Speech therapy for Adults and Professionals

Having nodule (calus) to vocal cords or vocal intensity

Causes that create calus and vocal intensity:

zipperIntensity of the vocal cords and nodules are caused by stress and tension in the vocal mechanism, the larynx, where sensitive vocal cords are placed. This is generally referred to as a ''voice'' abuse. It may include abuse of the vocal cords which may be due to incessant speech, song, whispering, coughing, crying, intense sneezing, intense laughter, shouting, imitating other voices, sound effects with our voice (to make the bad wolf when we read a fairy tale for children).

Each of these causes can cause nodules on vocal cords if the speaker is unwell, or if he is under stressful situations, or he is tired or even sad. Also, he might work long hours and have very little time to rest or he may be located in a highly transitional period of change (divorce, return to work, ''syndrome of empty nest", moving house, or even hormonal changes). To these factors can be added and others having to do with physical condition, such as misuse of breath, poor nutrition, lack of physical exercise, depression, interpersonal problems as other factors may also contribute to poor use of the vocal cords. All these factors strengthened the case that the speaker must speak under difficult conditions such as in auditoriums, rooms with poor acoustics or inadequate sound systems, or parts where there is too much smoke because of cigarettes or chalk or oil fumes or pollution; also in places with a lot of noise (region close to busy roads or railway lines). Another difficulty is for professionals who are active outdoors, such as physical education teachers, coaches.

Definitely a big role in how a speaker works plays the audience. For example, many teachers in order to calm and restore order in their students do a lot of great abuse of the vocal chords. Since the problem in the vocal chords has started up, many are those who resort to medicinal candies, or a gargle, and in some cases to antihistamine. These can often mislead us from the real reason that caused the problem, which is no other than the misuse of our vocal chords, which can be overcome only after an appropriate speech therapy. After all, many problems with vocal cords would not be developed if these professionals knew how to relax and to look after them. Since voice is a very important tool for some professions such as the teacher, the trainer, the singer, the priest, the lawyer and many others.

Removing the vocal nodules

Realistically, most people cannot stop their work to cure their vocal cords. Total aphonia (ie the process by which we don't use our vocal chords) is necessary only to people who cannot mitigate the intensity of voice. Some people struggle more to talk a little than to just not speak at all. Nevertheless partial aphonia, in order to avoid further damage to vocal cords is always legitimate. This is because the calluses on vocal cords can be eliminated with the proper use of voice.

Some methods that are adopted to protect the vocal cords are the following:

A. Partial relaxation of vocal cords
This includes partial relaxation of the vocal cords where for a period of 4 to 7 days you will not use your voice for more than 15 minutes per day. Usually this method is good to follow in conjunction with the supervision of a speech therapist and the advantages and disadvantages vary from person to person.

B. Reducing the use of voice and be given the appropriate information.
This can be achieved by making you become concise when communicating, while avoiding to speak by raising your voice, to carry out short phone calls, and to preclude the use of the voice cords without any intention to speak (by making sounds and sound effects, pretend that you clean your throat, to cough unnecessarily and other habits).

C. To warm up the vocal cords.
Before using the voice for professional reasons either for speaking or to sing, it is good to precede a brief period of mild warm-up exercises and vocal exercises. These techniques help to ''enter'' into the voice, to feel relaxed and feel able to produce sound. Think about how important it can be for your job to save power voice!

D. Avoiding stressful environments and situations.
dreamstime 10041078Avoid or modify both internal (physical or psychological) and external (environmental) factors that may affect the functioning of the vocal cords. If you cannot avoid them all together at the same time, it is good to arrange to have frequent breaks during vocalization. If the working environment is very large such as parking, try to create a smaller space in it. Remember also that a large area creates difficulty for the listener, too. Also, it is good to have water with you while talking and do massage vocal cords if you feel pressure on your vocal cords.

E. Improving overall health.
Do not push yourself when you feel unwell or emotionally. Dehydration, fatigue and other conditions that have to do with general health can affect the vocal cords by not being properly lubricated during vocalization. A good mental and physical health, regular exercise and adequate rest are the key for a quality status of your vocal chords. Try not to push yourself to perform effectively when you feel it is not feasible.

F. Annulling minor obligations.
This is important when you feel a cold, coughing or face an allergen statement. The possibility of creating problem or aggravating an existing one is much higher in such situations. So, generally it is good to avoid abuse you voice cords when it is not needed.

All these are some tips that will definitely help in better functioning of your vocal chords.

caedmonscall thankfulAnadrassi has a section for Adult Speech Therapy, for professionals or not, that need specialized assistance in the use of their vocal cords.

Using correct technique tonic listening, not only you gain the attention of your interlocutor but also:

  • You get a good breath
  • You talk slower
  • You learn to speak the words more clearly
  • You get the sharpness that suits your vocal cords
  • The intensity of your voice is not difficult for you.
  • You use changes in the color of your voice and not in the intensity in order to emphasize something.
  • You avoid monotone speaking

Ensure that your muscles are relaxed during vocalization

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