Spasmodic dysphonia (or laryngeal dystonia) is a voice disorder characterized by involuntary movements of one or more muscles of the larynx (vocal folds or voice box) during speech production.The three types of spasmodic dysphonia (SD) are adductor spasmodic dysphonia, abductor spasmodic dysphonia, and mixed spasmodic dysphonia.Adductor spasmodic dysphonia In adductor spasmodic dysphonia, sudden involuntary muscle movements or spasms cause the vocal folds (or vocal cords) to slam together and stiffen. These spasms make it difficult for the vocal folds to vibrate and produce voice. Words are often cut off or difficult to start because of the muscle spasms. Therefore, speech may be choppy and sound similar to stuttering. The voice of an individual with adductor spasmodic dysphonia is commonly described as strained or strangled and full of effort. Surprisingly, the spasms are usually absent while laughing, singing, speaking at a high pitch or speaking while breathing in. Stress, however, often makes the muscle spasms more severe.Abductor spasmodic dysphonia In abductor spasmodic dysphonia, sudden involuntary muscle movements or spasms cause the vocal folds to open. The vocal folds cannot vibrate when they are open. The open position of the vocal folds also allows air to escape from the lungs during speech production. As a result, the voices of these individuals often sound weak, quiet and breathy or whispery. As with adductor spasmodic dysphonia, the spasms are often absent during activities such as laughing or singing.Mixed spasmodic dysphonia Mixed spasmodic dysphonia involves muscles that open the vocal folds as well as muscles that close the vocal folds and therefore has features of both adductor and abductor spasmodic dysphonia.Treatment for Spasmodic Dysphonia:Our unique and revolutionary Non-surgical Voice Repair program will not only repair your voice and your vocal box, but it will also teach you how to use your voice correctly, according to the standards of professional speaking and or singing.You will learn how to place your voice into your facial muscles – as opposed to constantly use and overuse your vocal cords. Those facial muscles, being put to work together with the abdominal muscles, will minimize the pressure of the sound on your vocal cords. By treating the cause (using your voice incorrectly) and not just the symptoms, voice disorders such as spasmodic dysphonia will be significantly minimized!
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Joanne Stephen – CPA (Certified Public Accountant) – Spasmodic Dysphonia Voice Repair Client from Ancaster, Ontario Canada.“In December 2017, I started working with Diana and have now worked with her for 40 hours to date. Diana has been a wonderful help and she is extremely intelligent, perceptive and caring. It is amazing how she can understand what is happening with my voice and teach me how to change it so that it is clearer and louder, as well as helping me to breathe properly while speaking.”A Christmas Miracle!!! Elizabeth Hines – C.N.C., C.B.P., Spasmodic Dysphonia sufferer-Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca.“A Christmas miracle. Last night I was able to sing Christmas carols at church for the first time in years without a strangled voice. The nonsurgical voice repair exercises have really paid off.Thank you, Diana. Merry Christmas.”Jonghee Shadix – Spasmodic Dysphonia – Voice Repair Client, Alabama: “I feel great. I feel really good. I can see the difference in my voice. And I understand everything that you taught me. I would definitely be happy to write to other people on www.vocaldisorders.org and tell them about my positive experience here and that I was happy to find you and I am very happy with the result