Voice Disorders

Voice Disorders

Therapy Care in Batavia provides therapy specifically tailored to each child’s voicing needs. They can help decrease issues patients have with their voice including vocal quality

If your child is experiencing a voice disorder, rest assured that Therapy Care’s extensive therapeutic services can help provide guidance and relief. Contact our office in Batavia today to learn more.

Types of Voice Disorders

Speech and voice disorders are more common than one might think. They can develop over time or as the result of an injury or neurological condition, and they occur when voice quality, pitch, and loudness differ or are inappropriate for an individual’s age, gender, or other factors. According to ASHA, the four types of voice disorders are organicstructuralneurogenic, and functional.

The following list details some of the most common voice disorders.

  • Polyps, nodules or cysts on the vocal cords.
  • Laryngeal Trauma. This occurs as a result of either the misuse/abuse of the voice or trauma to the regions of the neck.
  • Congenital Dysphonia. A condition resulting from masses or lesions or structural abnormality to the vocal folds or surrounding areas.
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia. This is when vocal folds are open or closed too much, affecting the vibration pattern for speaking. Patients have a strained or “squeezed” quality. It occurs when a person makes an effort to gain loudness.
  • Neurogenic Dysphonia. Resulting from nerve lesions or disease to the vocal folds or surrounding areas,
  • Laryngectomy. Total or partial removal of the larynx.

Signs & symptoms of voice disorders

The following list details some of the most common symptoms of voice disorders. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s best to see a Therapy Care speech therapist in Batavia so your child can be properly assessed.

  • Roughness or breathiness when speaking
  • Strained or strangled quality of voice
  • Pitch is too high/low
  • Inconsistent or unsteady loudness
  • Weak sounding voice, trouble raising volume
  • Voice sounds “wet” when speaking
  • Voice sounds raspy or hoarse when speaking
  • Voice sounds shrill or shaky when speaking
  • Loss of voice (aphonia)

Speech therapy at Therapy Care can help

Here at Therapy Care, our experienced therapists are skilled in many different areas regarding speech and voice disorders. If your child is struggling with a voice disorder, a highly trained Therapy Care therapist can analyze areas of posture, breath support, pitch, rate, volume, rate, and resonance. They will create a customized voice retraining program specific to your child’s condition, that will address various issues with their vocal cords and related areas.

Therapy Care in Batavia provides specialized therapeutic intervention, tailored to an individual’s speech, voice, or language needs. These interventions may include: advanced oral-motor treatments, neuromuscular reeducation, functional computer retraining, intensive voice programs and traditional speech therapy techniques.

Voice disorders can cause drops in self-esteem and also negatively affect a person’s confidence. Do you believe your child has a voice disorder that needs immediate attention? Rest assured, your child is in good hands in our clinic. Contact Therapy Care today to schedule your child’s consultation in Batavia.

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    Few things are worse than having constant pain in your neck, back, or joints in the morning. Even the easiest things, such as get out of bed or putting on your shoes, can be difficult for those struggling with morning aches and pains.

    Did you know you can improve the function of these parts of your body in the morning with the aid of a physical therapist? Physical therapists can provide you with exercises and stretches to alleviate pain and discomfort. They also help recover the normal range of movement and reduce pain and inflammation.

    To learn more about how a physical therapist can help you achieve the positive start you’re looking for in the morning, keep reading! If you’re dealing with aches and pains, contact Therapy Care to schedule a consultation ASAP.

    The importance of stretching

    Stretching is an important part of one’s daily routine, whether you’re exercising or not. Modern-day life involves a lot of sitting down, from our jobs to our hobbies. Over time, this can lead to tightness and shortening of muscles in areas of the body like the hip flexors, shoulders, chest, and ankles.

    Stretching increases your blood circulation. Muscles require sufficient oxygen and nutrients in order to perform well. Stretching ramps up blood flow and transports oxygen and nutrients.

    Performing daily stretches also heightens your energy levels due to the increased circulation it brings. Learning to stretch properly will lead you to a more active lifestyle. In fact, according to results of a new systematic review, moderate-grade evidence seems to support strengthening and stretching exercises to help ease chronic neck pain.

    Top 3 stretches to feel better in the morning

    Stretching isn’t only for warming up or cooling down when you’re working out at the gym. The purpose of stretching is to get your body feeling limbered up and flexible. If you go about your whole day feeling stiff, of course you’re going to feel achy and awful when you wake up!

    By committing to a few simple morning stretches each day, you can help to keep your body feeling limber and reduce pain in between your regular physical therapy appointments. Some of the best stretches to use early in your day include:

    Low Back Stretch

    Are you dealing with recurring low back pain in the mornings? Then this simple physical therapy stretch can provide you with a great deal of relief.

    Start by laying down on your back, bending your knees, and keeping your feet flat on the floor.

    Use both hands to pull up one knee towards your chest, while keeping the other foot flat on the floor.

    Next, bring your active leg back to the starting position and repeat the stretch with the opposite leg. Keeping the other foot flat on the floor. Lastly, bring both knees to your chest at once. Hold each position for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat stretch at least 3 times.

    Child’s Pose

    If you suffer from arthritis in the knees or low back pain, this is a great stretch to complete before beginning your day.

    Child’s pose is a very popular move in yoga routines. It is a great stretch for connective tissue and joint pain as well!

    Start the pose by kneeling in bed, then sitting back so that your bottom is resting comfortably on your heels. Next, gently bend your body forward until your head touches the mattress.

    It can be helpful to then stretch your arms out and fold them in front of your face for additional support. Once you’ve eased into the position, you can then reach your arms out forward to help open the connective tissues in your neck, shoulders, and back area.

    Hold the pose for at least 2 minutes and repeat if necessary.

    The Inchworm

    The Inchworm is another physical therapy stretch that is great for relieving joint pain and improving circulation in the mornings.

    Start by standing with your abs engaged. Slowly roll down, bending at the knee if necessary, and touch the floor. Walk your hands forward, until you are in the push-up position. Then walk your feet forward, inch-by-inch, until you reach the back of your hands. Slowly roll your body back up into a standing position. Repeat the stretch at least 5 times, with your core engaged each time.

    Physical therapy can change the way you look at mornings…

    If you struggle with aches and pain every morning, there’s no doubt you aren’t enjoying the beginnings of your days. You deserve to wake up feeling good and refreshed. If you’re dealing with pain, you should speak with our physical therapist sooner rather than later about creating a personalized treatment plan. There’s no reason to start your day off in pain and suffering through feelings of discomfort!

    Are you interested in learning more about the many benefits of physical therapy for pain management? Contact Therapy Care for more information and be sure to schedule an initial consultation with our friendly and experienced physical therapist today.