Shania Twain Diagnosed With Dysphonia, Undergoes Therapy to Restore Her Voice

 

In the recent weeks, country diva Shania Twain has been making many appearances on television surrounding her new book, ‘From This Moment On,’ and television series, ‘Why Not? With Shania Twain.’ What some may have noticed, however, is she has not been doing any singing.

The singer has revealed to E! Online that the years of suppressing and repressing her voice and emotions have done extensive damage to her vocal chords. Twain now suffers from a chronic condition called dysphonia. The condition brings about an impairment in the ability to produce voice sounds. As a result, Twain is currently undergoing therapy to restore her speech, as well as her singing voice.

“I had reached a point in my life where there was a bottleneck, physically, in my throat,” Twain says. “Something had to give. I’ve only just discovered what’s wrong. Next comes rehabilitation, which will take a long time. Physical rehabilitation, voice therapy, learning how to breath again … and the singing will come.”

Twain’s ‘From This Moment On” autobiography is in stores now. The book is also available for purchase through Amazon’s website.

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Teacher helps student overcome voice impediment

Mushy is a student who’s been affected his entire life by a speech impediment. He has a stutter that makes even getting a few words out extremely complicated, talking in front of the class can be a daunting nightmare for Mushy.

If you’ve seen the movie The King’s Speech, the King had a similar issue and he tried many methods to overcome his disability. In this moving video, Mushy’s teacher, Mr Burton, applies one of the techniques they show in the movie, the use of music to overcome anxiety, to help Mushy speak. Watch Mushy speak in front of his classmates and how they react to his brilliant achievement:

Billy McLaughlin gets past his problem of focal dystonia

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Spasmodic dysphonia and meditation

Stress can be a major contributor to your spasmodic dysphonia, so relaxation can help you to undo this.

Meditation is a great way to help you to de-stress. It is simple, effective and easy.
You just sit, breathe and focus on the inside, leaving all of your worries and thoughts on the outside.
This way you allow your body and mind to heal. The tension will melt away.

Now Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra have started a FREE 21 day Mediation program
That you can be part of. Just go to the link below and register:

==>>Oprah and Deepak FREE 21 day meditation program<<==

I have joined and already have found more peace and relaxation that I will take with me
during my day.

The benefits for you will be:

  • You can learn to let go of worries and negative thoughts
  • You can learn to  allow your body to heal itself
  • You can learn to  feel more connected with your body and with others
  • You can learn to boost your immune system
  • You can learn how to lower the level of your stress hormones
  • You can learn to be able to deal better with stressful situations.

Meditation is practiced by men for more than thousands of years but only recently science is advanced enough to catch up.
To read more on this go here:

TIME Magazine: The Science of Meditation
http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101030804/#

Psychology Today: The Science of Meditation
http://psychologytoday.com/articles/index.php?term=pto-2191.html

Meditation Associated With Increased Grey Matter In The Brain
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051110215950.htm
“Meditation is known to alter resting brain patterns, suggesting long lasting brain changes, but a new study by researchers from Yale, Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows meditation also is associated with increased cortical thickness.”


spasmodic dysphonia cure?

There is no spasmodic dysphonia cure…
This is what everybody will tell you.

And I agree with them. There is no cure..
but for most people it is possible to improve your voice (a lot).
I have seen it happen to many people (and it happened to me).

If you take away the causes of the SD and learn to undo
the things you did that caused your spasmodic dysphonia
then have a good chance to improve a lot.

Your voice will however allways be your weak spot
so you have to balance your life in such a way that you prevent it from rehappening again.

If you want to learn to do this,
then you can read my book:

spasmodic dysphonia recovery system book

[Click on the picture of the book to go to the Amazon salespage]

Which is available on Amazon.com.
I also recorded 3 Free instruction video’s
for which you can register at:

www.freeyourvoice.us

Ron Cox full recovery from spasmodic dysphonia [audio]

Beginning of 2009

I was in the stage of not seeing any improvement in my voice
and was completely demotivated and frustrated about any hope I might have in ever getting my voice back.

