Vocal Science™: Acid Reflux Affecting Voice - Case Study!
One of the cases - of a few years ago, comes to mind and stands out the most.
A woman in her 40s walked into our studio and told us her story…
She was divorced from her very abusive husband, who happened to be a lawyer and also the father of her 10-year-old daughter.
So this beautiful woman of Middle-Eastern descent was now a single Mom and a kindergarten school teacher.
Due to her occupation (dealing with young children all day), she had to speak a lot and also sing rhymes and songs with quite a large group of preschoolers…
Meanwhile, she told us that she got a hole in her esophagus (I strongly believe that it happened due to her high emotional stress and then it had manifested in her physical body...). Due to that fact, her gastric acid was uncontrollably shooting up from out of that hole in her esophagus, and then directly into her throat, naturally affecting her voice a great deal…
Consequently, it was causing her voice to sound raspy and hoarse.
I had to explain to her that she had two related problems:
One of them was purely medical (though, nonetheless, emotionally induced) and the other one was, evidently, a wrong application of the speaking and, respectively, singing voice.
Due to the inadequate way of using her speaking and singing voice, the sound of her voice dropped to a lower throat position...
Therefore the gastric acid, which was constantly streaming from my client's stomach, was quite easily reaching her vocal anatomy.
In this instance, her vocal cords and other parts of her vocal anatomy, in general, became quite severely burned.
I told my client that for her physical problem, I could administer natural herbal and some homeopathic remedies, and in the interim, while she was awaiting her surgery to close the hole in her esophagus, help her to reduce the nasty symptoms she was experiencing,
Needless to say, my main aim was to save her voice and make it sound normal in order for her not to lose her livelihood (her job).
The philosophy of my very own Vocal Science™Method is such that the sound of the voice has to be lifted off of the vocal cords and off of the vocal box and to be restructured in a different set of muscles (facial cavities which are designed to work in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles). It can be achieved via my very own, specially-developed speech/singing exercises along with special body movements also coupled with the consumption of specifically selected natural remedies.
Once the sound is restructured from the vocal box to the upper facial cavities, the harmful pressure on the vocal anatomy will become very-much-so reduced and actually practically eliminated.
All of the above described "mechanism" would play a very important role in the sound-lift and nevertheless, proper sound support. The latter will also help to create a proper body structure to achieve the most desireable sound of one’s voice.
I achieved all of the above described and my client, in only 20 hours of instruction, regained her normal speaking voice and even acquired a newly found singing voice. So given all that, needless to say, she was able to continue her work with the preschoolers.
She also got rid of her pain in the throat and was very happy with the end result.
However, she still was awaiting her gastrointestinal surgery to get rid of her (described-above) physical problem.
Unfortunately, we had lost track of this client of ours, but we are quite sure that she is healthy, more confident and much happier now - being able (under our guidance) to achieve her voice recovery and her goals overall:
- While obtaining a healthier body and thus, a healthier spirit within that body, no doubt, all of that will become equivalent to a healthy voice!
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