Monday, March 26, 2018

Vocal Science… Life With Voice! Strained Vocal Cords in association with Muscle Tension Dysphonia.

Restoring and building tomorrow's healthy voices!
"If you could do it alone, you would have done it already" 
- States weight loss guru, Harvey Brooks.

We totally agree with his statement and are more then willing to offer you a big help employing our Vocal Science™ Method, which will greatly help you conquer all of your voice/vocal problem(s) – And We Guarantee That!!

With that in mind, we have two very informative testimonials for your educational and reading pleasure.These testimonials speak for themselves.

We really don’t have much to add, accept: If anybody is interested to pursue a Non-Surgical Voice Repair Course and Treatment with us,  we would be more then happy to explain the technical and overall scientific side of this very fascinating process of restoring one’s voice and reclaiming one’s life… with voice!

Please see below.

Davida F:  Manager, Partner Programs at End to End Networks - Strained Vocal Cords & Muscle Tension Dysphonia client from Aurora Ontario Canada.

"Diana is a wonderful vocal coach and her approach is based on a holistic approach to speech and singing that encompasses the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the whole person to bring about a complete transformation. I went to see Diana due to chronic hoarseness and recurrent bouts of laryngitis, as well as muscle tension in my neck. My job requires me to speak and do presentations all day long and by the end of each day I would have a sore throat and be completely hoarse. In just a few short weeks Diana taught me how to stop relying on my throat muscles and how to stop straining my voice. I can now make it through an entire day without losing my voice which is an incredible relief! (I've even discovered that I have a pretty decent singing voice too!) For anyone struggling with voice problems - whether speaking or singing - I strongly encourage you to make the investment in yourself and go see Diana. There's no need to risk surgery or medication when you can instead learn a completely natural way of speaking that will preserve your voice for years to come."

Mary Ellen Stoll: Former Speech and Singing Voice Repair Client from Brookville, Ontario Canada.

"The Royans Institute for Non Surgical Voice Repair has repaired my voice beyond my wildest dreams. For 40 years, after surgery to remove a nodule on my vocal chords, I have struggled with a hoarse raspy voice and frequent laryngitis. After retirement from a very busy job in the public service I wanted to join a women's chorus however I knew I needed help. First, Diana worked with me to "place my voice" such that I was using my cheeks and face muscles. After dedicated learning on my part and care, expertise and effort on her part we were able to fix my speaking voice. I was thrilled -- and my friends and family were so surprised. Now we are using the similar techniques to improve my singing voice and prevent the sort of damage that I inflicted on my vocal apparatus so long ago. I do not hesitate to recommend the Royans Institute to those in need of voice repair-- miracles can and do happen!"

Friday, March 23, 2018

The benefits of alternative speech therapy for post-stroke survivors.

A stroke is one of the most harmful experiences an individual can experience. When they happen, strokes will often cause temporary or permanent paralysis (nerve damage) to one or both sides of the human body. Sometimes, speech, memory, balance, cognition, and vision may also be affected.

In addition, muscle spasms and pain are some of the most common issues that are associated with stroke. These issues often cause stroke survivors difficulties with respect of managing their daily tasks - like bathing and dressing. Therefore, it may be challenging for them to continue to manage the daily roles in their lives.

One of the more serious complications of a stroke tends to be the difficulty in communication, which indeed causes difficulty with respect to talking with others. It is known that about 25 to 40% of stroke patients suffer from aphasia - a disorder that impairs one's ability to process language and their ability to speak. Aphasia also makes it challenging for a stroke survivor to understand others. They also exhibit problems in reading and writing. The level of problems a stroke survivor undergoes in indicative to the severity of the initial stroke.

- How can an alternative speech therapist help? 

Receiving quality occupational therapy treatment significantly improve a stroke patient's recovery. Through research, it has been indicative that patients who work with occupational therapists are more likely to regain function in their daily lives. Therapists are very helpful in assisting patients to discover a new way of living that benefit themselves as well as their families.

An OT will conduct an evaluation to determine what the patient's needs are in term of addressing deficits in the function. Because an OT spends much time with the patient, they recommend a consultation with a speech-language therapist if the patient is experiencing any kind of difficulty with speaking or swallowing. While many post-stroke survivors will make large gains in the area of speech within a realistic timeframe, with the help of a voice/speech specialists, it is possible for accelerated improvement to happen.

- How Voice Specialists offer the treatment? 

The voice specialist will address issues – like the inability to swallow, which greatly impacts the sufferer’s ability to function independently. The alternative form of speech therapy includes some unique workout sessions, in the form of speech exercises, to compensate for the vocal cord paralysis or dysfunction. The voice specialist will also assist the patients in improving their ability to swallow which may also be impaired. Due to the nature of the treatment, this may take several sessions (weeks) before the sufferer starts to see results.

- Finding the right voice specialist/alternative speech therapist. 

While there are many challenges that are faced by stroke survivors, difficulty articulating words is one of the major ones. The inability to properly communicate with others through speech can lead to feelings of isolation and will also increase the chances of depression among post-stroke survivors that suffer from voice disorders. Thus, finding the right voice specialist is one of the major benefits for post-accident survivors in general.

This is where the Vocal Science™ Method comes into play.

The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair advocates an alternative and holistic approach to voice mechanics and the person as a whole.

