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Not only a great amount of people are losing voices these days, but also a lot of them are experiencing severe pain in their throats.

Before, we had complaints, primarily from singers; but more and more, just regular people (speakers) are complaining on extreme discomfort in their vocal box in general. 

The singers are usually ruining their vocal anatomy simply for the lack of education and simple knowledge; and thus, lack of the proper vocal technique. They very often end up with laryngitis, i.e., with the hoarse and raspy voice; not to mention an extreme pain in their throats. The singers (also very often) end up with the growth on their vocal cord(s); such as polyps, nodules, cysts and etc.

The regular people who do not take proper care of their voice and (in majority of times) their health in general, usually end up with muscle tension dysphonia or spasmodic dysphonia. Nevertheless, they (of course) are also susceptible to the growth on their vocal cords, but more like papilloma and polyps. They are also very susceptible to lesions in their throats, as well as burnt vocal cords due to the occurrence of acid reflux.

Unfortunately, both speakers and singers are also not exempt from vocal cord(s) paralysis/paresis.


Naturally, there is physical pain (to whichever degree for whichever vocal injury); but also, there is an emotional pain, as both speakers and singers realize that something out of the ordinary is happening to them and their voices. And, especially at the beginning of this ordeal, they feel quite lost, not knowing what to do and where to get help.

Our philosophy at The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair is “All Voice – No pain”!


Once we uncover and discover (in a manner of speaking) the injured voice, we (via special speech exercises, coupled with specially designed body motions) try, at all costs, to release the “trapped” voice from its vocal anatomy “prison”, (so to speak). Especially in the case of Muscle Tension Dysphonia (where neck muscles literally hold the voice in ‘contempt’), the voice, nevertheless, has to be “yanked” out of there, which is (no doubt) easier said then done.

The neck muscles are “truly in love” with the human voice and even when my client and I think that the voice is finally “flying” out of there, it is like a swamp, “calling” it and literally “pulling” it back in.


Sometimes, the recurrence of the above happens multiple times.

Once the voice is finally released from the lower throat and the neck muscles, the pain usually subsides and the sufferer feels a great release; and not only physically, but emotionally as well.

Now the human voice has to find a “new home”  – the facial muscles!

Those facial cavities will become a real saviour for anybody who had voice issues and everybody else who cares about their speaking/singing voice in general. Those (in a sense) sinus cavities will amplify the voice at least quadruple times over its volume; and naturally, will promote a proper articulation and enunciation. However, without the support of the abdominal muscles, the lift of the voice is not possible.

Therefore, the abdominal muscles have to be strengthened to be able to give a proper “launch” for the voice to “soar” to its aimed destination, provided that the sound lands within those facial muscles. At that point, the voice within the newly found facial muscles will be working in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles. The above (in turn) will minimize the use of the throat, larynx and the vocal cords.


To Conclude, there will be “All Gain and No Pain”, i.e., by osmosis, “All Voice and No Pain”, as (at that point) the vocal anatomy will be completely released from the pressure of the sound; and, in addition, nurtured with natural herbal and homeopathic remedies for its complete healing.

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More and more phone calls and e-mails we are getting from people who have undergone related or non-related surgeries and who’s vocal cords and other parts of the vocal anatomy got damaged in the process. Recently, we had a few clients who had undergone thyroid removal (thyroidectomy) and all of them ended up with one of their vocal cords being paralyzed (vocal cord paresis).

damaged-voice

One of our former clients who’s voice I fixed previously, but who (unfortunately, by not following the assigned protocol) ended up with having her papilloma growing, had been convinced by her ENT specialist to undergo not one, but two vocal surgeries. In the end, she ended up with what is called Sulcus Vocalis (vocal gap) and, thankfully, (just mild) Muscle Tension Dysphonia.

And lastly, a few hours ago, we got an e-mail from a professional person who recently undergone a biopsy procedure for her lung disorder. After the obvious intubation, she ended up with a very breathy, unclear and lower positioned voice. She told us that she read our blogs on Vocal Cord Paresis and felt that she now possesses very similar symptoms to what we have described in our publications.

The other day, I got her on the phone and could hardly make out what she was trying to convey to me.

