- Scratchy throat/ feeling of something stuck in the throat
- Bitter taste in your mouth, especially in the morning
- Bad voice quality in the morning
- A chronic cough and/or a sore throat
- Feel as though there is something stuck in your throat
- Prolonged warm-up time needed for the voice
- Reduced pitch range
- Chronic throat clearing
Friday, August 31, 2018
The Role of Alternative Speech Therapy in the Holistic Treatment of Voice Problems affected by Acid Reflux.
No one likes dealing with acid reflux. Problems like indigestion, sour taste in your mouth, and difficulty in swallowing are all very uncomfortable effects of acid reflux. But did you know that acid reflux can even cause voice loss? This is called Reflux Laryngitis.
Reflux laryngitis is mainly caused by stomach acid coming up into the esophagus and thus irritating the larynx. This can cause the chronic swelling of the vocal folds and hoarseness.
- What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid and contents travel up into the esophagus and possibly into the throat. Common signs include a sour/bitter taste in mouth, burping, nausea, and difficulty in swallowing.
- Causes of Acid Reflux
A persistent reflux can be caused by obesity, diet, food sensitivities and certain behaviors such as bending over, lying down or singing/high volume speaking immediately after eating. There are also theories that acid reflux is caused by underproduction of stomach acid. Also, never underestimate the role of stress and the role of anxiety; both of which could play a harmful role in your health.
- Symptoms of Acid Reflux
- Diagnosis and Treatment
We have a specialized method for dealing with acid reflux consisting of unique voice/vocal instruction and natural herbal treatment. This form of treatment is designed to get to the root of the cause, rather than treating solely its symptoms.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
An Alternative Method of Speech Therapy may be the answer for the Treatment of a Raspy and Hoarse Voice.
Has the quality of your voice been compromised due to chronic hoarseness?
If you are suffering from this ever-growing voice problem, The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair can help to fix it.
- Before we go into what it takes to completely eliminate hoarseness, we must gain a better understanding of what exactly it is. So to make things clear, hoarseness is a symptom, not a disease. It is an abnormal change in your voice caused by a variety of conditions. Due to these conditions, the voice may exhibit a change in pitch and volume, ranging from a deep, harsh voice to a weak raspy voice. The most common cause for this is what is known as acute laryngitis (inflammation of the vocal cords) which is most often caused by an upper respiratory tract infection (usually viral), and it also can be caused by overuse or misuse of the voice (like singing loudly or yelling).
If you tend to use your voice a lot and are experiencing hoarseness, the strain on your voice (essentially the strain on your neck and vocal cords) can be treated with the help of an experienced alternative voice specialist.
We, at The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair, are providing the unique services of voice restoration. We are based out of Toronto, Ontario Canada. We also provide a specialized method of voice enhancement. It is known as the Vocal Science™ method and technique.
With this revolutionary program, created and conducted by our world-renowned Master voice/vocal coach/voice repair specialist, Diana Yampolsky, we are able to offer industry-leading, non-invasive treatment options for those who suffer from various voice problems, speech problems and or vocal disorders.
How can this information help with Chronic Hoarseness?
The core of this form of voice therapy resides in the rule of fact - in order to treat the symptoms of a problem (in this case, hoarseness) you must first find the underlying cause. And we are not just talking about the cause of the initial hoarseness… We are talking about a complete analysis of things that lead to the beginning of the hoarseness and how it has formed from then til now.
Also, in order to achieve desirable results with respect to proper voice restoration, the patient must be able to follow the voice repair specialist’s instructions to the letter.
For professional voice users and for everyday people, the method for proper voice restoration is as follows:
#1 The state of the patients mental and physical state is examined, noted and adjusted.
#2 Any bad habits which the voice repair specialist will identify during the voice repair process will be relayed to the patient and then those habits will be corrected on the spot.
#3 The correction of vocal projection, combined with the administration of specially-chosen natural herbs and remedies (designed to promote the natural healing of the vocal cords) will be introduced.
#5, further refinement of the patients’ voice quality will be introduced and implemented, allowing the patients to not only obtain a healthy voice but also to comply with the professional standards of speaking and or singing.
The above is a summary of the comprehensive restoration process which is conducted at The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair.
The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair has been restoring and enhancing their patients’ voices for over 34 years…. Our aforementioned name signifies the best in vocal treatment using an alternative form of speech therapy for speakers and singers.
For more information on how we can help save and protect and enhance your voice, visit our site and/or contact us.
Monday, August 20, 2018
Every human, at some point in their lives, experiences a change when it comes to their voice. Some of those changes are natural & some changes are abnormal. Sometimes, those abnormal changes are so severe, they may even warrant an investigation with respect to finding out where the underline cause lies. This leads to the discovery of voice problems and what they signify with regards to one’s health. In this article, we will focus on a particular voice disorder known as vocal cord paralysis; it’s causes, symptoms and the options that are available in order to effectively treat it.
