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Alternative Approach To Speaking and Singing Voice Mechanics.

We are getting a lot of inquiries from people who suffer from various voice/vocal disorders. They are suffering from vocal issues such as: nodules, polyps, lesions, cysts, papillomas, paralyzed vocal cords and many other vocal problems. Naturally, some people want to resolve their vocal cord growth non-surgically; and this is definitely the right thing to do. However, the majority of them outright presume that the minute they start adapting the new mechanics of the voice, combined with the natural herbal treatment, their growth will magically disappear, and moreover, in the nick of time nevertheless.

Yes, in more light conditions like, for example: pre-nodules or very small nodules/polyps, etc., they do disappear in a reasonably short time. The fact is that once the voice is lifted off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords, it is no longer rubbing off of those cords; and once the appropriate herbal remedies (sometimes coupled with homeopathic substances) oxygenate the bottom of the throat enough, no growth will be able to live in that oxygenated environment.

Any sensible person (even with an average IQ) will understand what I am trying to explain here. But, believe it or not, it is very difficult to bring it to people’s understanding. In fact, I have just hung up the phone with somebody who has been suffering with Spasmodic Dysphonia for 12 years!

The very first thing she had asked me was if I could treat her condition (nevertheless, Spasmodic Dysphonia, however, fairly, in a light form) with the herbal remedies…?

Go figure!

Also, when I had stressed the point (which I am trying to convey in this blog) that I would not be able to guarantee the cure of such a neurological disorder, but however, could guarantee at least 80% to 90% of

speech improvement, she got very discouraged and, on that note, cut our phone conversation short. She was also offered a discounted price (which is in force right now, due to the celebration of our schools 32nd anniversary).

With the price quoted, she nearly had a ‘heart attack’ and hung-up the phone very fast.  One more time again, this person has been suffering with her voice disorder for 12 years…? She, evidently, still has no idea what it would take to improve her speech.

Of course, we wish her all the best and, likewise, to many others; but she, unfortunately, had declined her one and only way to hear her voice sounding (at least somewhat) normal once again.

Now, I would like to give you an example, so that you could understand better with respect to what I mean by treatment and improvement VS complete cure of whichever voice/vocal issue.

Let’s take, for example, the case of the South African Athlete, Oscar Pistorius.

Due to a birth defect, both of his legs got amputated before his first Birthday; and ever since, he has been wearing prosthetics. Nevertheless, with those prosthetics, he became a great athlete and had been winning multiple gold medals (Olympic Games included).

With that said, could anybody in the world give him his legs back (to run and to win)? Needless to say, that would not be possible. But what was possible is to get the best prosthetics and get him highly trained to use those prosthetics as his own legs.

Similarly, it is ultimately the same of what I am preaching and advocating with respect of non-surgical voice repair treatments

To conclude: I may not (in an instant) be able to fully cure your vocal cords growth, as it requires some time (if at all); but I will be able to treat your condition and bring your voice up to a  “high gear” so that, when you speak or sing, nobody will know the difference.

Isn’t that the objective of the above exercise?

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Step 1.

  • Identify the vocal problem itself in order to get your voice back.

Perhaps, you have noticed that your voice (Speaking and/or singing) is not working in the same capacity as it once was. Obviously you are puzzled and concerned. At this point, you have to come to terms that something is not the same and begin to accept that fact.

Step 2.

  • Identify the cause of such occurrence.

Please try to analyze what could have caused your voice problem in the first place. Please try to “rewind” all the possible facts, which could have lead to such an ordeal. You might think of any medical/surgical procedures you might have undergone in the not very distant past. You might think of a ball game you might have attended with your kids, or a concert of your Idol singing.

In this instance, you would possibly be able to recall how excited you were then, during the events, & how loud you were cheering for the performers in the field.

Also, it probably would not hurt to look at your personal relationship with your spouse and your children. Have you been shouting a lot lately? Have you, perhaps, been under a lot of stress at work and/or at home?

All of the above factors (and many others) could easily aid to a voice problem. When you are in the moment, you are not paying attention how loud you speak or scream. The consequences will haunt you later.

Step 3.

  • Do not ‘sugarcoat’ your feelings; rather, embrace it with a grain of sault.

That alone will help you immensely to get your voice back in a fast and efficient manner.

When you start experiencing some changes in your voice, please DO NOT pretend that nothing happened and do not convince yourself that it is just temporary and you will feel better tomorrow. Unfortunately, you might not feel better tomorrow, as the damage has already been done and it will not go away on its own.

It might require some further investigation and medical (or alternative) assistance.

Step 4.

  • Outline your goal for the best possible recovery of your vocal problem and enjoy getting there.

Once you are able to face the fact that you do have a vocal problem, please embrace this fact and outline the goal to get your voice back. It might, not necessarily, be an easy road, but please try to enjoy the process towards achieving your main goal – getting your voice back.