This is a direct quote from her e-mail to us earlier today:
“I may as well end my life as without my voice I am nothing”

How sad is that?

Sad indeed!

Previously, she wrote that she wakes up with hope every morning that her voice is back to its normal state. Unfortunately though, by itself, it is not going to happen!

We however, with absolute certainty, can declare that WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Nevertheless, to rectify the serious voice damage, may take up to 50 hours of our unique voice instruction coupled with the finest herbal and homeopathic remedies to be applied on the wounded and disturbed throat flora.

The above aforementioned remedies will work best when the pressure of the sound is removed from the vocal anatomy. To do so, the one’s voice has to be restructured and practically re-channeled to the set of their facial muscles (sinus cavities). Those facial muscles will play the role of the natural resonator or amplifier for that matter.

However, the whole new vocal mechanism will work in its fullest capacity only when the abdominal muscles will be simultaneously engaged to work with the facial muscles in order to assure the support of the height of the lifted sound as well as the width (the body) of the sound. In this junction, the vocal anatomy would be put to “rest” and thus the healing will begin.

So the mechanics of voice and its application, will be healed, strengthened and reestablished. And, as a result, the vocal anatomy will become sound again!

Thus the mission of Non-SurgicalVoice Repair is accomplished.

In other words: YOUR better voice tomorrow, starts with US today!

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The answer is… if (God forbid) you were involved in a car accident and the body of your car got damaged, you would probably need to go to a body shop…. wouldn’t you?

However, on the other hand, if your engine or transmission were acting up, then you definitely would want to check with a qualified mechanic who, nevertheless, specializes in “car mechanics arts” in a manner of speaking.

One of my prospective clients had been diagnosed with two (nevertheless) voice disorders, which are clearly of a mechanical nature, as one of them is Muscle Tension Dysphonia and the other is named Sulcus Vocalis (unhealthy gap between the vocal cords).

Both of those voice issues are caused by a misuse of the voice i.e., by straining the vocal cords and pushing/pulling the voice out onto the surface; and instead, by default, placing it right into the neck muscles.

Needless to say, during those actions, Muscle Tension Dysphonia had been initiated.

Meanwhile, the strained vocal cords also got tired of being pushed and pulled constantly; and thus, they had been no longer able to ‘snap back together’ and close properly (The Sulcus Vocalis disorder then had taken place and the gap between the vocal cords had been created).

On this note, my prospective client started looking for alternative treatments; one of which happened to be acupuncture. In fact, by the looks of things, the session was performed by a very good and experienced acupuncturist.

My prospective client was very excited, as according to her, right after that, it was much easier for her to speak to her husband and her sun. On this premise, she right away decided that this was the answer to her prayers; and by doing this acupuncture work, her (nevertheless) two mechanical problems, will be fixed…?

In other words, like we said before, if it was about her car with broken parts under the hood, she would go to a body shop and wash, wax and polish that car in hopes that the engine (or whichever other essential parts under the hood) would miraculously be fixed.

Does the above sound realistic to you…my readers?

My answer would be that it is highly illogical, as if any problem of a mechanical nature occurred; the bodywork instead would not help to fix it.

Let’s (for example) take an athlete who, during a marathon, broke his leg.

Yes, indeed, he/she could attend all kinds of alternative treatments such as acupuncture, massage, physiotherapy and etc…

Yes, all of those treatments could ease off the pain and speed up the healing.

But would they be able to assist with putting all the bones, tendons and ligaments together so that the runner could start running again without any surgery, cast or crutches?

My answer would be…very unlikely! In other words, with the help of alternative treatments, the healing probably will also be enhanced, but in no shape or form, it would substitute the mechanical repair of the injured limb…

Similarly, in the case of my prospective client, the acupuncture actually helped to send the energy to the vocal box ‘chakra’; and therefore, the aforementioned person felt an exuberant energy directed to her vocal anatomy; and thus she felt (momentarily) the relief with respect of the use of her voice. Therefore the occurrence of such result is quite understandable and logical.

Would that solve the voice problem in the long run?

The answer is… NOT ON ITS OWN, but it could be a great help to the actual voice mechanics repair!

