Causes of Vocal Distress and Neck Tension for Singers
Vocal distress can be caused by many factors such as nodules, polyps, and chronic laryngitis that fall into the realm of treatment from your ear, nose, and throat doctor.
One other cause of vocal distress may be neck tension and its related causes.
Biomechanically, neck tension which leads to vocal distress can be caused by a whole host of issues such as:
- Raised shoulders, with one shoulder higher than the other due to muscle tension
- Poor posture or overuse of accessory muscles
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD) where the mouth/jaw do not open symmetrically or correctly
- Head position (ex. chin up)
- Tension of neck muscles, shoulders, arms, hands
Treatment for Neck Tension for Vocalists
At Art of Health Chiropractic, treatment consists of three facets.
- Correct any biomechanical issues such as postural imbalances
- Relieve muscle tension in the affected areas
- Teach corrective exercises to prevent the issue from returning
Postural issues are resolved through chiropractic care. Adjustments are made to the joints that are not functioning correctly.
Muscular tension problems are corrected by either myofascial release and/or our Class IV advanced laser therapy. The laser therapy allows for faster healing of the body, increased blood flow to the affected areas, and decreased pain. Myofascial release helps to lengthen, strengthen and improve function of the affected musculature.
To learn more about how muscle tension can affect your singing, check out this great article from Singwise.com