Voice therapy involves a patient-centered treatment method to modify behaviors that contribute to voice disorders or in some other way limit normal voice use.
The two major ways to change vocal behaviors are:
- Rigorous application of vocal wellness principles.
- A series of therapeutic techniques specifically designed to change the way the vocal folds vibrate and how the vocal tract resonates.
Voice therapy exercises include:
- Postural adjustments
- Specific neck and throat relaxation exercises
- Exercises to mobilize the muscles of the lips, tongue, and jaw
- Flow phonation
- Resonant voice
To establish the necessary behavioral changes for correcting your voice disorder, you will need to attend voice therapy sessions once a week for the first few weeks of treatment.
At the UPMC Voice Center, we can often treat common voice disorders — such as vocal nodules or muscle tension dysphonia — in just four to eight sessions.