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Therapy for helping with voice problems

Voice problems often show up already among young singers during training when vocal technique is inadequate and too much strain is put upon the voice. But, even with well-known singers, poor technique or strain over the years can slowly become worse without it being noticed or recognised and can thus lead to serious voice problems.

Generally habitual excessive tensions and compensating behavioural patterns persist long after the acute pathological problem has been removed. Quite often
the singer is not aware that these compensating habits have become entrenched.

Nodes on the vocal cords at an early stage as well as functional disorders of the singing voice respond to therapy if they are recognised early enough. But even when vocal cord surgery becomes necessary, complementary therapy is useful.

For some years in my practice I have been dealing mainly with voice problems of professional singers that have come about in the above way. Depending on how advanced the symptoms of the vocal disorders are, as both teacher and therapist, I treat these people when they have this kind of problem. The parallel treatment of the speaking voice and using it in an economical way can also be an important part of voice therapy.

I look after singers who need vocal cord surgery both before and after microsurgery. In such cases it is important to slowly build up the voice again, to re-establish or stabilise the correct functioning, and to get rid of any undesirable compensating habits and irregularities.