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Does anyone know whether nasal steroids (Flonase) affect the freedom of the soft palate movement or other issues that have to do with the freedom of muscular movements in the back of throat areas?
I’ve avoided most antihistamines because they made me drowsy. Zyrtex much less so, and it took less than 1/4 tablet per day to stop my runny nose and itchy eyes. Recently, took an course (1/8 to 1/4 tablet daily) for only 20 days.
Zyrtex continued an ache in my nasal cavity, close to throat, and felt a bit like sore throat. The initial ache was result of a cold.
As zyrtex relates to singing, I did fine for about 12 days, except for the ache. Then, one day as I yelled at someone, I felt my vocal cords became sore and a bit raspy, and my soft palate acted funny. Rested a day, and everything remained fine.
Five days later, I lost power in my highs and control of subtle singing effects because my soft palate wasn’t moving right. And, my singing simply sounded funny. On 20th day, discontinued zyrtex.
Three days later, my singing has returned 90%.
My belief is that while zyrtex stopped the mucus in my nasal cavity, and it also dried out my soft palate and fluids for vocal cords. Result was couldn’t control my singing voice.
So, in general, if a medication indicates a side effect may be hoarseness, this also says it probably hasn’t been tested solely on a group of singers, and to be very observant on its singing effects.
My two cents worth.
Your vocal tract is relaxed when you wake up. It tenses throughout the day, due to a number of possible reasons, including, emotional tension, body cycles, bad posture, feelings and mood, type of food ingested, playing guitar, difficult tasks, etc., and gravity.
The vocal tract is attached to all other parts of one’s body, so tension arising from elsewhere can affect the vocal tract, reshaping your sound production methods.
Food, playing guitar, difficult tasks are easy to test, and emotional tension is easy to spot. The others require more awareness–ergonomics, posture, feelings and moods. These latter three can be fixed by ergonomics furniture and posture alignment (this is difficult to do though). The feelings and moods are fixed via posture alignment, as described in meditation principles.
The question is less regarding why you’re tensioning when playing guitar, and instead, why your body doesn’t “detense” after playing the guitar and does so during your sleep. In general, this is probably due to one’s posture alignment isn’t right, because if the posture is correct, then the counteracting muscles will pull and detense the tensed muscles when posture is straight.
>>>Hello, i have a problem with my voice. When i wake up my whole vocal system is very relaxed and i can hit from C2 to G6 and all the notes in between without any strain. My vocal fry is edgy and tone is clear, in short everything is perfect and i am really happy.
The bad news are that this quality and range (i dont care much about my whistle though its fun to have) is lost throughout the day and even within 1-2 hours without doing anything vocally… i mean not vocalizing at all. Vocal fry goes “bye bye” and i have to push to get the very high notes and i am limited from an F2 to a pushed G5 at best or ~G2 – ~D5 “solid” range. Also the quality degrades with little bit air, edge is greatly reduced. Only good thing is my highs E4-C5 become somewhat more powerful and easy to hit with fuller voice.
I think i am tensioning myself. Many times i find out i am tensioning especially when i play guitar or piano difficult exercises i am straining my jaw and probably my neck. This also happens without any activities, i mean doing nothing at all…
Any thoughts / advices?
Anyone know more about these myofascia massage on throat methods?
I seem to have a really big problem with mucous and phlegm, that gets worse the more I sing. There seems to be mucous in both my nose, throat, and lungs. How do you get rid of this without meds?
This doesn’t sound like the major contributor is allergies, as allergies generally produce a liquidy drainage, not heavy phelgm or mucus. Allergies also produces sneezing and red eyes, so to self-diagnose it, look for other symptoms.
This does sound like acid reflux and/or improper technique that blows too much air into the nasal cavity.
To diagnose acid reflux, try any Over The Counter omeprazele med, such as zegerid or nexium for 4 weeks (preferably at double dosage–which is what doctors prescribe–and I recommend you ask a physician first) and see if your symptoms vastly improve.
To treat acid reflux, first incline your bed 6 inches at top; then even higher, if you can tolerate it. This will stop nighttime acid reflux.
