Vocal Physiotherapy – What Is It?

Blogs, / By Winsen Citra

Vocal physiotherapy is, as the name suggests, a physiotherapy treatment for your voice! This is a specialised treatment for people who use their voice a lot in their profession such as singers, lecturers/teachers, announcers, and many more..

Why Vocal Physiotherapy

Vocal production is something that is affected by multiple factors. It is not only the vibration of your vocal chords. It is the coordination of your breathing, posture, and muscle activation. As such if any of these is out of sync, then you may have some problems with your vocal production. In some cases, it may even lead to you overstraining and causing a condition called muscle tension dysphonia.

You may be a good candidate for vocal physiotherapy if you suffer from symptoms such as a loss of range, breathy voice, feeling of tighness and fatigue when voicing.

What does it involve

Your physiotherapist will assess you on several things. Commonly assessed are:

  • laryngeal mobility
  • neck, shoulder, hip, and lower back postures
  • jaw symmetry and stiffness
  • tightness in laryngeal, neck, and shoulder muscles
  • breathing pattern and muscle activation during vocal production
  • core muscle strength
What is the treatment?

Vocal physiotherapy will typically involve correction of postures, treatment of myofascial, muscular, and cartilaginous structures of the larynx. We also try to ensure that optimal support patterns are being employed during vocalisation.

Do note that this is not the same as vocal coaching. Treatment is usually done in collaboration with your own vocal coaches or ENT specialist. This is especially true if you have been diagnosed with dysphonia.

We hope this has been useful for you. Find out more useful exercises by checking out our instagram page. If you think that you need an assessment or a session of vocal physiotherapy, feel free to contact us and book an appointment.

Winsen Citra
Principal Physiotherapist

Winsen graduated from University of Melbourne in 2012. He worked in organisations of various sizes such as Singapore General Hospital, Pain Relief Practice, and Physioclinic before working at Elevate Physiotherapy. He specialises in sports and musculoskeletal injuries and has worked with athletes of various sports such as fencing, dancing, dragon boating, and cycling.

In his spare time he enjoys singing and playing chess.