Our Vocal Massage treatments have become synonymous with the words “Pain Free” because of our evidence based approach to this interaction. Each Vocal Massage is as important to us as it is to you, with your safety and comfort, as well as results, at the heart of every treatment. The Vocal Massage treatments we deliver in Central London are unique yet powerful, and all delivered by voice specialists who truly understand what it is to be a professional voice user.
Vocal Massage / Manual Therapy
What is Vocal Massage/ Manual Therapy?
Vocal Massage (or Manual Therapy) is a non denominational treatment process comprising of Manual Maxillofacial Therapy, Clinical Massage, Myofascial Release techniques, Stretches, Medical Acupuncture and even Low Level Laser Therapy.
Any manual therapy in or around the area of the throat should NEVER hurt, and by the specialised and reviewed definition below, there can never be “good pain”.
“[Pain is] an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage” – International Association of the Study of Pain 2020
If you are experiencing pain, discomfort or dysfunction with your voice, jaw or throat, adding more unpleasant sensory or emotional experiences to it is counterintuitive and potentially risks further damage or practitioner reliance.
What can Vocal Massage/ Manual Therapy help with?
- Globus Pharyngeus / Globus Hystericus a sense of a ‘lump’ in the throat
- Loss of range or smooth transitions between vocal registers
- Freeing up the belt voice quality
- Difficulty swallowing or swallowing disorders
- Muscle Tension Dysphonia
- Jaw and tongue root tension
Evidence informed, patient centred approach
Vocal Massage can be used as part of the treatment of rehabilitation for vocal pathology, this can be from any dysfunction such as Muscle Tension Dysphonia/ functional dysphonia, or even Nodules (but working with vocal fold pathologies must see a multidisciplinary team in place), so we would be then working alongside your Speech Therapist and Vocal Rehabilitation Coach.
Because our Vocal Massage has an evidence based approach to the treatment, we don’t need to pound and grip and bruise the muscles on which we are working, instead our integrated MFR has the lightest pressure of any soft tissue bodywork. Every treatment, with any therapist on the team uses a Myofascial approach to help the body change, relax and heal by putting the body into a rest and digest, Vagal state. It’s no secret that the Voice Care Centre has some of the most advanced Myofascial Release (MFR)
practitioners in the UK, and with our own literature based research into this field specifically relating to voice, we take this level of expertise to a new level.
The client centred approach to treatment was pioneered by a Physiotherapist in New York called Walt Fritz, who Stephen can be seen talking with at the video below when Walt journeyed to London in March 2019.