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For at least the last 25 years, we have been specializing in extreme voice disorders such as:

  • Muscle Tension Dysphonia
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Polyps & Nodules on the vocal cords
  • Cysts & Lesions on the vocal cords and the throat
  • Acid Reflux effecting the vocal box
  •  Laryngitis
  • Sulcus Vocalis (enlarged gap between the vocal folds)
  • Strained Vocal Cords
  • Vocal Cord Paresis
  • Partially Lost Voice

– And that’s just to name a few.

Both regular speaking people and or singers could possess the above-described vocal injuries.

As strange as it sounds, the regular speaking people are taking their injuries much harder then the actual singers.

In fact, in a lot of cases, singers may still have their speaking voices somewhat intact; and therefore, it is not that detrimental for them just to lose their singing voice capacity then for speakers to completely lose their tool for communication. Of course, no matter how you slice it, speakers and singers are both greatly effected by their voice/vocal injury.

The speakers, in a lot of times, feel that their lives are over, as it is difficult for them to communicate. They often begin to learn sign language and/or rely on writing on a white board in order to be heard and understood. Moreover, they are usually, for years, have been trying different speech therapists and vocal coaches; but nevertheless, evidently, always to no avail.

I would like to quote one of our recent Non-Surgical Voice Repair Clients who had said in her Post Course Letter to us:

“It’s such a relief to have someone to go to if I have issues with my voice, as before I felt so alone and had no idea what to do, so many thanks”.

This particular person had suffered with quite significant voice loss, severe pain in the throat, and had to live with the diagnosis of Muscle Tension Dysphonia for 5 years.

This young beautiful adult was suggested to stop speaking for good, go on disability and find a job which does not require any speaking. Before she came to us, she was ready to quit University, prior quitting the high school choir and the part-time job, which had required her to speak with the customers.

Her Mom and her flew to us for over 30 hours to obtain our unique instruction and natural holistic treatment.

By the end of her 50 hour ordeal, not only was she able to speak with clear announced and pronounced voice (as her mom qualified as a radio voice), but she was also able to embark upon my regular singing exercises (designed for singers with no vocal damage) and a piece of the song “Can’t help Falling In Love” by Elvis.

That was our Triumph!!

No doubts this beautiful girl regained her speaking and even (partially) her singing voice (partially only due to the lack of time), and has already begun to reclaim her life back and will continue to do so for days to come. As far as we are concerned, one more life had been salvaged and reclaimed with very hard work – but with a very high reward in the end.

“Although it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and there were many obstacles along the way, I completed 50 hours with Diana because in the end it was worth it.“

Elle Rider of New Zealand

On that note, we would say – Way to go Girl!

The Best is Yet to Come!

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Does anybody know…?

Does anybody care for that matter…?

Vocal Science… The Best or…Nothing.

 

Quite often, people who require voice repair have some other health problems to start with. These health problems could be a trigger to voice loss, or any kind of voice issues.

Sadly enough, our Canadian singer Gord Downie has recently been diagnosed with Terminal Brain Cancer; and peculiarly enough, the tumor is apparently located near the speech center of his brain…

I am not a doctor; though it makes me wonder weather or not his not exactly adequate singing (in my subjective professional opinion) and, understandably, a lifestyle of a rocker (which usually comes with the territory), has anything to do with it?

This is just speculation on the matter, but it probably has some merit.

Let’s also examine a very serious disorder called Spasmodic Dysphonia:

I personally call it “Vocal Epilepsy”, as the voice of the sufferer spasms uncontrollably. The disease, in its nature, is neurological. It, quite likely, could be environmental. However, viruses such as Strep Throat, for example, could also trigger it. It happens a lot to people who, in their nature, are very emotional; also to those who speak very fast and very loud and whose lifestyles are very poor.

So between the environmental causes, air-born viruses and smocking, drinking and drug use, spasmodic dysphonia could easily occur.

Last year, I got an email from a person who was originally diagnosed with Muscle Tension Dysphonia. With this type of Dysphonia, the sufferers’ voice gets trapped in their neck muscles. That usually happens to speakers and singers.

That type of dysphonia is very rarely induced by viruses or environmental causes. It simply occurs due to misuse and abuse of one’s voice (speaking or singing). If left untreated, it may easily turn into Spasmodic Dysphonia.

