What is Vocal Physiotherapy?
If you are a singer, performer or musician you may have heard of vocal physiotherapy. However, it can be a helpful tool for anyone who uses their voice in their workplace. For example, teachers, barristers, radio announcers and childcare workers often report a strained voice that may fatigue with the nature of their profession.
Principally vocal physiotherapy involves manual therapy techniques to the throat, including direct soft tissue release and stretching of the laryngeal muscles. Laryngeal tension can build up easily due to many reasons including technical issues, neck problems or tension, postural issues, jaw problems, tongue root tension, poor dietary habits and poor support mechanisms. Like any muscle, repetitive use can cause fatigue, soreness and changes in patterning which will affect the ability to produce quality sound. Vocal unloading assists voice users to break this cycle and retrain their voice and body with neuromuscular re-education to achieve the most efficient voice production possible.
The link between the quality of your voice and the head, neck and shoulders means that our Physiotherapist will assess your whole upper body. This includes:
Posture (head, neck, lumbopelvic)
Cervical Spine position and function
Temporomandibular joint (Jaw)/
Scapular position and movement
Voice analysis (tone, power and comfort)
Revive are able to work closely with ENT specialists and your vocal coach to optimise your voice.
Common issues treated by Vocal Unloading are:
- Muscle Tension Dysphonia
- Tongue Root Tension in singers
- Globus Pharyngeus/ Throat pain
- Orofacial pain or Dysfunction/ TMJ (jaw) problems
If you are having issues with your voice, book an appointment with our vocal unloading physiotherapist, Grace Williams.