More and more people are calling to our professional vocal school and its division, The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair, and addressing a very unpleasant problem acid reflux, which not only is affecting their internal gastric anatomy, but also affecting their voice.
Some of them are singers, but a lot of them are just ordinary people, whose speech was affected by the nasty symptoms, which literally burn and inflame their vocal cords. Their throat flora gets disturbed and the vocal cords in a lot of times become thicker making its surface feel like sandpaper.
The recent client with the above-described symptoms revealed that she was ordered a gastric intestinal operation to close valve, which was producing the excess acid, which in turn, was shooting to her vocal anatomy.
Her question to me was, œif I do this operation, do I still need to fix my voice?
I watch a lot of shows related to the hospital theme. Therefore, I gave her an analogy of the trauma patient admitted in the emergency room with multiple injuries. Let's say, God forbid, the patient arrived with a neurological trauma, internal bleeding, broken limbs and a heart problem.
Would there be only one doctor operating on the patient? Needless to say, that would be quite ridiculous to assume that.
In the above described case, there will be required several specialists i.e., brain surgeon, internal medicine specialist, orthopedic doctor and a cardiologist. Therefore, I had to convey my message to my future client with the explanation that I will be taking care of her vocal anatomy, which is already quite bruised by the excess of gastric acid and the wrong application of the speaking voice, which in her case, is coming out from the throat and the neck muscles.
The latter is very dangerous by itself, as by pushing her voice from the wrong set of muscles, she might easily acquire a muscle tension dysphonia. In that case then, she will be pushing her voice until she will not be able to push it any longer, as it would become trapped in the neck muscles.
That, in turn, will most likely produce fibromyalgia and some other nasty symptoms and deceases.
So, in the case of my future client, not only physically and structurally I need to fix the vocal anatomy, but I also will have to teach her how to speak through her facial muscles, working in conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, so this voice problem would not occur ever again. While concurrently fixing the above described, the natural herbs and remedies applied to the vocal box, will be taken internally and simultaneously helping with the reduction of the gastric acid as well.
Does it negate the operation, you, my reader, may ask? In this case, probably not, as now, the internal medicine surgeon has to fix the valve, the non-closure of which produced the problem in the first place.
My future client works for the board of education and speaks a lot and even, sometimes, sings.
So maybe, in a way, it has been some kind of a blessing, as, by default, my client will learn how to speak and sing better and thus, it will save and protect her voice for life.