Thursday, September 22, 2016

Vocal Science – Health With Voice! Asthma Anyone?

Believe it or not, asthma disorder could be very much connected to a voice disorder, due to improper breathing.

If the asthma sufferer is not aware of his/her breathing patterns, it could very easily effect their voice, as the throat, at the time, becomes very dry, and also the use of the medicated puffers will dry out one’s throat in no time.

One way to help the asthma sufferers with their asthma disorder and, if needed, their damaged voice, is (first of all) to teach them proper breathing, which will immensely help the sufferers with asthma symptoms during the attacks; and concurrently, due to the lift of voice off of the lower and upper respiratory system, the voice healing will be enhanced by the virtue fact that it had gotten removed from the infected area.

Now let’s talk about breathing exercises:

I usually do not work with clients on just breathing; it always connected to the speaking/singing sounds, syllables and vowels.

The objective here is to employ three components of the breathing mechanism such as:

  • Lower abdomen – for the support of the height of the sound.

  • Upper diaphragm – for the support of the width (body of the sound)

  • Mouth breath – which has to be taken very quickly, passing by all of the respiratory anatomy and becoming placed underneath of the sound, traveling on a parallel track with it and propelling the sound forward.

Once the above is achieved, the respiratory cavities are freed; so is the vocal anatomy, which open up a space for the natural herbal and homeopathic remedies to be applied and act to its’ fullest capacity.

That too plays an essential role in the asthma patient’s recovery.

So, with that said, we could “kill two birds with one stone”. The asthma is treated and could be actually cured; and the voice, concurrently, will also improve and recover dramatically!

In this case.., could you ask for anything more?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sulcus Vocalis (Vocal Cords Gap). How Could It Be Delt With Employing Unconventional Techniques?

Thank God that not too often, but still, we are getting inquiries from regular speakers and some singers who were diagnosed with a voice disorder called Sulcus Vocalis.

These type of people usually possess a raspy and hoarse voice and can also sound like they stutter a little, as due to the enlarged gap between their vocal cords, their voice falls in between. The timing of vocal cords opening and closing does not correspond with the voice occurrence; and therefore, the above described symptoms do prevail. By that point, the “alignment” between the subconscious mind, conscious mind, physical body and the voice is challenged.

So the total aim (using specially developed speech exercises for that matter, coupled with the unique body movements) is to put the “alignment” between the above aforementioned components back to order; and thus, achieve total balance on a mental, physical, physiological, emotional and vocal level. Once the integration and synergy between the described components are achieved, the vocal cords will be commanded to come back to the proper width between them.

This revolutionary technique is also applicable to singers who, in any case, having any kind of vocal disorder, would have to start with bringing their speaking voice in proper order.

As a positive side-effect and due to all of those manipulations, the sufferer’s voice will be lifted to the much higher level of existence; and thus, the opening of the lower throat will become available for natural herbal and homeopathic treatment, which will also play a very instrumental role in the voice recovery and restoration. With this type of voice/vocal disorder, no doubt, the flora of the lower throat would be quite disturbed.

First of all, the bottom anatomy is hurt and wounded, because the person who acquired such a voice disorder as Sulcus Vocalis, no doubts (in the first place) was misusing and abusing his/her speaking and or singing voice by speaking or singing loudly and forcefully. Of course, there are some other factors that could prevail and induce the above described condition. Unfortunately for such patients, neither the ENT Specialists nor Speech Therapists could offer any solution to that kind of a voice problem.

We, however, are not only involved in solving vocal problems full-time, we are also employing full-time care, experience, knowledge and passion.
We proudly provide our clients with valuable voice and health solutions!!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Vocal Cord Paralysis: Could It Be Treated or, Furthermore, Cured?

Vocal Cord Paralysis (Paresis) is a very serious voice disorder.

If there are (God Forbid) both vocal cords paralyzed, (which means there is no movement whatsoever happening between them), there is not much (if at all) that could be done to bring those vocal cords to their normal working order. The person who suffers from that horrible voice condition, practically, is mute, as he/she cannot formulate any words.

It is indeed very sad!

A few years ago, a handsome executive-looking Asian man walked in through my office doors. Luckily, his wife was accompanying him; as otherwise, I would not be able to understand anything what he was trying to say. She told me that her husband had an operation performed on his thyroid when he had, what doctors thought, a benign lump.

