What is Dysphonia, you may ask?
Definition of Dysphonia:
Voice disorders characterized by hoarseness, weakness or even complete loss of voice are called dysphonia.
However, I have to assure you, my reader, that it is not as easy as it sounds.
The loss of voice is only a symptom (a print out of, so to speak, "disturbed software" containing a virus). The cause of it is much more complex and needs to be addressed in full details.
Through my experience, the majority of the clients, especially non-singers, came with some emotional trauma in the past and in the recent past. Usually, it revolves around unsuccessful relationships and/or health issues other than the vocal anatomy.
Due to the above, the throat literally closes on those clients, but being with disagreement of the latter, they push even harder and now involve the muscles of the neck and shoulders as well, while concurrently causing symptoms. Alsmost 100 out of 100, their thyroid is involved as well. It begins to disfunction and in a lot of times, gets swollen and thus, it creates the pressure on the vocal cords.
In holistic teaching, which I studied extensively, (as it is my second passion other than love for music), thyroid represents suppressed emotions and hurts.
Now, go figure, how is the person in question could have a normal voice while being caught up in the full drama of the events.
My last client, diagnosed with muscle tension dysphonia from Florida, U.S., just left two days ago, after embarking on the full blown five day course and herbal treatment in the past week.
Before she left, I had conducted a full interview with her, while concurrently teaching her how to say it properly with now close-to-perfect support, structure, placement and thus, much better projection of the sound.
So here it is:
Diana: You were hesitant to come here, weren’t you?
Diana: Why did you choose the Vocal ScienceTM method over others?
Judy: I had faith that something good will finally come my way.
I was in despair and was definitely in desperation
I was also able to receive more specific information than anywhere else I went to or spoken to.
Diana: You spoke to me numerous times, what was your perception while conversing with me?
Judy: I acquired more positive feelings during our conversations and positive feedback which gave me more confidence
Diana: Have you spoken to any other specialists?
Judy: Neurologists, ENTs (four of them), Speech therapists (two) and a thyroid specialist.
Diana: What was the diagnosis?
Judy: Fibromyalgia, thyroid dysfunction and dysphonia.
(I was explained that my thyroid was swollen and pressing on the vocal chords which resulted in voice loss and fibromyalgia)
Diana: You arrived here five days ago and began a non-surgical voice repair course and herbal treatment. Was it worth it to pay almost $4000.00 for my services and other expenses to travel here from Florida?
Judy: Yes it was, absolutely!
Diana: How do you describe your experience and how would you describe the results accomplished?
Judy: Wonderful experience! Amazing results!
Diana: In what sense, please describe?
Judy: Upon arriving I could not speak properly and hardly at all.
Diana: What happened then?
Judy: And now I'm speaking much better and everybody is noticing it. I spoke to my mom and my daughter over the phone, and they were amazed.
Diana: I know, as your mom called me and thanked me for attending to you.
Diana: Please describe how did you arrive to such a positive and desirable outcome of your trip - to get better?
Judy: By doing special speech exercises, and by clearer understanding of what needs to be done, and not only with my voice, but also with my health overall.
Diana: Has anyone explained anything of a kind or anything that was relevant to the actual vocal damage?
Judy: NO ONE.. Nobody at all.
Diana: Do you have a clear picture now of how to proceed from here?
Judy:Yes very much so, thanks to you.
So interviewing Judy (real name) and spending the time with her, not only during the sessions, but at least in two restaurants located in our plaza, between the sessions, I understood even more so in depth what was causing her condition.
The woman went through a lot emotionally: her own relationships, loss of business due to recession, health and other challenges.
I also interviewed her about her everyday diet and discovered that upon arrival to Canada and checking into the apartment (which I organized for her) she bought ham, cheese, mayonnaise and Sprite...!
To Judy's credit she was extremely compliant with all of my instructions, health and diet included.
Needless to say that with the condition like this, the flora and PH of her vocal anatomy had been tremendously disturbed. Therefore, the protocol is to avoid all creamy, cheesy and overall dairy products, not to mention the combination of them with the proteins. By the way, spicy foods are also not desirable (the comment for those who may be wondering).
The Sprite, or any other sparkling drinks containing carbonated gas, will also be a huge disturbance to the throat and vocal cords.
Judy hardly had any appetite at the beginning, until she started taking natural herbs and remedies, which I included into her Vocal Science(TM) Non-Surgical Voice Repair program protocol.
She followed "by the book" and on the third, fourth and fifth day of our journey, she regained a healthy appetite and mainly the understanding that in this condition, she would have to consume primarily the live foods and not the junk foods or dairy products for that matter.
She will have a long journey of cleansing her body from top to bottom. Now (like a dancer who is dancing off the hardwood floor and not on the thick carpet) the voice will be able to take off of the now clean and clear vocal cords and soar (by our design) to her facial and head cavities, which, in turn, will begin to work in full conjunction and coordination with her abdominal muscles for the greater support of the sound.
Thus, the mission will be achieved and completed and I predict that Judy will arrive to the absolute recovery on every level.
But what about singers, you may ask?
The issues are quite related, however for more detailed information on that, please stay tuned and I will try to shed the light on that issue as well to the best of my knowledge, experience and experience.