Myofascial Release and Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD)

Muscle Tension DysphoniaMuscle Tension Dysphonia is a voice disorder which occurs when the muscles around the voice box are so tight that the quality and volume of the voice are impaired. This condition can be the result of illness (laryngitis) overuse, stress or other conditions. It may continue even after laryngitis is gone.

Some symptoms of MTD on the voice include

  • Breathy quality
  • Hoarseness
  • Raspyness
  • Rough or weak voice
  • Strained, squeezed tight or tense voice
  • Pain or tightness when speaking or singing

The voice may also completely cut out or fade away the longer one is speaking or singing. Tight muscles in the throat create a restricted range of motion and reduced volume and quality of voice. Other changes that can occur are an elevated voice box and hyoid bone, muscle imbalances and poor posture. Myofascial Release is very effective in treating MTD. Utilizing the gentle sustained pressure of myofascial release on the fascial restrictions and tight muscles of the neck and torso will help to release and elongate the muscles. Myofascial release will also improve range of motion, posture and diminish pain. Treatment plan will usually involve once week treatment with stretching exercises for home for a period of 8 weeks or so. Core muscle exercises and stress reduction are also important in treatment.