What is Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD)?
January 4, 2023
| An over-use causing increased tone of the supra-hyoid muscles. It often develops in folks who have to use their voice professionally such as teachers, clergy or anyone who regularly participates in public speaking or singing.|
The symptoms are typically:
-getting a sore throat from talking
-voice cutting out
-difficulty projecting voice
-difficulty hitting high notes when singing
How to prevent Vocal issues including Muscle Tension Dysphonia:
-drink 2-3 liters of water a day
-avoid/reduce caffeine intake
-use caution with using antihistamines as they have a drying effect on the vocal cords, which worsens MTD
-avoid talking over noise or other people
-avoid talking through laryngitis
-use a microphone or other method of projecting your voice if you find talking loudly to be strenuous for your voice
What is the Role of Vocal Physiotherapy?
-improving posture to help voice production, often including scapular strengthening exercises
-breath work to improve use of abdominal breathing when speaking
-vocal muscle release
Scotia’s Cynthia Murphy, PT has a special interest and advanced training in Vocal Physiotherapy.