Clear Voice Therapy in New York City

Clear Voice Therapy may be helpful to you if your voice is rough, gravelly, hoarse, rapsy or otherwise strained. Other symptoms that Clear Voice Therapy should be considered for, is if you’re clearing your voice excessively through the day, if your voice cuts out, breaks off, changes pitch, or fades away. Some people feel pain or tension in the throat when using their voice that may even extend to the jaw, neck, back, or chest. These voice compromises can be treated by Dr. Kaminsky implementing Craniosacral Therapy and Pranic Healing energy work.

Clear Voice Therapy can also benefit singers looking to fine tune their voice and enhance the potential of their vocal chords, achieve in the “Zone” status.

For singers, It’s also important to be mindful we all undergo physiological changes with respect to our voice usage due to increased muscle strain in the anterior neck and throat muscles, muscle imbalances, poor posture and stress including restriction of neck range of motion are all factors that can effect ones voice.

These are all common symptoms of voice problems that can be treated through a Craniosacral Therapy and specialized techniques developed by Dr. Alex Kaminsky called “Clear Voice Therapy”, that works on harmonizing and balancing the vocal cords and surrounding soft tissues. Dr. Alex Kaminsky states, “I once heard one of my mentors of sound therapy / vibrational sound healing say that you can tune the human body just like you can fine tune a musical instrument. That resonated with me when I heard it, prompting me to develop hands-on manual methods to positively improve speech impairment and optimize voice potential.”

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Normal voice production depends on energy / power and airflow supplied by the respiratory system;  A disturbance in one of the three subsystems of voice production (i.e., respiratory, laryngeal, and subglottal vocal tract) or in the physiological balance among the systems may lead to a voice disturbance. Disruptions can be due to organic, functional, and/or physiological causes.

Clear Voice Therapy is for anyone looking to improve their voice clarity, resonance, pitch, depth, strength or stamina; with the additional benefit of diminishing any pain, stress, or tension in the front of the neck, back of the neck, jaw, back or chest. Whether speaking or singing is a daily practice for you, people put a lot of energetic and emotional stress on to their vocal cords overwhelming the natural tonicity and resiliency causing fatigue, cracking, coughing and other less than optimal functional physical states in your voice.

You should also know after decades of a relatively stable voice, noticeable change can occur in the later years of life. As our bodies age, we lose muscle mass, our mucous membranes thin and become more fragile, and we lose some of the fine coordination that we had in younger years. Changes occur in the larynx, such as vocal cord atrophy or bowing (also called presbyphonia or presbylaryngis), and this leads to changes in our voice.

Dr. Kaminsky’s Clear Voice Therapy facilitates an endurance state within the surrounding soft tissues of the throat and the vocal cords themselves through craniosacral therapy, energy work and specific breathing techniques. Clear Voice Therapy recognizes optimal vocal cord function which requires a pristine energetic balance within the body’s Chakras and meridian points, and specifically within the throat chakra. Chakras are energy centers, or portals in the human energy field. Located along the central channel of the body from the top of the head to the base of the spine wherein energy flows continulously. Chakra voice healing is an effective way to increase energy, alleviate vocal stress, and a way to channel healing energy through your throat chakra for continued voice healing.  The goal is for the Clear Voice Therapy to achieve optimal tone and function, energy flow and muscle balance in the voice box.

The Physiology Clear Voice Therapy Enhances

Voice health is driven a lot on the mechanism of respiration. Two lungs located in the thoracic cavity of the chest take in air, they are separated from each other by the heart, blood vessels and air-tubes. The lungs are spongy, porous and their tissues are very elastic. The substance of the lungs contain innumerable air-sacs, which contain air. They are covered by a delicate serous membrane called the pleura which contains serous fluid to prevent friction in the lungs during the act of breathing. One wall of the pleura closely adheres to the lungs. The other wall is attached to the inner wall of the chest. Through this membrane the lungs are fixed to the wall of the chest. Each lung consists of an apex and base. The base is directed downwards towards the diaphragm, the muscular septum, and the dividing wall between throat and abdomen. The apex is situated above, near the neck and often does not get proper supply of oxygen. It can become a breeding ground for viruses, bacteria or fungus; as in Pneumonia. But more so, the lack of oxygen flow into all parts of the lungs can also start to affect the soft tissues within the vicinity of the throat. The air passage consists of the interior of the nose, pharynx or throat, larynx or the wind box, or sound box, which contains two vocal cords, trachea or windpipe, right and left bronchi and the smaller bronchial tubes.

