What is Vocal Unloading?

Our voice is produced by the coordination of vocal cord vibrations, muscle tone, and control around the larynx/voice box, neck alignment, ribcage mobility, and the power of the breath.  In combination with the anatomy of the larynx, there is an inter-relationship and dependency of the voice on the rest of the body.  The treatment method of vocal unloading assesses all related factors, not only in the laryngeal and perilaryngeal region, but also includes a holistic assessment of the posture of the head, neck, lumbopelvic region, cervical spine, temporomandibular area, scapular area, and breathing patterns. 


Who could benefit from Vocal Unloading Therapy?

Vocal unloading is beneficial for anyone with voice dysfunction, whether that is voice quality issues, vocal fatigue, tension of the tongue when speaking or singing, or pain in the throat, jaw, or tongue that may be muscular in nature.  This therapy is beneficial for both professional and amateur voice users.

Professional voice uses can include anyone who uses their voice at work, like teachers, actors, singers, chefs, lawyers, radio announcers or anyone who uses their voice throughout the day.  These patients may seek to improve the quality of their voice or decrease vocal fatigue or pain.  Therapy is approached as a team with the referring ENT or speech therapist. 


Common issues appropriate for Vocal Unloading:

  • Tension of the neck or jaw when singing or talking

  • Jaw Pain/Facial Pain

  • Vocal overload/fatigue

  • “Tongue root tension” in singing

  • Dysphonia (including Muscle Tension Dysphonia & Dysphonia from various causes)

  • Throat pain/pain with swallowing

  • Hyoid Syndrome

  • Post-microlaryngoscopy


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