After this first surgery, one of his vocal cords got paralyzed. At that time he, apparently, still could talk; however already, with great difficulty. Then, a year later, he was diagnosed with the cancer of the thyroid.

The doctors performed the surgery again, and this time around, they “managed” to paralyze the second vocal cord, which left the man unable to talk at all.

Does anybody could do anything about it, you may ask? My answer would be,  “Not to my knowledge and quite unlikely”.

However, when there is only one vocal cord paralyzed, there is a great possibility to improve one’s speech, by not only  (via special speech exercises) make the cord move (at least to a degree), but also by restructuring the sound to the different set of muscles altogether.

The facial muscles (where the voice now will be residing) will play the role of the natural amplifier or resonator. The lower abdomen and upper diaphragm muscles will be utilized to support the lift of the sound to the facial cavities.

Once the facial muscles begin to work in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, the greater pronunciation and annunciation will be also implemented. Therefore, the person with only one paralyzed vocal cord could be well treated to the point that he/she could come back to their normal life and feel adequate enough in their everyday performance.

So even if the vocal cord does not begin to move fully, the lift to the facial muscles will greatly compensate for that and nobody will know the difference.

After all, if you cannot start your car the regular way, you may be able to start you car from the trunk. And if employing the latter will take you places, so be it.

Given the above, the mission becomes accomplished (whichever way it works); and that’s what counts!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Vocal ICU (Intensive Care) - Could It Be Administered Remotely?

Given that we live in a digital era, more and more we have been asked if we provide Non-Surgical Voice Repair Services remotely, i.e., via Skype, FaceTime, WeChat and etc.

This trend started a few years ago and, at that time, I thought that people were simply joking…! I thought “they could not be serious”, as any vocal disorder could represent a serious internal problem.

In fact, I just came back from my travels in the Middle East and unfortunately ended up (due to one of my relatives’ serious medical problem) in an ICU section of the hospital. In fact, they did not call it ICU (like in North America). They call it the “Internal Medicine Department”.

It confused me at first, but after thoroughly thinking about it, I understood the total meaning of the name “Internal Medicine”, which totally matched the description. All of those people in that wing were cared for 24/7 and all of the monitors (which they were connected to) were also supervised 24/7.

Respectively, I treat all voice disorders as any complicated internal health problem would be treated, as a lot of the time, the loss of voice (for example) could represent a very serious internal dysfunction, such as (even) cancer.

So given the complexity of the above, do some people really think that it could be addressed remotely?? If they do, they themselves (nevertheless) need to have their head examined. (in fact and sadly, with that comment, I’m not even joking!)

Let me give you one example, which occurred a couple of years ago, but, to this day, I still cannot get over of that phone call. My caller was a “distraught” mother of a 15 years old teenager, as she identified as a pop star. Her pop star daughter had seen 5 ENT specialists who had granted her with 5 very serious diagnoses. You name it, she’s got it!

My heart immediately opened up to the child with serious vocal problems, which were not only impeding on her vocal performance, but also on her social life and teenage life in general. I began my presentation with respect to how I can approach treating all of those serious vocal disorders, obviously presuming that we are talking about the mother and the daughter taking the trip to Toronto Canada and “landing” straight in my studio.

After the extensive conversation with whole bunch of very valuable explanations from my side, her last question to me was, “Can we do a FaceTime please?” That question left me “speechless”. I could not believe my ears…

Instead of asking me how soon I would be able to accept and embrace her daughter in order to literally save her life, she was asking if I could deal with all FIVE MAJOR vocal problems (possessed by her daughter) via phone or computer! Go figure!

Nowadays, people think that any problems could be solved from the distance and not in person. Please think again! Will you ask a masseuse, chiropractor or hair dresser to attend to your body or to your hair via computer? I’m afraid that some people are already thinking about it. LOL! Maybe we should also have all the hospitals closed and conduct all the surgeries, CAT scans and MRI’s remotely? Wouldn’t that be something?

For those people who think so, we suggest to purchase something along the lines of a Gear VR, or even better, an Oculus Rift!

