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Doctor insights on: Speech Therapy Muscle Tension Dysphonia

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Does speech therapy help people with muscle tension dysphonia?

Does speech therapy help people with muscle tension dysphonia?

Sometimes : It can. A well qualified speech therapist should be able to treat dysphonia getting at least a partial response without resorting to Botox injections. ...Read more

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Can muscle tension dysphonia cause shortness of breath on exertion?

Can muscle tension dysphonia cause shortness of breath on exertion?

Possibly: If the dysphonia interrupts the mechanics of inspiration or expiration in any way, one could note shortness of breath even with healthy lungs. ...Read more

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What symptoms are typically associated with muscle tension dysphonia in hand?

What symptoms are typically associated with muscle tension dysphonia in hand?

Dysphonia?!! : You mean dystonia which causes prolonged spasm of a hand usually as part of a movement disorder dysphonia is having problem with the quality of your voice (phonation). ...Read more

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What's the best natural therapy to treat chronic stress and muscle tension in the neck?

What's the best natural therapy to treat chronic stress and muscle tension in the neck?

Chronic stress: For muscle tension in the neck, many swear by massage therapy and heat. For dealing with overall stress, practices such as mindfulness meditation and yoga can help by training you in present moment awareness. When in the present moment, you are not worrying about future events or feeling bad about past ones. These latter modes increase stress, but present moment gives space and lowers stress. ...Read more

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If you have functional dysphonia or muscle tension dysphonia and have a unilateral botox injection.What is likely outcome?

If you have functional dysphonia or muscle tension dysphonia and have a unilateral botox injection.What is likely outcome?

Usually improved: Botox works to paralyze the overly active muscle, hopefully restoring the voice to more normal parameters. It will never be totally normal and of course, the Botox will wear off after some weeks which means one will need another injection. But it can work near miracles in properly selected patients! ...Read more

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I had LPR reflux now ENT told i hve muscle tension dysphonia i gets pain while talking what too do?

I had LPR reflux now ENT told i hve muscle tension dysphonia i gets pain while talking what too do?

MTD: You can see a voice subspecialist at a teaching medical center to confirm the diagnosis and discuss various treatment options. Speech therapy, Botox injections are the more common treatment option with good results! ...Read more

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Any treatments which can ease tense (mind, situation) which also cause the muscle tension besides meditation and yoga?

Any treatments which can ease tense (mind, situation) which also cause the muscle tension besides meditation and yoga?

Talking to Therapist: Talking with a therapist can often help a person understand and deal with the conflicts and situations which may be causing the distressing symptoms described. Sometimes medication may also be helpful. ...Read more

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People can't understand me when I speak. Would speech therapy help?

People can't understand me when I speak. Would speech therapy help?

Most likely, yes.: A Speech/Language Therapist will evaluate you, then discuss therapy & prognosis. Is your Articulation Disorder Developmental, from childhood, or from a Central Nervous System insult, Neuromuscular Disorder, Hearing Impairment or any other medical issue? If the onset was in adulthood, I trust you've seen your primary physician in order to find the etiology, or cause. (S)he can refer you to an SLT. ...Read more

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At times i feel I have trouble speaking clearly & many times people can't understand me but i can't tell. Could speech therapy help?

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Can't hurt: How do you know that many times people can't understand you if you can't tell? If you have any questions about your ability to speak clearly & enunciate, i think it's perfectly reasonable to get a professional evaluation by someone trained to assess speech & communication. Just be prepared to pay out of pocket in case your insurance won't. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old autistic son has the vocab of a 5 yr old however his language doesn't flow. Will speech therapy along with preschool be able to help him?

Prosody is the term: For pitch, tempo, intonation & rhythm of speech. Difficulty with both prosody & pragmatics, the conversational, turn-taking aspects of language, is seen in autistic spectrum disorder (formerly asperger syndrome). Your school district's child find team can assess your son for eligibility for early childhood special education. An inclusion" a pre-k class with neurotypical peers + slt will help. ...Read more

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What can be done about a lisp without speech therapy?

What can be done about a lisp without speech therapy?

May be difficult: Is there a reason you are trying to avoid speech therapy? A speech therapist can be very helpful in helping you to change your speech patterns. It will also require lots of practice yourself outside of scheduled therapy sessions. Speak with your primary about getting a referral. Good luck. ...Read more

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After a stroke, do you need speech therapy rehabilitation?

After a stroke, do you need speech therapy rehabilitation?

Not always: If the speech areas of brain are spared, speech therapy provides no added rehabilitation benefit. ...Read more

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How to get rid of stammering without going to speech therapy?

How to get rid of stammering without going to speech therapy?

Stammering: Speech therapy and counselling help. Stammering gets worse when one is self conscious about it or when they are under stress. It would be hard to do it without speech therapy but anything is possible if one sets their mind to it. ...Read more

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Why is massage therapy rarely prescribed for treatment of muscle tension.?

Why is massage therapy rarely prescribed for treatment of muscle tension.?

Just a guess...: It may be because it is not covered by insurance and can be expensive, making it less likely to be prescribed. Drs may also want to come up with a source of the muscle tension and focus on treating that. Massage therapy can provide relief in some people and in some the tension comes back. Osteopathic drs are trained in manipulation treatments, some include muscle stretching/massage-like treatments. ...Read more

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Would speech therapy help a shy child with selective mutism?

As above, and . . . : Selective mutism is a sign of anxiety disorder - a form of agoraphobia. But a well trained speech therapist could be a helpful participant in the overall care of this type of patient, coordinating with psychologist and physician. ...Read more

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Should I be able to learn to talk again with speech therapy?

Should I be able to learn to talk again with speech therapy?

Depends: It would depend on what your speech problem is and what caused it and to what degree you are affected. If you have the ability to make speech, the therapist should be able to help you regain some speech and to have that speech be more understandable. Can't answer you question totally without more information and re-phrasing it. ...Read more

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Would speech therapy help a child with selective mutism, if he already speaks fine when he wants to speak?

No: No, speech therapy helps to correct functional problems with speech. Selective mutism is psychological/developmental in origin, and should be addressed as such. ...Read more

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I had a lisp in elementary school. I went to speech therapy. I'm not sure if it was fixed. When i say a word that has an s in it. Sounds like a hiss?

Evaluate ; re-focus: Consider getting a professional evaluation of your speech first. Most likely you are focused on a problem that no longer exists or is miniscule. Friends or a therapist can help you to broaden your focus and find other ways to measure self-worth. A family member went through something similar and she is fine. Peace and good health! ...Read more

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When is it recommended that a child get speech therapy?

When is it recommended that a child get speech therapy?

Speech therapy: Speech develops in children gradually, but there are specific milestones we look for to see if they are developing normally. If there is a concern- not speaking at all, difficult to understand, or other problems of communication- it is best to get a speech evaluation. When these problems are identified early, it is easier to work with them and help your child. ...Read more

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Speech Therapy (Definition)

Whenever there is a concern about a baby not meeting developmental milestones, it's wise to have a conversation with a healthcare provider to discuss what is happening, why, and what, if ...Read more