Voice physiotherapy is the manual therapy treatment of the laryngeal mechanism and the structures that surround it with the aim of decreasing muscle tension and allowing for more efficient laryngeal movement. Voice physiotherapy helps by reducing tension to the laryngeal and perilarygeal structures, this allows the vocal folds are able to vibrate without resistance and effort.

Illustration of a human larynx.

Voice physiotherapy has been shown to help with Muscle tension dysphonia (Tomlinson & Archer 2014, Ruben et al 2007, Van Lierde et al 2010). A common disorder of the voice where there is excessive muscle recruitment which results in incorrect vibratory patterns of the vocal folds and altered voice production.

What symptoms do people report with MTD?

  • Altered vocal quality
  • increased vocal effort
  • vocal fatigue
  • pain
  • elevated hyoid bone and thyroid cartilage

Voice physiotherapy sessions may involve:

  • soft tissue and myofascial releases
  • trigger point therapy
  • laryngeal mobilsations
  • cervical spine mobilisations
  • TMJ management
  • soft palate release
  • diaphragm release
  • shoulder girdle management