This includes Professional voice users. Such as singers, actors, commentators, teachers, customer service/call centre staff and more. As well as treating and supporting people experiencing voice quality issues, increased effort and /or pain with vocalisation, tongue tension and throat pain of a muscular origin.
In simplistic terms, our voice is produced not only by the vibration of the vocal folds, but also by the complex coordination of breath, posture, muscle tone and recruitment. Commonly known as the “Power – Source – Filter” model. The Power-Source-Filter model in conjunction with the anatomy of the larynx displays the inter-relationship and dependency of the voice on the rest of the body. Therefore, vocal physiotherapy not only assesses and treats the vocal region but also assesses voice production holistically through the whole body.
Vocal physiotherapy encompasses treatment of myofascial, muscular and cartilaginous structures of the larynx and the surrounding perilaryngeal region. To produce efficient vocal fold vibration and voice production. It assists voice users to break their ‘maladaptive voice cycle’ and retrain their voice and body. Using neuromuscular re-education to achieve the most efficient voice production possible.
Treatment and assessment is personalised to reflect the individuality of voice production and your demands and goals.
Your assessment and treatment may include the following areas:
Vocal physiotherapy is for all voice users! Professional, amateur and those with vocal issues.
Professional voice users (anyone who uses their voice for work such as teachers, barristers, radio announcers. singers -classical, pop, contemporary or musical theatre performers) often report an effortful voice that may fatigue with the nature of their profession. This group often come to Performance Medicine for a “tune up” to maintain their laryngeal mobility and tissue health. Preventing injury, and gaining support in how to strengthen their voice.
Treatment is regularly in conjunction with vocal coaches, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) or voice therapists. Those who have been diagnosed with a voice issue, such as dysphonia, by their ENT specialist or speech pathologist are often referred to us for vocal physiotherapy.
At Performance Medicine we champion a team approach with our physiotherapist working together with the referring ENT or speech pathologist, to ensure that you are well look after.