It is known that the body comes equipped with five separate sensory inputs to interpret the world’s communication: sight, sound, hearing, taste and touch. Some claim a sixth, intuitive sense, but five is sufficient to concede the human diversity to receive information. To express it, however, is more limited: verbal language, written language (and included in that realm is the conveyance of all media: painting, sculpture, music, etc) and body language, including gestures of specific and vague meaning.
With the five sensory inputs, if one is lost, often others intensify to compensate to a degree. But if one of the expressive outputs is lost, the options are reduced and none are necessarily enhanced. Since voice is the most often used and the most expressive, the prevention of voice disorders becomes a critical factor in personal wellbeing.
There are several factors of preventive measures to protect the voice against disorders. First on the list, because it affects all other body functions for wellbeing and good health, is a proper diet consisting of a daily regimen of whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts, meat products (fish and seafood, chicken and red meat in lesser consumption), selective, typically low-fat dairy products, and healthy fluids (primarily water, but fruit and vegetable juices, with limited or no alcohol, caffeinated and soft drinks).
Voice and breathing training and maintenance exercises will make certain that the voice is using air properly and to its best benefit. The movement of air is the basis of voice. If it is moved from the lungs through the mouth inefficiently, the prevention of voice disorders will be detrimentally affected. There are suggested breathing and vocalisation exercises and proper voice warm-up techniques prior to performing which are specifically geared toward preparing the voice to meet the demands asked of it. Other physical exercises with help maintain overall wellbeing.
Avoid using a harsh, loud and strained voice. The production of voice is made possible by delicate organs and tissue which are all susceptible to easy abuse. The damage may be temporary with simple and quick remedies, but repeated abuse without proper strengthening and conditioning will allow more serious disorders to develop that are more difficult to treat.
If the prevention of voice disorders is the goal, attention to these details will allow continued voice health.
If you have questions about voice disorders or speech therapy contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. We see adults and children for speech and language therapy. Contact us today!