Vocal Injury Prevention
An important aspect to planning any performance career is understanding the key steps for avoiding vocal injury. Whether you are a music performer, an educator, a theatre performer, or your job requires you to be speaking constantly, there are ways of preventing injury. We don't have to experience vocal pain as performers!
I teach evidence based techniques that have seen encouraging results. I know from personal experience what it's like to be unaware of the potential damages certain styles of singing can do, and I endeavour to educate students in the practical ways this damage can be avoided.
If you have found this page because you are currently suffering from a vocal injury you could try the following steps:
Consult your GP to discuss possible causes
Vocal rest (total or partial)
Keep hydrated and exercise regularly*
Walk after meals and avoid eating 3 hours before bed*
Cover your mouth if you're walking in the cold air*
Seek out a voice teacher who can help you in your recovery - through learning correct singing and injury prevention techniques you may find that you will be able to regain your confidence and singing abilities once again.
*Christina Shewell, Voice Work: Art and Science in Changing Voices, Breath Voice Exercises, 2010