When we use our voice, we draw in air through the nose and after it has passed through the pharynx and larynx, it passes into the trachea or windpipe, then into the right and left bronchial tubes, which in turn, subdivide into innumerable smaller tubes called bronchioles which terminate into minute subdivisions and even smaller air-sacs. The air is drawn into the lungs by the action of the diaphragm. When it expands, the size of the chest and lungs is increased and the outside air rushes into the vacuum thus created. During expiration, and while talking or singing the chest and lungs contract expelling the air, as the diaphragm relaxes until most of the air is expelled from the lungs. Through the vocal cords on the exhale sound is produced. And the cycle continues. Craniosacral therapy and specific breathing exercises can result in sustainable lung function, a decrease in lung congestion and an increase in voice stamina.

The sound of your voice is an important part of your identity. It’s used to help make contact with others, convey emotions and create connections. Your voice is a part of your identity–you can be recognized just by the sound of your voice. Everyone needs their voice, particularly those who rely on their voice for their livelihood. This includes teachers, coaches, politicians, actors and singers. Call Dr. Kaminsky if you would like to learn more about Dr. Kaminsky’s Clear Voice Therapy.

About Dr. Kaminsky & Craniosacral Therapy

Dr. Kaminsky is a 1999 graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. He is licensed to practice in NY and has completed close to three thousand hours of professional continuing education since becoming licensed in March of 2000.

The primary approach used in his office is Craniosacral Therapy (CST) which is a method focusing on the cranium (head) and sacrum (a large bone at the base of the spine) scientifically proven to control life sustaining fluid flow throughout the body.

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on manual therapy approach that brings about healing via the fluidity of the body. The existence of the Craniosacral System was first discovered by Osteopath Dr. William Sutherland in the early 1900’s, calling it Cranial Osteopathy.  And later rediscovered, validated, and developed by Dr. John Upledger in the late 70’s early 80’s, who renamed it Craniosacral Therapy after doing five years of research at the Michigan State University, School of Medicine. In 1983 Dr. John, as he was fondly called, established a teaching institute in Palm Beach, Florida, to teach this cranial sacral method to all healthcare providers. The Upledger Institute is still very active today.

The craniosacral mechanism pumps fluid which is produced in the brain, called cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF), through the fascial network of the body, the purpose of which is to lubricate joints, muscles, organs, all cells and all tissues. It is the driving life force for your body’s systems to function properly, CSF also carries healing properties to bodily traumas, injuries and past surgeries.

The proper function of your cranial sacral mechanism, via CSF flow, maintains the normal tone of your muscles, provide nutrients to your organs, and keeps you out of pain. It sustains human life and allows your nervous system to stay responsive to challenges of daily living and your mind-body life experiences. The better your craniosacral mechanism functions, the better the flow of this life sustaining fluid, the better your body can handle physical and emotional stress. The uninhibited flow of this fluid throughout your body allows you to thrive, opposite of survival mode.

CSF is part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) brain and spinal cord), which is physically encapsulated within the dural membranes of the spine and head.

One of the functions inside of your brain is to automatically generate energetic rhythmic impulses that function to pump CSF throughout your body, regulating your peripheral nerves, nervous system and organ systems, which in turn, sustain your function (physiology) and life. It is an important force that maintains everything functioning in your body. This is what we call the Craniosacral System, or Craniosacral Mechanism. It is the hydraulic, energetic and rejuvenating system of your body.

This measurable life force of moving fluid is palpable to a trained craniosacral therapist, like the heart rhythm, pulse rhythm, breathing rate, that can all be felt, so too can the Cranial Sacral Rhythm (CSR) be palpated and measured. It is the foundational diagnostic tool in real-time used to evaluate your current state of well-being (or lack thereof), and potential for health improvement and healing.

Compromises of your rhythmic impulse, correlates to CSF flow restrictions in the system which the body is unable to self-correct or overcome on its own. This is the reason why over time we develop pain, dis-ease, symptoms, conditions, mind-body disconnect and basically all human physical and psychological ailments.

When the fluid isn’t flowing optimally, your bodily rejuvenation is affected, and this is where the skill of an experienced craniosacral therapist becomes valuable. By placing his or her hands on your body, most commonly on your head and sacrum, for diagnostic purposes, the practitioner can detect, feel, evaluate, and rate the SSQAR (strength, symmetry, quality, amplitude, rate) of the rhythm; then bring forth correction of any limitations with subsequent experienced hand placements on different parts the body during a session.

A craniosacral therapist helps your rhythm reset, restore and renew allowing for healing to take place of the mind-body connection, musculoskeletal tightness and spasms, neurological deficits, autoimmune issues, organ function, many common conditions, and of course pain. Through a practitioners properly focused and attuned touch, your body is facilitated to release channels of fluid stagnation and flow restriction, which ultimately breakthrough, overcome and improve CSR and the function of vital fluid flow.

Dr. Alex Kaminsky is an advanced practitioner of Craniosacral therapy, having studied up to advanced levels including SER and pediatric courses. He has built a solid foundation with many years of experience, treating babies, children and adults.

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