Vocal Physiotherapy

by | Apr 30, 2019

What is Vocal Physiotherapy?

Vocal Physiotherapy incorporates the treatment of the myofascia, musculature and cartilaginous structures of the larynx and surrounding region (perilaryngeal regon) to achieve the most efficient vocal fold vibration and voice production. In doing so vocal physiotherapy acts to break the neuromuscular cycle to enhance the performance of the voice & to alleviate the pathological voice.

In simplistic terms, the larynx consists of joints, cartilage, ligaments and musculature. Injury or overuse of these structures can result in pain and dysfunction. Vocal Physiotherapy is the assessment, treatment & neuromuscular retraining of injuries that are related to the larynx.

Treatment and assessment is individualised to reflect the individuality of voice production, vocal demands and goals. Physiotherapy treatment of the voice has a team approach and often includes working with speech pathologists and an ENT.

Treatment & assessment may include the following areas:

  • Posture
  • Cervical spine (neck)
  • Scapular kinematics
  • Breathing patterns

Here at Innovations Sports Physiotherapy we work in a multidisciplinary team, which consists of ENT specialists, speech pathologists and vocal coaches to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.


Who is Vocal Physiotherapy for?

Vocal Physiotherapy is for all voice users, including amateurs, professional users and those with vocal issues. It is commonly most beneficial for people who experience voice quality issues (increased with vocalisation), pain with vocalisation, tongue tension and throat pain of muscular origin.

Professional voice users include anyone who uses their voice for work such as teachers, barristers, singers, announcers, and musical theatre performers. This group often experiences vocal fatigue due to the nature of their profession and often presents to maintain their laryngeal mobility and tissue health.

Common issues appropriate for Vocal Physiotherapy includes:

  • Neck or jaw tension when singing or talking
  • High load of voice use
  • “Tongue root tension” in singing
  • Dysphonia
  • Globus Pharyngeus
  • Hyoid syndrome
  • Orofascial pain