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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