Just like any other part of your body, your vocal cords can become injured. Last week, we discussed two common vocal cord injuries that result from vocal misuse: nodules and polyps. Although these conditions are diagnosed by a medical doctor, patients are typically referred to a speech-language pathologist for vocal therapy to improve vocal quality and decrease risk of further injury. How can a speech-language pathologist help your voice?
Take a deep breath: Good vocal habits start with proper breath support. A speech-language pathologist can help you learn how to breathe correctly to get the maximum amount of air and control flow as you speak. By supporting your voice through proper breathing, you reduce tension in your vocal folds.
Relax: Muscle tension can also create strain and pressure on the vocal cords. A speech therapist will provide exercises to reduce tension in the neck and throat to relax muscles and decrease stress on the vocal cords. They can also identify habits such as throat clearing or lack of hydration that can negatively impact vocal quality.
Change Your Environment: Often vocal stress is created from a particular environment that encourages vocal abuse. For example, a teacher may constantly have to raise their voice to quiet their students and make sure they’re heard. A speech-pathologist will help brainstorm ways to reduce vocal stress in challenging environments, for instance, by using a voice amplification system or using a non-vocal means of getting attention.
For information on our New York based Speech-Language Pathology services, please call Speech Associates of New York today at (212)308-7725 or visit our website at http://www.speechassociatesofny.com and find out how our team of professionally trained and certified speech-language pathologists can help!
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