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Vocal Strain means that the voice was misused or abused in more ways then one.

Sometimes, just regular people end up abusing their voices without being aware of doing so. Some of them are speaking a lot and speaking very forcefully; almost screaming instead of speaking.

They do get tired by the end of the day, but in the morning, they start all over again. Also, if their work requires them to speak on the phone all day, or to teach classes/courses, that’s where the vocal strain may occur; (and sometimes, to the point when they may lost their voice completely). Sometimes, the vocal strain could produce some growths (like nodules or polyps) on the vocal cords. That’s where the “alarm should go off”, so to speak.

Now we are talking about the growth on the vocal cords, which, by itself, is a very serious matter. Either surgically, or preferably non-surgically, any growth has to be eliminated. We know the cases where such growth left not to be treated for a while, turn to being cancerous.

As for singers, due to the lack of the proper technique, they could also acquire serious problems onto their vocal anatomy. Outside of provoking a growth on their vocal cords, they could also end up with Muscle Tension Dysphonia, or even Spasmodic Dysphonia. Very often, the vocal cords strained could lead to a vocal disorder such as sulcus vocalis (enlarged gap between the vocal cords). The vocal cords are so strained that they cannot come back to their original state.

Often, the speaker or singer sounds quite hissy and breathy, which is the first symptom of the above aforementioned vocal disorder. To avoid all of those vocal issues, the singers should adapt such technique, which promotes the safety, health and longevity of one’s voice.

The regular people and the professional people who require extensive use of their voices, should be always on guard with respect to how they use their voice; try to speak less and speak not very loud.

If you, the reader, do notice any changes with your speaking and, or singing voice, stop immediately and assess the situation.

Don’t let it go unnoticed. It may lead you to endanger your voice and even to the complete loss of voice.

REMEMBER, YOU will always need your TOOL OF COMMUNICATION!

Please love it and preserve it for life!

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Recently, we had an inquiry from a singer situated in Europe who had been diagnosed with Spasmodic Dysphonia.

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“I was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, and the doctor wanted to give me Botox injections, but I refused because the risk of not being able to sing well afterwards (I am a singer) was too great! So my question is, Can you help me get my voice or a better voice back? Is it possible to get instructions via Skype. I live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands!”

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Below is my answer.

Hi There,

I have to note that it is a little unusual to be diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, when you are a singer. Usually, it happens to people who are not singers, but just regular (or professional) speaking voice users.

But, nevertheless, it is a very serious problem and in conventional sense, cannot be treated, let alone cured. And yes, the only treatment they could offer is the Botox, which in majority of cases, will not work or will work temporarily and for a very short period of time.

In any case, it is not a solution. The problem is clearly mechanical. The mechanics of voice performance has to be put in place, which by itself is an incredibly complicated process.

Needless to say, you will have to be in front of me IN PERSON. There is no other way!!! There is a lot involved, especially with a disorder like this. Your whole body has to be put in balance, and then your vocal anatomy has to be cleaned up and strengthened.

Ultimately, your whole being has to be restructured.

Your vocal box has to be rebuilt and cleansed from such impurities like mucus and gastric acid. Concurrently, your voice has to be lifted off of the vocal box, off of the vocal cords and re-channeled to the alternative muscles (your facial muscles/cavities). Those muscles also have to be strong enough to accept the power of the sound, just like the person who wants to build their body and who needs, for that matter, to have strong cavities where the muscles will be able to come in and stay in.

Those facial muscles will have to be put to work in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, which will play the role of the sound support during the lift and structure. For example: The upper diaphragm muscles will assure the width and the body of the sound, whereas the lower abdomen muscles will be responsible for the height of the sound.

I can assure you that, once lifted; the spasms of the voice will be significantly reduced and eventually eliminated. As you probably already understand while reading the above, that to do it remotely would be out of the question.

I am planning to travel to the UK within the next couple of months to teach and repair voices. It is only about a one-hour flight from you to London. I travel to clients very often and just came back from Dallas, Texas. In 2015, I was working out of the UK a few times. I have been in Amsterdam momentarily and would not also mind to come to you there.

Obviously, it will not be a cheap endeavor. But if you are serious about fixing your speaking and singing voice and learn how to sing professionally with no pain and strain in your vocal anatomy, this is your chance.

However, before committing myself for anything like that, I need to hear your voice over the phone to be sure that I could achieve the results we are both looking for.

So, if the above is OK with you, please e-mail me back and we will schedule a phone call to determine if we could work together.

 

That’s all for now.

Best regards,

Diana Yampolsky B.M. Ed.

World-renowned Voice Repair Specialist

Specializing in Extreme Voice Disorder Cases.

Alternative and holistic approach to voice mechanics.

The Royans Professional Vocal School

Division of The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair

www.vocalscience.com

www.repairyourvoice.com

416-857-8741

077 88 98 9319 while in the UK

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