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 Post subject: Neck and jaw tension and pressing feeling on the larynx..
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:54 am 

Joined: Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:05 am
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Voice Type: Soprano
Hi everyone!

This is my first time posting here and I come in the hope that someone might be able to shed some light on something for me. Sorry if it's a bit wordy!

This past week I have been feeling an uncomfortable pressing feeling in my throat, usually the more I use my voice. Always better in the morning! The last few days it's been accompanied by some slight mucus (not bringing anything up). It doesn't really feel like a lump and I have also checked with my hands and everything seems OK. The best way I can describe it is as if someone is gently pressing their hand against my larynx/throat and the area ends up feeling quite heavy and uncomfortable but not painful. Just slightly restricted. I also feel a dull tension in the back of my neck, top of my back and shoulders, slight more weight to the top of my chest and some tension in my jaw. Sitting here typing this right now, not speaking I feel the weight around my neck giving me this 'dragging' feeling.

I wouldn't say I have been over singing. I've had a bit of a lay off over the past year or so and have since realised I really want to get back into it properly. I'd been doing a little bit each day which included working on my breathing and on tension in my jaw and making sure I am doing things correctly, a work in progress I know. I wonder if just thinking about something like this too much actually can bring the problem on?

To counteract it I've been doing stretches, not singing, trying not to talk, just trying to relax ( looking into Alexander Technique) gargling salt water, drinking lots and so fourth but hasn't really seemed to ease up. I've been reading various articles online about possible causes like laryngopharyngeal-reflux, allergies ( have been taking pills as I do have more insect bites than I would like) nodes and just plain anxiety.

I don't feel any hoarseness, I don't see any white spots, my range still seems to be there and I don't feel any 'burning sensations'

I have a few theories as to why it might have occurred:

1. I have been working on jaw,tension and tongue exercises but very gently and nothing that I would have thought would cause serious damage. Just the mainstream exercises.

2. I have had a lot of tension in my neck, back and jaw due to a pillow that I don't think suits me and possibly sleeping with the fan directly on me (living in a hot climate right now). I wonder if such tension can effect the throat directly.

3. Possibly tensing my jaw when I sleep which I'm trying to be more susceptible too.

4. A coincidence/amalgam of tension from sleep, over-working myself with vocal tension exercises, maybe doing something wrong when singing and some kind of small throat infection.

So here is my question, has anyone here experienced something similar and how did you handle it? Does the issue sound at all familiar?

I realise a doctor is the best person to answer these questions but I'm trying to wait it out in the hope it is just tension and nothing a new pillow, a good massage and some relaxing thoughts won't cure. Worse case scenario I'll have to find an ENT doctor. It's just a bit tricky because I'm abroad and finding a specialist doctor won't be as easy and I have to contact insurance and all of that bla bla bla!

If anyone has any words of wisdom I'd really appreciate it :)


 Post subject: Re: Neck and jaw tension and pressing feeling on the larynx.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:55 pm 
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Joined: Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:06 pm
Posts: 189
Location: Washington DC
Voice Type: lyric tenor
Hi Lexxy,

Try not singing or doing much talking for a couple of days and see if things feel OK. If not, go to a doctor, get it checked out, then find a voice teacher. If things feel OK, and only get bad when you sing, then find a voice teacher. If you "really want to get back into it properly" you need to work with someone who understands technique and problem-solving.

Best to you,

Brian Lee

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