And then I received an email from Ron Cox with a sound recording of him speaking.
Ron Cox was the guy with whom I attended Connie Pike’s voice clinic in Florida in July 2007.
You might have seen his video on Youtube or my website.

This is the video of Ron Cox prior to the voice clinic I attended with him.

When I was with him in the voice clinic he was in bad shape.
He suffered from severe spasmodic torticollis and spasmodic dysphonia.

The audio recording he included in the email blew me away.

 

[box type=”download”] Here you can download his recording [/box]

I was shocked!

He sounded completely normal again.
He said that his voice was even better then before he attracted the spasmodic dysphonia.

This was great news for him and for anybody else who suffered from a dystonia.
Again more proof that you can recover almost 100% from spasmodic dysphonia.

My hope was restored and even more important for me was that I became very jealous.
Jealousy is a big motivator.

The hope and desire to recover my voice had gone back up from a small flame
into a big fire.
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“Free to speak” voice clinic for spasmodic dysphonia

 

 

In July 2007 I attended the voice clinic at Connie Pike’s house in Apollo beach, Florida, USA.

Before registering for her clinic, I searched the internet trying to find people who recovered from SD and who could help me.
Soon I found the website of Dr. Morton Cooper in Los Angeles, USA.

I called him on the phone to find out more. He asked me to humm, happy birthday. That was no problem for me.
He listened and said:”You have a good chance of fully recovering your voice. Can you come to L.A for 4 weeks?
How much will it cost I asked him?
“5.000 dollar per week”:he said. “And I want you to come for four weeks.”

20.000 dollar…? A lot of money!
But I really wanted to recover, badly. So I went to the bank to ask if they could lend me the money.
I explained them everything, and that I needed the money to be able to keep my job.
They agreed with the lending and I was looking forward to going to the states and getting my old life back.

I kept on browsing the internet and found Connie Pike’s clinic.
A lot cheaper and more complete was my opinion. Only 2000 Dollar!

So I decided to register for the clinic and go for the first available date.

Below in the video, you can hear my voice before I went to the voice clinic.

I arrived in her nice house on the 4th of July.
When I entered the room, another guy was sitting at the table and I thought that he was in a terrible condition.
He had great difficulty with getting some voice out and his neck and shoulders were twisted. I thought that he was an invalid.

Around his neck was a thick black collar. He suffered from spasmodic torticollis and spasmodic dysphonia.
His name is Ron Cox.
Below in the video, you can see and hear Ron Cox before the voice clinic,
which he attended with me.

He was worse of then I was. What I didn’t knew then was that he was going to recover from both disorders within a year, fully.

The other participants for the clinic arrived after me and we ended up with a group of 6 people. 3 guys and 3 ladies.


I am the second person from the right. Ron is the second person from the left.

Voice Clinic Connie Pike

We exchanged stories and it was a revelation to meet other people who suffered in the same way as I did.
I was not alone.

I was in the right place.

The 5 day clinic consisted of different parts:

Private speech training sessions

Personal sessions with Connie Pike of about one hour, 3 times. The session was video taped to watch back later at home.
We learned how to speak in a different way. Ways to get the voice out by speaking from the “mask” which is the area between your nose and mouth.

Speaking at a lower (men) or a higher pitch (women). Using the full force of the voice by using the full resonance of the whole body.
Doing different exercises with words and sentences starting with certain letters and sounds.

Some are difficult when you suffer from abductor sd and others are difficult when you have adductor sd.

Connie knew what she was talking about because she herself recovered from spasmodic dysphonia a few years before.
She has helped dozens of people to recover their voice.
Below in the video, you can see a very small part of my private sessions with Connie.

Private breathing sessions with Mike White

Mike started off with breath assessment. We had this breath flow meter which he used to measure the long capacity and the quality of my breathing.


Which was fine.

