If you do stretches or massage the muscles of your throat, be aware it’s at your own risk.
There is always a risk when stretching or massaging your throat, due to the physical and/or medical nature of such acts.
The most common factors to know and consider before doing a massage or stretching exercise on or around the throat are as follows.
(1)It is easy to hurt the muscles relating to vocalization because they are small, not directly visible, and weak.
(2)If you try to extend a muscle forcibly it will become more stiff, because of present defense reflexes.
(3)It’s really hard to know how much or how little of a degree in strength to use when giving a massage, because muscles can be really sensitive.
If you know the location of where the muscles relating to vocalization are, precisely, it’s not a problem to massage or stretch them on your own. The self taught approach is okay if you are careful, have done your research, and understand the mechanics of your throat as well as its muscle and tissue locations. On the other hand, if you do not know you shouldn’t guess, pray, or hope and do it yourself.
Please be advised of my warning if you do massages and stretch exercises on your throat. Too often, people come to see me at the Voice Care Salon to correct worsened vocal and muscle issues after they’ve hurt themselves or pulled a muscle due to improper stretching and massaging.
If your not aware or conscious of your voice vibrating when you’re singing, more than likely it can be fixed.
If the doctor says you have no obvious problems with your larynx at your local physician or at the Otological hospital, than the issue you may have is asymmetry of your larynx. An asymmetrical difference in motor movement of the muscles and folds of the larynx can cause the voice to vibrate unconsciously, similar to a tense muscle or reflex action.
Specifically, if the right and left side of the vocal folds move asymmetrically, it directly causes hypertonic vocalization. The body goes into a hypertonic state in order to try to correct or force each side to move symmetrically.
When the left and right side of the vocal folds do not vibrate evenly with each other your breath leaks, thus causing a hoarse voice when vocalizing.
If the muscles rotate or slide the arytenoid cartilage, which does not move equally on both sides, the muscles then get tense in their effort to support the left or right side.
Muscles usually vibrate when they show signs of tension, such as the biceps, brachii, or the rectus abdominis muscle.
Similarly, the voice vibrates too, without consciousness of it.
You can find a suitable solution, using this information as a base to understanding which issue you have, combined with having your throat and larynx examined.
LDP(Larynx deep position) LDP is just a habit of the muscles, not a medical disease.
One of the most effective ways to check whether or not you have LDP is through grind testing. This test involves slowly moving the thyroid cartilage or the hyoid bone from side to side without pressing.
If you have LDP, you can hear a ‘click’ sound.
Sometimes listening for the results of grind testing using the method of palpation, you can barely hear the click sound – but can confirm the clicking by feeling it ‘pop’ through the fingers. In some extreme cases, in daily life not through testing, other people around you can even hear the click sound, because it’s so loud.
There are two kinds of sounds which are the most noticeable when testing for LDP: A click sound and a flabby/squishy sound.
I have determined why there are two sounds after investigating the larynx.
In the case of the thyroid cartilage;
Reason:The bottom edge of the thyroid cartilage or the arytenoid cartilago corniculata touches to the front of the cervical spine, (including the soft tissues) to make a sound.
In the case of the hyoid bone;
Reason:The triticeal cartilage in the ligaments of the hyoid bone touch to the greater cornu of the hyoid bone, and the upper part of the thyroid cartilage (including extending ligaments) to produce a sound.
Which type of LDP do you have?
Note1:If I prove the condition and presence of LDP, I always find that muscles are stiffen around the thyroid cartilage and the hyoid bone. When I fix LDP, the thyroid cartilage becomes soft at first, and then the hyoid bone becomes looser.
Note2:When you have grind testing, please make sure to ask a professional or specialist who has the knowledge and skills to do so. This is because if a mistake is made in the degree of strength or positioning of the fingers when doing grind testing, serious harm may be caused. Such physical damages include: the muscles may rupture or recurrent nerve paralysis may happen.
I believe that acquiring flexibility of the musculus extrinsic laryngis is highly important for thevoice. Here are the explained vocal mechanics and what each improvement targets.
I aim to improve the movement of suspending the larynx by extending the pharyngeal cavity, to make the voice better and more resonant. This will enhance the motion range of the cricothyroid articulation through mobilization, in order to acquire a wider range of tone.
Finally, we will tone up all muscles relating to vocalization, including the cricothyroid muscle.
If you master all the above mentioned improvements, your basic skills of vocalization will be perfected. Then you can become a great singer for any kind of music genre such as opera, rock or jazz. Please be aware to keep this condition you must maintain daily vocal training exercises through singing.
Note1:You can’t stretch muscles relating to vocalization by yourself. This is because you cannot feel how much these muscles are moving or the degree of strength they are using.
You can know how strong you stretch the muscles though. This can be determined only using precise hand palpation.
Rolling or extending the neck does not mean that you are stretching the muscles relating to vocalization.
However, stretching the neck or shoulders to improve the flow of blood and lymph will indeed make the larynx move easier and effect vocalization in a positive way.
Singing is made by breathing while vocalizing using a musical harmony. Please keep stretching your muscles, mainly your upper body such as the shoulders or neck daily and often.
Note2:My Voice Care research is not aiming to help give you a specific vocal technique, make your singing popular, or just assist you in letting out your voice easily and freely. It is to mainly improve the basic skills you already have with vocalization.
In comparison to sports, picture “running, jumping, or throwing.” These actions are all basic physical fitness actions. If you acquire and understand basic physical fitness actions (that your body is capable of) then you can improve at any field of sport, such as baseball, soccer or tennis. Categories in sports can be compared to genres in music, with some being more physically exerting than others.
Furthermore, just like a sports injury… a vocal injury is just as serious and complex. It’s not easy to fix LDP (larynx in a deep position) choking your throat, it takes time or sometimes it is even impossible to fix. This is because people sometimes try to treat unclear muscles relating to vocalization.