Those gadgets would give these people a perfect illusion of the virtual world, but eventually, they will have to come back to earth and “smell the coffee” (so to speak); i.e., have a hard-core check with reality, which will allow them, finally, to get off of their couches and start dealing with the real world and the real problems, one or two of which, in fact, could be enhanced voice or vocal problems.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Treatment For Strained Vocal Cords; and (As a Result) Partial Voice Loss

More and more people are enquiring about how to treat their strained vocal cords without the need for surgery or any other invasive procedures. When they actually call with their enquiry, I could hear that their voice is partially lost (sometimes less, sometimes more).

However, somebody just called me a few days ago, telling me (with their whispered voice), that the ENT Doctor had diagnosed him or her with the strained vocal cords. Firstly, I had to ask that person if they were male or female, as for the lack of voice, it was undetectable. Right away, I suspected that her problem (she revealed to me that she was a 64 years old female) was, by far, more serious then just strained vocal cords. 

I have told her (since she had absolutely no sound) that I would have no idea if I could recover her voice. The fact is that the fully lost voice could indicate that the problem could be as serious as throat cancer!

In her case, the fully lost voice was more a symptom then the cause; and therefore, until the actual cause is revealed, there is no point to attempt any kind of non-surgical voice repair. 

However, when the voice (due to its strain) has been drawn to the lower throat position, it is quite recoverable via special speech exercises coupled with the special body movements and the actual voice technique, where the voice is being re-channeled from the vocal anatomy to the different set of facial muscles. 

Once those facial muscles are developed enough to except the voice (which is a substantial physical material body), it has to be put to work in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, which will play the supportive role to assist with the actual lift of the sound, to the place which is called the resonator or (colloquially) natural amplifier. 

Now the voice will be recovered from the depths of the physical body and lifted away from the vocal box and the vocal cords. 

In this instance, the space for healing is released. No doubts that the flora of the throat is quite disturbed. 

That’s where I would administer a set of natural herbs and remedies, which will aid greatly to the overall healing. 

If you compare the above to a person who had nearly drowned and a person who actually did drown, you would see the picture whereas, in the first case, there was a chance of reviving the swimmer, apposed to the second case, the swimmer would never regain the vital signs, as it was simply too late. 

On this note, we hope to help those who we still can revive to the normal life (and, needless to say, respectively to the normal voice) and hope that those (with completely lost voices) will check it out as soon as possible; and thus find the real cause, which (if found early) could save their lives.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Vocal Science: Fixing Voices Is Not Just Our Full Time Job, It Is Our Full Time Passion!!

We truly love to transform lives and put people back into their “vocal shoes”, (like one of our clients from the past professed to us).

We work with regular people with speech problems and with those who want to turn their speaking voice into their profession. We also work with people who just simply want to learn how to sing better. And, respectively, we work with professional singers who either want to prevent their voice from damage, or who already had damaged it. And are now in need of non-surgical voice repair.

If we are talking about any voice repair cases at all, we are talking about a very complex approach to treatment, which, first of all, includes psychological counseling, and thus helps to identify the actual cause of ones’ vocal trauma.

Sometimes, their vocal (and other related) problems have very deep roots lying beneath. And thus, from my side, it requires a lot of skillful experience, as well as true desire and passion to really get to the bottom of it in order to recover that voice (i.e., shut-down and wounded spirit).

I always say that I love what I do and I do what I love.

And in order to work with those damaged voices, and not only vocally injured individuals, you really have to have a true passion to deliver the actual result.

Nevertheless, our students, (patients), coming to us from all walks of life.

They possess different cultures, different colours, different heights and weights. What they have in common is that they are all human beings with sound (and sometimes, not too sound) minds, with the emotions which some of them “wear on their sleeves”, but some have their emotions completely suppressed.

To work with the latter, it is much more difficult, as these individuals are obviously not very open and also very afraid to reveal how hey really feel. Moreover, they withhold very important information, which could be crucial with respect to their healing process.

When I finally break through those individuals, I see a lot of interesting reactions: like, for example, uncontrollable tears or uncontrollable laughter. Yet again I have to be very sensitive and very gentle towards their feelings in order to use their natural human reactions towards their benefit.

Once I am able to “get hold of them” I am able to turn their lives around and practically “resurrect them” back to their normal lives and their normal (and even more so improved), voices. 

To deal with the above, you really have to love it and feel positive and passionate about it, which I DO… on an everyday basis.