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 caused by 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 chronic swelling of the vocal folds, and as a consequence, hoarseness and raspiness in the sound of your voice.

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid and its contents travel up into the esophagus and quite possibly into the throat. Common signs include a sour/bitter taste in the mouth, burping, nausea, and difficulty in swallowing. 

Causes of Acid Reflux

Persistent reflux can be caused by obesity, poor diet, food sensitivities and certain behaviours such as bending over, lying down or speaking/singing in high volume and, nevertheless, by speaking or singing immediately after eating. There are also theories that acid reflux is caused by the lack of production 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:

  • Scratchy throat/feeling of something stuck in the throat
  • Bitter taste in your mouth, especially in the morning
  • Bad voice quality in the morning
  • Chronic cough and/or a sore throat
  • Reduced range of singing voice
  • Chronic throat clearing

Diagnosis and Treatment

We have a specialized method for dealing with the symptoms consistent with acid reflux by utilizing our unique voice/vocal instruction coupled with the natural herbal treatment. This method of treatment is designed to get to the root of the cause of the vocal disorder, as opposed to just treating solely its symptoms.  

For more information on how we can help treat and restore the quality of voice sounds for those suffering from acid reflux, visit our site:
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