Voice therapy is similar to physical therapy,but for the muscles that produce your voice.
What Do Voice Therapists Do?
Voice Therapists provide evaluations to look at your vocal folds. They look at how your voice muscles move. If your vocal folds are weak, you will be given strengthening exercises. If your voice box or larynx is tight you will be given exercises to relax the neck and larynx. You will likely be given breathing exercises, information on vocal hygiene and vocal flexibility exercises. As you progress in your therapy your exercises will change. Reassessment takes place often as well as meeting as a team with your therapist and the physician who ensures your recovery.
When Should I See A Voice Therapist?
You should see an Ear Nose and Throat physician if you’ve experienced hoarseness or any other change in the voice that lasts longer than 3 weeks. From there they will treat you and refer you to a voice or speech therapist.
What Should I Expect When I See a Voice Therapist?
When you see a certified speech pathologist who specializes in the care of the voice your vocal folds may be viewed by a rigid scope placed in your mouth. The speech pathologist will take pictures of your vocal folds and review them with your ENT physician. An individualized therapy plan will then be developed for you.
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