Acid reflux doesn’t reach your nasal cavity, unless– 1. stomach liquid can reach up to nasal cavity (which is unlikely, if you’re standing) 2. huge amounts of acidic fumes reach the nasal cavity (which is possible with improper singing technique and/or bad posture).
Whether you have huge amounts of acid reflux fumes or not, if a singer uses improper singing technique such that air is blown into nasal cavity regularly, symptoms such as you describe will result.
To treat: 1. resolve singing technique 2. fix posture 3. incline bed, if acid reflux.
Why posture and why what I mentioned below works for singers:
The basic idea for singers is to reduce the acid from weakening the esophagus and particularly the nasal pharynx– mostly liquid acid, not gaseous acid. For singing, I’m not writing about the pain and potential cancer of acid reflux, but instead its effect on muscle control and resonance.
The acid in a sense, immobilizes these live tissue. By sleeping at an angled plane, the acid is less able to crawl up at night– this is why sleeping angled and not bending over when awake are effective. If acid is able to crawl up to the vocal cords and weakens these, it’s very difficult to sing on pitch, because loss of vocal cord control.
The effect on the vocal tract (excluding the vocal cords), and the nasal pharynx are less direct. But the most direct treatment approach is still same– get the liquid acid as far away as possible. If one pulls up one’s posture by uplifting the rib cage and head to proper alignment, the extra 1 to 2 inches gained will be quite significant in its effects, and this may fix the upper esophagus valve (whatever its name) automatically, because the upper esophagus tract is aligned and this upper valve (which is really an airway) is then in good operational condition.
The lower esohagus-stomach valve, and I suspect even hiatial hernia (sp?) is more challenging. Medicine does not yet know what causes the weakening of this valve, but there is a theory that it is due to extended bad posture weakening this valve. This theory makes sense, because essentially, it is saying– if you pull on a valve muscle long enough in the wrong way, it will weaken.
So for the lower esophagus valve, the first step is to prevent the potential damage by ensuring one’s posture is aligned. The second, if the damage has occurred, is to stop further damage and allow the body to heal, by, again, aligning the posture. The third, again, is complicated.
When all these are aligned, the muscles are in good tone, which means one’s singing tone will be far better.
Unfortunately, getting good posture is more difficult than it may appear.
Zegerid, Nexium, Prilosec, Previcid and other proton-inhibitors are usually different forumulations of the same; their differences come in how quickly and how much is absorbed by the individual. Zegerid is newer, but my personal experience is that Zegerid’s immediate effects are faster, but all these worked about the same for me. My gastro doctor says that Zegerid is superior for a percentage of people; but remember, everyone is an individual.
I’m not a pharmacist or doctor, but my understanding is IT IS UNNECESSARY TO PURCHASE THESE BY PRESCRIPTION. The prescription forms of Zegerid and Previcid are basically twice the dosage of their OTC versions. Zegerid has a powder prescription version that is again a bit faster than the pill version.
Here’s how to buy these items cheap. Look in the Sunday newspapers under Walgreens and CVS ads, and use their promos, coupled with Walgreens monthly discount booklet coupon and even use the meds website coupons. How cheap? Previcid normally costs about $22 for 42. Walgreens raised its price to $24, had a $3 coupon in its booklet, and Previcid gave away a $25 Restaurant.com voucher with its purchase. I figure Restaurant.com voucher is worth about $17. So effectively– 42 Previcd for a net of $4. If you double the dosage, such that it becomes the prescription formulation– 21 (3 weeks of Previcid) for $4.
Everyone is different, so Zantac can work well for some people as well. But Zantac has far more side effects. Additionally, proton inhibitors are a very safe drug, in for long term usage, as compared to other drugs.
Cheaper than $4? I didn’t have to use proton inhibitors for over 3 years by making these changes:
1. raise my bed and drank antacid before sleeping.
2. change my posture including sitting posture.
3. less fats in my diet.