He learned me to speak with good breath support. Standing up straight with the head tilted down a little bit, to have maximum flow past the vocal chords.
Mike works very intuitively to get your voice out so we ended up in some strange body positions to connect to my voice.

But it worked.

By finding some way to get your good voice out makes you experience a breakthrough which sparks the fire of hope.
You go from there.

Singing with Roger Love’s cd.

This consisted of singing with the whole group together, led by Connie Pike. The singing is fun and good for your breathing.
You sing scales with different sounds.

Self practise on the computer with voiceprint

The computer program: “Voiceprint” displays the pitch and the volume graphically on your screen. You speak in the microphone while the program runs and you see a horizontal graph of your voice pitch. It is great to see with with your eyes what your voice is doing. I continued to use the program long after I got back. It was a great tool to record voice samples and keep them for later. It tells you if you are on the right pitch and whether you speak with resonance.

Massage to relax the whole body

When the electric massage bed was available, we could use it to relax the muscles.
It is the Ceragem massage bed.
It massages different parts of your body while applying infra-red heat.
It was nice.

Manual massage by Megan Pike.

Megan Pike (Connie’s daughter) massaged everybody two times during the 5 day clinic. It is better then automatic massage because a machine is just a machine.
Especially the throat, neck and face were taken care of.

Group talk to discuss progress and revelations

We did this a couple of times. Everybody in it’s turn shared where they were coming from. How long they suffered from sd,
what they tried before, what worked and what impact the sd had on their life.
Connie shared with us her struggle and the story of her recovery. She told us her ups and downs and the lessons she learned.
Group breathing exercises with Mike white.

Mike showed and thought us different techniques, tricks and body positions to get more air in.
The more air you get in, the more power you have to get the voice out.

Psychological evaluation with Robbie Goss

We had one session with Robbie Goss, who is a psychologist. He interprets the Taylor-Johnson Psychosocial test we performed online before we came to the clinic.
The Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis® (T-JTA®) is a quick and convenient method of measuring important personality traits that influence personal, interpersonal, scholastic, and vocational functioning and adjustment. It functions both a diagnostic device and counseling tool.

T-JTA Content

The T-JTA measures 9 personality traits and their opposites:
• Nervous ↔ Composed
• Depressive ↔ Light-Hearted
• Active-Social ↔ Quiet
• Expressive-Responsive ↔ Inhibited
• Sympathetic ↔ Indifferent
• Subjective ↔ Objective
• Dominant ↔ Submissive
• Hostile ↔ Tolerant
• Self-Disciplined ↔ Impulsive

The profile gives you insight in your character profile.
My result was that I strongly tend to:

Emotional
Impulsive
Unorganised

That is so true.
I am also a quite shy and introvert person.
So Robby told me that with my character profile it would be hard to stick to the training schedule.

The clinic was great because:

  • You met with fellow sd sufferers
  • You could hear first hand from somebody who recovered her voice from sd (Connie Pike)
  • We were a nice group
  • It gave me hope and that I was not alone on this journey
  • I had things to do to recover my voice

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Ron Cox’s full spasmodic dysphonia recovery [video]

Road trip through the south of the U.S.A

In Februari 2009 me and my family were planning a holiday to the U.S.A.
It was going to be a road-trip because I like to drive and see things.

We made our starting point Miami because I knew that Ron Cox lives there and it would be a great opportunity
to see him back after his complete recovery from the spasmodic dysphonia and the spasmodic torticollis.

He had something I wanted *BADLY*.

And it was an GREAT opportunity to hear straight from his mouth the things he did,
so I could maybe model him,
to recover myself.

We arrived late in the evening in Miami, went to our motel, and the next morning
at 6.00 a.m I would meet him at his house…

I went and shot the next video….


 

When you listen closely to what he is saying, I noticed a very important thing…
He says at 5 min 29 seconds that he stopped exercising, and then his voice
became a lot better.

Hmmm, that is interesting, let’s think about that some more…