Nontraditional tools helpful in the treatment of certain types of voice disturbances

Author: Emerich KA
Affiliation: National Center for Voice and Speech, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa Street, Denver, CO 80204, USA.
Conference/Journal: Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg
Date published: 2003
Other: Volume ID: 11 , Issue ID: 3 , Pages: 149-53 , Word Count: 117

Voice therapy has evolved considerably over the past decade. Our field has learned to draw from other disciplines to help facilitate the restoration of vocal function by implementing a more holistic approach and utilizing principles of motor learning to create our therapy programs. Clinicians have learned to recognize that the voice is more than just the larynx. Rather, it is a whole body system, and breakdowns in systems throughout the body can be responsible for vocal disturbances. This review will cover the nontraditional approaches that aid in treating certain voice disorders that often are not discussed in textbooks or classrooms. Facilitating techniques include principles from singing and acting voice production, Feldenkrais, Alexander technique, Qigong, and circumlaryngeal massage.