The person who wrote to me last year revealed that she has now been diagnosed with Spasmodic Dysphonia. Speaking with that person on the phone, I had determined that I possibly could have improved her condition to a degree, but definitely would not be able to cure it. In fact, such a disorder as Spasmodic Dysphonia is generally considered un-curable. However, if it’s still in a mild form (stage one or two) it could be treated to a near-full recovery. So, in the case of the person first diagnosed with Muscle Tension Dysphonia a year prior, the Spasmodic Dysphonia disorder could have been prevented if the former was timely treated.

There is another category of people who, instead of expressing their emotions out loud, just simply suppress them. In the holistic teaching, the thyroid (the gland/cartilage in the neck that secretes hormones regulating growth and development) represents suppressed emotions and hurts.  If those emotions are suppressed for too long, the voice gradually begins to drown to the lower throat, then to the chest and could practically “die”  at the person’s gut, so to speak.

All of that brings us to a “full picture” which points out to a complete imbalance within.

So all of this means that if the person is too loud and too emotional, he or she could easily experience voice loss.

On the other hand, if the emotions are suppressed, the person could also easily lose their voice.

Moreover, in both cases, they could acquire such disorders like Muscle Tension Dysphonia or even Spasmodic Dysphonia. Partial loss of speech could also be a symptom of a pre-stroke condition, or even a Lou Gehrig’s decease (ALS).

To conclude: All of this is obviously not a joke; and the moral of the latter is that you should keep yourself in perfect balance. That will prevent you from all kinds of health problems; especially those that could lead to serious voice issues.

Best of voice and best of health in general to all of you!

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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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There have been more and more requests I have been getting about how to obtain herbal and homeopathic remedies, which (preferably, in an instant) will “fix the voice”. Majority of the voice problem sufferers were told by their ENT specialists that they have acid reflux or some form of muscle tension dysphonia.

In some cases, they were right. But in some cases, they were completely incorrect. But even if they were correct, they still had nothing to offer to their distraught and disillusioned patients.

The patients, of course, were prescribed some medications like Gaviscon or Zentax, (not to mention medications for relaxation..?), but after a while of taking the prescribed medications, their vocal (and now, even emotional and psychological problem) still remained the same or had become even worse.

After a year or two of this ordeal, they have gotten quite disappointed and discouraged by the incompetence of their medical professionals. However, even after all of this, the voice sufferers were still unable to understand that, in majority of cases, their voice/vocal problem had been, more so, a mechanical issue; therefore, no pills, (including the “magic” ones), would not be able to help in that ordeal.

However, if the mechanical part of the voice function is taking care of, the specific kind of natural herbs and homeopathic remedies will play a very essential role in voice restoration and recovery.

In a nutshell, if the voice is lifted off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords, the bottom of the vocal anatomy is now released from the pressure of the sound and is then free to receive proper remedies which will clear out the bottom of the vocal box (lower throat) from all of the impurities such as acid, mucus and whatnot. So the “instrument” via herbs and homeopathic remedies, is now cleaned up and “tuned-up”, so to speak.

Now it is up to the “player” to remember not to misuse and abuse the vocal anatomy, but maintain the proper voice/vocal technique, which is much more efficient and safe, when the sound is approached from the facial muscles’ cavities, which now have begun to work in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, amplifying the sound 4 times over and minimizing (and practically eliminating), the use of the throat, larynx and vocal cords.

If the same herbs and homeopathic remedies are taken without this type of instruction, (which suggests the latter voice application), those remedies could, at best, reduce some symptoms, but never will cure the problem. The reduction of symptoms could fool a lot of people, as now they are happy because their pain is, somewhat, eased-off and they are under the impression that all of their voice/vocal problems are behind them.

Therefore, we never recommend starting taking herbs in advance of our non-surgical voice repair courses. It is also, in a very unlikely occurrence, those natural remedies could set up a minor flu-like reaction.

Therefore, we prefer that our non-surgical voice repair clients would start taking those herbs in our presence, so we could supervise and educate our clients about those remedies; the dosages of taking them and also the time and compatibility of certain remedies intake.

We even include the actual herbal kit in our tuition fees, as we are treating these “gifts from God” herbal products as a very valuable supplement to our very invaluable unique vocal instruction.

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