Sunday, March 29, 2015
Some of them have been suffering for two or even three decades with diagnoses like muscle tension dysphonia (MTD), spasmodic dysphonia, vocal cords burned with acid reflux and many other voice issues.
None of them were able to get any meaningful help from medical doctors or even specialists and let alone from speech therapists.
Some of my clients have seen numerous speech therapists who offered them to blow into a kazoo, blow into a straw to a glass of water, and yawn with an excessive sigh!
According to those speech therapists the muscles on their patients’ necks and their vocal cords for that matter will get relaxed and that’s how all of their vocal issues will be solved … ???
In my humble opinion all of those manipulations are completely obsolete, useless, and counter-productive.
By following the above, nothing meaningful can be produced except the dry throat, more strained vocal cords, and more frustration for the voice repair sufferer.
A lot of my clients reveal to me that they felt like hostages being (nevertheless) tortured and by that had achieved nothing but more pain and more disappointment.
Some of them were asked to produce loud noises and when they refused to do so, they were scolded and told that they were very quick to give up on their so-called advanced treatment.
In my practice I also received people whose vocal disorder was not very obvious at the glance.
Those particular people had no growth on their vocal cords like nodes, nodules or polyps, they simply had strained their vocal cords, drowned their voices in a very low neck and chest position, and thus, in some cases, they have acquired a mild muscle tension dysphonia condition.
Needless to say, that their necks and shoulders are usually very painful, and that, in turn, affects their ability to speak without any pain or strain.
However, since there are no obvious damage being presented to the ENT doctors or speech therapists, the patients have been labeled with the unthinkable – “It’s all in your head and there is nothing wrong with your voice.”
In some cases, they have been thrown out of the doctors and speech therapists offices!
How sad is that?
The patient is blamed for the crime he/she never committed, so to speak.
The voice sufferer is “punished” for the medical “professionals” inadequacy in the aforementioned field!
Evidently the so-called medical professionals have no insight on how to provide help to these poor voice problem sufferers.
The voice, in a manner of speaking, had drowned and needs to be recovered.
Some of my clients in the past were advised not to speak for six months or even longer to give their voice a rest.
By the time they were trying to speak again, they had nothing but hiss and whisper!
If the car’s engine is broken, by putting the car in the garage “to rest”, it will not fix the car’s mechanical problems.
Similarly, if you don’t revive the drowned person back to life, the person will die.
Given all that, needless to say, if the mechanics of voice and the surrounding muscles like neck, shoulders, chest and proper posture overall is not fixed, the voice sufferer will never acquire their normal – needless to say – improved voice back.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Serious, Or Quite Serious, Non-Surgical Voice Repair Ordeal… Is it Possible To Conquer Vocal Damage in Just 10 hours?
Working with voice repair clients for over 4 decades, I have determined that any voice disorder requires at least 30 hours of intense and tedious instruction and natural herbal and, in some cases, homeopathic treatment.
The voice repair sufferer should understand that not only their speaking and/or singing voices have to be fixed, but it also requires the adaptation of the new modality of the completely new behavior with respect of using speaking, and especially, singing voice.
Moreover, after the voice is fixed and the new vocal behavior has been established, the, so to speak, “screws” have to be tightened to confirm the new adapted habits.
The intellectual understanding of the very intelligent method of visualization has to be interconnected with the motor skills and the kinesthetic feel.
It also requires an establishment of the muscle memory such as facial muscles adapting the sound, and upper and lower abdominal muscles which require to work in full conjunction and coordination with the facial muscles and which are being used for the support of the height and the width (body) of the sound.
Yes, I do offer 10 hour Non-Surgical Voice Repair courses and treatments, but only for those who do not want to spend more money right away and, so to speak, “test the waters”.
I call that course an introductory/exploratory session.
And I make it clear to anybody who inquires for any such courses.
I have to note that I still produce miracles; however, the voice repair client cannot expect the full completion of their voice repair endeavor in such a short period of time.
Everybody in Canada knows about Dr. Bernstein’s Diet clinic (Dr. B Diet). He guarantees that the overweight person, (Via his starvation diet, LOL), could lose up to 20 pounds a month.
And, believe it or not, it is true, as I have been there myself several times over. So, if you follow the protocol, you are indeed guaranteed to lose 20 pounds.
Let’s say that the person who enrolled into his program needs (for arguments sake) to lose 50lbs.
