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Harnessing the Power of Manual Therapy for Voice



Are you seeking a holistic approach to improve your voice and speech? At True Self Speech Therapy, we integrate a unique and effective treatment method called Manual Therapy to help individuals enhance their vocal abilities and overcome voice-related challenges.


Manual Therapy, often referred to as Vocal Manual Therapy (VMT), is a specialized technique focused on improving voice function through hands-on manipulation and massage of specific anatomical areas involved in vocal production. A recent research article by Lydia Flock & Stephen R. King (cited below), highlighted the significance of VMT in addressing voice problems and maintaining vocal health.


The article emphasizes that VMT involves using fingers and hands to target areas such as the larynx, throat, jaw, neck and surrounding regions. It underscores the diversity in VMT protocols and theoretical orientations within the practice, reflecting the need for a standardized approach grounded in evidence-based practices.


Benefits of Manual Therapy in Voice Improvement

VMT has shown promising results in addressing various voice-related issues, including muscle tension dysphonia, laryngopharyngeal reflux and unilateral vocal fold paralysis. Furthermore, it's not solely limited to treating specific voice problems, as studies suggest its potential in promoting and maintaining overall vocal health.


Understanding the Applications

What sets Manual Therapuy apart is its versatility and personalized approach. Each session is tailored to meet individual needs, addressing specific areas related to voice production and focusing on techniques that help alleviate tension and dysfunction. The research underlines several key differences observed in VMT protocols, such as the incorporation of vocalization during therapy, varied administration methods, utilization of self-guided techniques and targeting less-direct regions involved in voice use.


Empowering Your Voice

At True Self Speech Therapy, we integrate Manual Therapy as a key component of our comprehensive treatment approach. Anne has studied under Walt Fritz in order to specialize in tailoring VMT sessions to suit your unique voice needs, whether you're aiming to improve vocal quality, address specific voice challenges, or maintain a healthy voice. Manual Therapy offers a hands-on and personalized method that complements traditional speech therapy, empowering you to unlock the full potential of your voice. If you're ready to embark on a journey towards vocal emhancement and overal speech improvement, we are here to guide you.


Lydia Flock & Stephen R. King (2023) A Manual Therapy in Need of a Manual: Conceptualizing and Comparing Existing Vocal Massage Protocols and Their Use in the Treatment of Voice Problems, Voice and Speech Review, DOI: 10.1080/23268263.2023.2262181

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