Wednesday, February 18, 2015
You've Got a Voice Disorder... It Obviously Affected your Life. What Does it Take to Claim your Life back?
Just in the recent past, you were a regular person like everybody else, and that one morning when you woke up, you felt that your voice is a little shut down and that you had to clear your throat extensively to bring any sound out to the surface.
"That was quite unusual" you might have thought, and hoped that all of it would go away soon.
You started thinking that your bedroom was quite dry and maybe, in the recent past, you had some cold, and maybe the new showed-up symptoms were just the residuals of the latter.
You went through your day, still feeling uncomfortable with your voice and even feeling that something just got stuck inside of your throat.
By the evening, you also started feeling a pain in your neck and shoulders, and overnight, your throat was 'literally' on fire, as the gastric acid began burning your vocal cords.
Due to that, some of you have even experienced a shortness of breath, which could be very scary for anybody, as you feel that you could not take a full breather.
With all these symptoms, no doubts, you lost your sleep.
You couldn't sleep also because you were worrying, not knowing what is happening to your voice and to yourself in general.
You got thrown out of balance and out of the regular routine of your life.
To focus at work became a real challenge.
For those who have to speak during the working day, it became a nightmare.
And for those whose singing is a full time occupation, the threat of loosing their careers and their livelihoods, became unbearable.
Could those speakers and singers claim their lives back?
Yes, the majority of them can!
That is the good news!
Is it easy though?
The answer is NOT AT ALL.
The "hardware", so to speak, is broken.
The mechanism which allows the voice to work in the fullest capacity possible, is dysfunctional.
Let's imagine that one of us owns a very expensive Mercedes Benz.
Suddenly, that beautiful, prestigious car, stalls.
What would you do if that happened to your car?
A. Wash, polish and wax the car?
B. Put it in the garage to "rest" and hope that it will fix itself?
C. Look for a highly qualified mechanic to fix the mechanical problem, which perhaps occurred
under the hood of your car?
If you chose the latter, you most likely still have a hope.
The majority of vocal coaches and speech therapists offer to the sufferer to take a vocal rest.
They also recommend to do the acupuncture and to see the osteopath or chiropractor.
The ENT doctors "prescribe" Gaviscon for acid reflux, which is actually available over the counter.
None of them offers to work on actually what's broken, i.e., voice mechanics.
Unless you do so, you will forever be looking for a "magic pill", or shots of botox.
To claim your life back, you have to understand what it takes and execute it in a full force; work smart, not hard, and with minimum effort, aim to achieve maximum results.