I first came across the concept of “voice physio” a few months ago while talking to one of our vocal coaches, Philly Lopez who was raving about the effect a session had had on her (already impressive) voice. On further investigation I found that one London based physiotherapy practice, PhysioEd Medical Ltd, had developed a highly specialised treatment routine for singers. When visiting the practice I was greeted with a wall of files relating to all the big West End shows and it soon became clear that the practice is the “go to” place for many singing, acting and dancing stars of the West End.
I asked Andrew Pilcher, who is a Christian and a physiotherapist who works at PhysioEd, to share more. Andrew recently gave a brief talk at Worship Central on the physiotherapy for the voice (and, we understand, was highly sought after late into the evening from the various professional singers at the event). Andrew is part of Holy Trinity Brompton (home of the Alpha Course) and, together with his wife Lara Bianca Pilcher, a musical theatre performer, produce shows and events, and run a regular gathering for believers who are professional singers and performers in the arts, music and entertainment industries.
Here’s Andrew’s article:
Have you heard about singers getting huskiness, losing parts of their vocal range or even losing their voice? Have you ever had a feeling of tight muscles in your throat? Do you get pain when singing or find your voice tires quickly?
These are all symptoms I help and treat as a physiotherapist and can make a substantial difference to your singing health. I have been fortunate to work alongside a physiotherapist who has pioneered this form of physiotherapy, and has been involved in the research which validates this type of intervention.
Principally our work involves manual therapy techniques to the throat, including direct soft tissue release and stretching of the laryngeal muscles. Laryngeal muscle tension builds up very easily and from many different causes. I will advise you through this article of the many different ways to keep your voice healthy and how to keep muscle tension to a minimum. Read More