[quote=classical guitar]Okay here’s the deal…
Vocal Range without jogging 3 miles in the morning= A2-A5
Vocal Range with jogging 3 miles in the morning= B3-C#5 (at least)
What’s going on? It’s so frustrating having to deal with a different instrument half the days of the week… It’s like bi-polar voice syndrome or something…
Also, I tend to wake up with a realllllly low voice for a tenor in the morning. Maybe the two are related. I’m currently on meds for acid reflux, and drinking about a gallon of water a day (have been for a year). Lot’s of sinus drainage also on days that I don’t get the cardio in…
Anybody else deal with this frustrating crap?[/quote]
Well, here’s my two cents worth.
The body stores muscle tension patterns. When one runs, one “shakes” up these patterns, and your resonanting mechanism as well as your musclar controls are affected. Musclar controls return quickly after some rest, but shaking up tension patterns are not restored quickly. Afterwards, one’s vocal apparatus sounds entirely different.
To solve this, one needs to get rid of the tension patterns–detense–which is a difficult process being described in my blog, www.vocalposture.com. (Most of the information isn’t on there yet). By permanently ridding of stored muscular tensions, you’ll sing far better than your current conditions, in any pitch ranges.
Acid reflux meds, especially proton inhibitors, in general, help sufferers sing better. The reason is that when acid touches the esophageal and mouth tissues, these weaken; furthermore, acidic fumes cause nasal congestion (as the nasal tissues protect themselves by shutting closing the nose to nasal fumes). With acid reflux med, the vocal tissues are stronger.
Of course, it is better not to use acid reflux med at all; there are lots of techniques for this–some of which is explained or will be explained in www.vocalposture.com.
The question is asked how does acid reflux affect singing highs and why a particular singer found that acupuncture worked for him. See themodernocalist.com’s discussion forum http://www.punbb-hosting.com/forums/themodernvocalist/viewtopic.php?id=447
Acid reflux doesn’t just affect the vocal cords, but the entire vocal tract. Just a little bit of acid, and I would even suggest acidic fumes, can weaken the entire vocal tract. This means that acid reflux affects the resonace control and vocal cords.
My opinion is: if you have major acid reflux, you’ll know quickly–you’ll lose the entire vocal tract control–can’t sing in tune. Minor acid reflux affects the quality of the control. Remember that the vocal cords alone sound tinny, and that your resonance creates the full sound, and then you’ll better understand how acid reflux works.
Knowing this, here’s how Nexium and other proton inhibitors work. These reduce the amount of acid and possibly acidic fumes that weaken your vocal tract, and hence improve your singing quality control.
One can also reduce acid by changing diet (eat less, less fatty foods that require more digestion time), losing weight (my guess is less pressure on the stomach and vocal tract), and other well-known methods.
Lesser known–one can reduce the acid by manipulating your body posture. Don’t lie down horizontally (even when sleeping; sleep at an incline), sit straight, try to strengthen the lower esophageal valve, and also the upper esophageal valve (I hope I said these correctly). These are described in my blog www.vocalposture.com. Lift up the entire rib cage–not by a deliberate mental lift, but by relaxing and toning the entire spine and thorax and abdomen muscles and myofasica. Much of vocalposture is about this process. You’ll sing better and relieve acid reflux at the same time.
As for acupuncture, massage, etc., as mentioned in the modernvocalist.com question These can work as well. How, precisely? One of the comments said earlier is that there is no “scientific proof” that these work. Indeed, there is little “scientific proof” these don’t work either. Just because something isn’t proven, doesn’t mean it’s false; though it may be suspect.
Remember though that there are usually more false methods than true ones, so suspect is suspect. However, it is not true that suspect is false–some suspect methods may very well work.
There is abundant evidence that acupuncture and massage do affect the circulatory, nervous, and muscular-tension systems. If one accepts these, then one can view one’s relief through these therapies sensibly.
Acid reflux is primarily due to too much pressure causing the stomach contents to go up to the throat.
Acupuncture, massage, etc. may be helping by relieving tension (thereby reducing pressure), by relaxing your vocal tract (which may be tense from continous exposure to acid reflux), or by simply improving your vocal tract muscular performance. Anyhow, all these make sense by understanding the posture of the vocal tract, which is what www.vocalposture.com is about.
I hope this helps.
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