It is a known fact that the human body is pretty much able to release a maximum of 20lbs to 25lbs a month.
Is that the doctor’s problem that the person is overweight 60, 80 or 100lbs?
Evidently not, as he had nothing to do with that person putting that weight on (and probably for a number of years).
In fact, if, let’s say, the 50 pound overweight client will walk away after losing just 20 pounds in a month period of time, he/she is guaranteed not only to not lose more weight on their own, but to put back on those 20 pounds, and much more.
Why, you may ask?
The answer is: Because the new lifestyle model could not be changed and established in such a short period of time, especially if you are older (remember, bad habits die hard). Therefore, the overweight person will come back to his original habits in no time, thus his investment in him/herself will be, (if not completely), but for the most part, lost.
So naturally, the person who is overweight over 20 pounds cannot expect that they will lose 100 pounds in one month and will not have to spend the time, energy and money for that matter any further.
Sounds kind of funny, doesn’t it?
It is indeed!
But, believe it or not, people who are coming to me for non-surgical voice repair and arranging a 10 hour introductory/exploratory course, are convinced that all of their vocal problems and voice issues will be way behind them…
The ten hour course and natural herbal treatment allows the voice repair client to completely understand and experience first hand what the Vocal Science ™ method and techniques are. So, if in doubt, and if especially located locally, by all means arrange a 10 hour course and see for yourself what it could do for you if executed properly and, especially, projected at least 20 more hours of instruction and treatment forward.
Best of health and prosperity now and in the future.
Monday, March 9, 2015
For the last three decades, I have been mostly specializing in Non-Surgical Voice Repair more so than the regular singing or speech lessons.
It appears to be that more and more people are ruining their speaking and singing voices, not knowing how to properly use their voices, let alone knowing how to take care of their voices.
Usually, their lifestyles are quite unhealthy – diet wise, fitness wise, and enormous stress wise.
They live a very strained life, so to speak.
Naturally, a lot of them, (speakers and singers), are pushing and pulling their voices while concurrently gripping their voices into their necks, thus paving their way to what’s called Muscle Tension Dysphonia.
While having these symptoms, naturally these people affected by them, are thinking of going to an ENT specialist. They are hoping to get their diagnosis, (unfortunately, most of the time, quite wrongful), and after that, also hoping to get some relief and also have a ‘quick fix’ of their vocal problem.
Quite often, the ENT specialists suggest the “standard labels” like: acid reflux on the vocal cords, vocal gap (sulcus vocalis), muscle tension dysphonia, etc.
If there is any growth on the vocal cords; (like nodules, polyps or cysts) they, no doubts, will suggest a surgery whether it is needed or not.
Meanwhile, the mind, body and voice have to be assessed separately and collectively.
In fact, I have heard numerous of times that the ENT specialists suggest to the vocally injured patients that it’s “all in their head”, while the person is literally having a vocal damage and thus, is devastated out of their wits!
I never could understand that and at first, it was really hard to believe that something like that is possible!
Naturally, the person with the vocal problem is very upset and frustrated, to put it mildly and, of course, they act a little erratically and are being very emotional, which is completely understandable.
Their body usually is very tensed, as almost any vocal injury results in muscle tension dysphonia, i.e., a very tight neck.
By virtue of the Vocal Science technique, I work on client’s posture and get the pressure out of their neck, shoulders and lower back, which a lot of times, they have a problem with, as they are standing and walking with their pelvis out, throwing their sound backwards instead of forward and thus, pushing and pulling their voice forward double force.
Naturally, the voice itself becomes really strained of constant pushing and pulling, the vocal cords become weak and sometimes to the point that the vocal folds are unable to come back close together.
That’s how the vocal gap, (sulcus vocalis) takes place.
Also, the vocal cords become dry and deprived of oxygen; thus such growths as vocal nodules, polyps and cysts will, no doubts, occur.
Also, one of the main components of the wholesome vocal mechanism is proper breathing.
If the person does not execute the proper breath intake and would not leave the air underneath of the sound to propel the voice forward to also separate the physical body from the sound, that person starts to hyperventilate and feel dizzy, not to mention drying up their throat even more so than before.
So one more time again, the Non-Surgical Voice Repair has to be approached holistically, as I can promise you, no other approach will ever work.
Posted by Diana Yampolsky at 1:40 PM