no growth (or any other vocal problem for that matter) could occur ever again.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Could Speech Therapists (Or Speech Pathologists For That Matter), Attend To Singers With Voice Disorders?
Lately, for some mysterious reason, I hear more and more from people who used to be able to sing (or even professional singers with voice issues) contemplating to receive the treatment for their voice problems from speech therapists or speech pathologists…?
How logical is that?
Honestly, to me, it does not make any sense, as none of the above were ever trained how to become a singer or, nevertheless, knowing how to sing and, furthermore, how to treat singers from vocal diseases. Moreover, some of them actually suffer themselves from MTD (Muscle tension Dysphonia) or even SD (Spasmodic Dysphonia).
So their “claim to fame” is that they had (and majority of them still have) such vocal disorders themselves.
They brag about it, trying to convince a potential sufferer that they know all about it, since they have been suffering from the same thing…?
My question is: if they have been suffering from such disorders described above, how did they get it in the first place?
My wild guess would be that they (probably themselves) did not use the voice correctly; i.e., spoke a lot, spoke forceful and loud, had a very intense lifestyle and had no idea that all of that could effect their voice and bring it to such disorder…
If that is the case, how in the world could they help a person (especially a singer) with a voice disorder when they themselves have gotten in trouble with their voice (not knowing anything, at the time, about the consequences). And the best they could do is to pretend that nothing had happened; and if they even admitted that it had happened, they would use that occurrence to convince the potential clients (with similar vocal disorders) that they could help them.
My fear is that “they will help them alright”… to enhance their disorder and not to treat it or cure it by any means.
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We have also developed complete beginner singers to well-known professional recording artists, performers and winners of numerous international vocal competitions.
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We certainly hope that you come to your senses and realize that if your singing voice is out of sorts and in jeopardy to be lost for good, you will have to find a voice specialist who (nevertheless) had been a singer and educator (with extensive experience) specializing in singing voice mechanics and voice health.
Let’s suppose that an individual needs brain surgery.
Would they hire an orthopaedic doctor to perform it?
Sounds funny, doesn’t it?
So those speech therapists and pathologists, for that matter, presumably know something about the voice (if at all, it would be about the speaking voice), how in the world, when they never had sung a note themselves, they could help you, a singer with vocal problems…?
This is your riddle and daily digest.