Vocal paralysis is a condition where one or both vocal cords are unable to move due to various factors – most of which derive from nerve damage (specifically, the nerves that activate the muscles within the vocal cords). In some cases, the above happens to stroke victims, throat cancer victims/survivors, brain cancer victims/survivors & to those who have other disorders that cause the muscles within their bodies to atrophy (including the vocal cords). Even certain forms of viral infections can play a role in causing vocal cord paralysis (in “favorable” conditions).
Given the main descriptions of the symptoms that may be causing this problem, may, in turn, lead to many other problems which, no doubt, will affect the daily life of the sufferer:
- Natural speech will be moderately or greatly impaired
- Difficulty getting employment in work fields that require voice use
- Loss of confidence in one’s self with respect to living a meaningful life.
With the above stated, research is being conducted across the world with the intent of discovering further symptoms and all possible causes associated with this form of the vocal disorder.
Treatments for Vocal Paralysis ( Vocal paresis )
Treatments for this disorder will depend on the various factors that are associated with the above.
- How long has the patient been suffering from the problem?
- What is the severity level of the symptoms?
- How long they have been present?
These questions must be addressed before advancing to the next step such as attending to this disorder with the full information.
With that in mind, advice will then be given based on every individual's condition.
Benefits of Non-surgical treatments
There is an effective form of voice repair and enhancement known as the Vocal Science™ Method and it is practiced and taught at The Royans Professional Vocal School & The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair. To find out what this method can do for those who suffer from vocal cord paralysis and other similar voice disorders, please see below:
- That can non-surgically repair your vocal cords and the vocal box in general.
- This is done by the virtue of learning how to minimize the use of your vocal cords and produce vocalization (your voice) by using a different set of muscles (such as the facial muscles working in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles).
- This method will also allow your voice to naturally amplify itself due to the above equation.
- With the help of natural herbs and supplements, the healing of damaged cells within your vocal cord(s)/vocal box will take place – it should also repair the damage which may be caused via any kind of surgery on your vocal anatomy).
For those who suffer from voice disorders like Vocal Paralysis and are in need of the best non-surgical voice treatment and care, contact us The Royans Institute for Nonsurgical Voice Repair and find out what can be done to rectify this very serious problem.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Are you suffering from abnormal changes in your voice like hoarseness, raspiness or even symptoms of voice loss? You may think that you're fighting with a cold or flu, or perhaps you may think that it’s due to the fact that you sang your heart out at a concert or cheered too loudly for your favorite player at a football ground. And (hypothetically speaking), due to those actions, you are now paying the price with a sore throat or, even worse, laryngitis - a type of inflammation in your voice box that makes your voice scratchy or hoarse.
Laryngitis can be short-term or chronic and most often it does not last more than a couple of weeks. A viral or bacterial infection or vocal strain can cause temporary laryngitis.
Laryngitis (which is quite common during cold and flu season) is caused when the voice box becomes inflamed. In order to produce a clear-sounding voice, the vocal folds have to be able to rub up against each other in order to vibrate accordingly. However, if inflammation gets into that lining, it will prevent those vocal folds from vibrating properly, and thus the production of a clear, healthy voice will become compromised.
How to prevent voice problems?
If you want to prevent voice problems and are looking for ways to get your voice back asap, here are some beneficial tips for you.
- Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water. At least 6-8 glasses a day is recommended. Stop the consumption of unhealthy drinks (like alcohols or caffeine) that can cause your body to lose water and make your vocal folds and larynx become dry.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet.
Don't smoke and avoid second-hand smoke. It irritates your vocal folds. Also, cancer of the vocal folds has been detected in people who smoke regularly. Don't consume spicy foods. Spicy foods can cause stomach acid to move into the throat and or esophagus, causing heartburn or GERD. Include plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in your diet that contains vitamins A, E, and C. These vitamins help to maintain the mucous membranes which, in turn, help to keep the throat (and related parts of the vocal anatomy) healthy.
- Visit an alternative voice specialist.
If the hoarseness remains persistent for more than a couple of weeks and, moreover, you begin experiencing chronic problems with your throat and voice, it's necessary that you visit a qualified alternative health specialist. These specialists will closely analyze your disturbed vocal anatomy, using specific alternative & natural methods, which will greatly aid to your voice/vocal recovery.
Once you’ve been examined by the above/described specialist, they’ll have a better idea if your laryngitis is caused by an ear, nose or throat problem, or if, (as an additional measure) you may need to embark on a herbal (as well as some homeopathic) treatment. These kinds of therapists use a specific approach to help you find relief from symptoms; and, most importantly, at the end of the treatment, acquire the best possible (and, nonetheless) desirable voice.
Therefore if you are seriously committed to healing and fully recovering your voice, make an appointment with an alternative health specialist who solely specializes in non-surgical voice repair.