Our unique and revolutionary Non-surgical Voice Repair program will not only help to repair your voice and your vocal box, it will also teach you how to use your voice correctly, according to the standards of professional speaking and or singing.

We at The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair offer a unique and powerful method that facilitates the restoration of the voice by utilizing both proper masterclass voice/vocal instruction and the application of natural herbal remedies; & we have great success in non-surgical treatments for post-stroke survivors and many other factors that can cause voice/vocal disorders.

For more information on how the Vocal Science Method can help restore and improve one’s voice, visit the official site:
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

This is your riddle: You Have Voice Damage… How would you choose to fix it?

  1. Turn to vocal surgery?
  2. Embark onto conventional speech therapy?
  3. Choose homeopathic treatments… perhaps?
  4. Or choose an alternative method of restoration of the damaged and compromised voice via the unique and non-surgical approach to Voice Mechanics…?
Take a wild guess…

Given the nature of our business, we, of course, have been receiving numerous inquiries with respect to damaged voices which include:
  • Muscle Tension Dysphonia
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Acid Reflux
  • Nodules & Polyps on the vocal cords
  • Cysts & Lesions on the vocal cords and the throat  

The above is just to mention a few of the many voice issues…

We, of course, begin the conversation with trying to bring to those sufferers’ understanding that, unless they would change the application of their speaking and/or singing voice, the non-surgical voice repair will not be possible.

By the time they call us, many of them have already been attending conventional speech therapy and contemplating some homeopathic treatments.

Needless to say that none of them achieved any desirable results.

I always say: “Unless the damaged voice is lifted off of the vocal cords and off of the vocal box in general, no healing will take place.”

Usually the voice damage occurs when a wholesome voice mechanism is not in place. The breathing is usually very-much-so compromised or hardly present at all.

Similarly, if the car does not have the fuel to run on, it will not take the driver places. If also the essential components located in the hood of the car are nonfunctional, the car, most likely, will not turn on. Yes, of course, you can tune up the car, put the expensive lube and oil in it and then even wash it, wax it and polish it. With all of the above done, but with the engine broken or one of their parts like the alternator or the fuel system are not intact, the car still will not take you places.

So with the above stated, neither the homeopathy or the other alternative remedies will fix the voice damage on its own.

First and foremost, the mechanics of the voice have to be restored and put in complete balance with the physical body. The sound, as a physical material body, has to be addressed and its movement has to be defined; taking into consideration the proportions and parameters of one’s physical body - height, width and centre. 

The emotional makeup of the individual also has to be taken into account, as the restoration of the voice is indeed a delicate matter and could induce the “rainbow” of emotions. That’s where the holistic approach to Voice Mechanics and the person as a whole takes precedent.

The whole process is definitely not for the faint of heart.

So if the person with voice/vocal problems is strong-willed, balanced and thus determined to conquer all of their voice issues, it will be done! However, it takes “two to tango”… The voice sufferer has to be extremely compliant with the instructions and not only during the studio/clinic time, but also outside of our facilities.

In fact, I would like to share with you what happened today earlier in the morning during my session with one of my voice repair clients. She walked in with a hoarse and raspy voice. And when I asked her what happened and why she sounded like that, my “doomed” voice repair client admitted that she felt quite a bit of improvement in her voice from previous sessions and treatments, and thus… could not stop talking…

Go figure!

She also revealed to me that not only she was speaking all day yesterday at work, but also spoke to her cousin for over two hours last night…? However, needless to say that, two hours later, she left with a restored and much clearer voice - not to mention hopeful, happy and excited. So she was given specific instructions to “hold her horses” and speak in moderation at work and at home. 

I gave her a ‘pep talk’ about athletes being injured and recovering in rehab, and probably not contemplating right away running the marathons or jumping triple axels immediately after they felt a little better.

However, a couple of years ago, in one of my previous blogs, I highlighted a story of our Canadian figure skater named Kaetlyn Osmond
She was injured a few times and one of the times she left her treatments way too soon and enrolled herself straight to the competition. Prior to her injuries, she took the world titles and multiple other tiles. But that time, not being healed completely, she had fallen at least three out of four times while attempting difficult jumps. To put it simply, her foot and her leg were still too weak and could not hold the weight of the body to land the jumps properly… t was indeed very painful to watch. 

However, thanks to her coach who nurtured her back to health and retrained her to become an even stronger skater then before; and as a result, she won Bronze medal in this past Olympic Games! Way to go Kaetlyn!

Yes I am very much so for the use of the natural herbs and remedies, however, a little less fond of the use of homeopathic remedies.

But, yet again, Kaetlyn, for example, had a broken foot and a broken leg. So no herbs or homeopathic remedies would be able to heal such damage, as her problem was also mechanical. In her case, she required surgeries to put the mechanics of her limbs intact. And yes, of course, along with that, the above mentioned remedies would be very instrumental with respect to the actual healing of the injury.

Similarly, once the mechanics of the voice (in this case, non-surgically) are restored, the proper natural herbs and remedies will be administered to heal the throat flora, to get rid of the impurities and strengthen the vocal machinery.

Now, my reader, I would like to know what your wild guess would be…?

Please don’t hesitate to write to us and express your valuable opinion. And if you have any questions or concerns, we will also be happy to address them.

Thank you for reading.


Diana Yampolsky