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Massage Techniques for Speech Disorders


One of the oldest forms of treatment and healing is massage.

Just think about it… You've been working hard all day, your head is feeling tense. Your arms are aching and and your feet feel sore. Massage could help in a number of ways, such has reduce pain and tension, improve blood circulation, relieve stress; not to mention it feels good!

When you're stammering, you may be aware of tension in your face muscles, neck and chest. There are a number of ways that one can relax themselves, such as meditation, or picturing positive images . However, there are also physical ways that can help achieve a relaxed state.

Massage is such an example, and can be used for speech disorders such as stammering and others such as dysarthria (a motor speech disorder stemming from neurological injury), and dysphonia (a voice disorder).

How can massage be used?

One way is Therapeutic Speech Massage. Developed to be used along side other speech therapy, it involves massaging the muscles interconnected to the head, face, neck and shoulder muscles first. Then it works your way into these tension producing areas using special massage techniques. There is more about this approach on the British Stammering Association website if you want to find out more.

If you are interested, you can also find about Dr Elena Dyakova, the developer of this approach on her web site:

I'm quite interested by the use of massage therapy for stammering. If you are undergoing a therapy programme and you want to know more, you might like to ask your speech therapist if there are any massage options open. Let's release some tension, what do you think?

About Author

Hiten VyasI am a Life Coach, Author & Speaker. Early on in my life I have experienced extreme amounts of fear and anxiety because of difficulties due to stammering. This pretty much crippled all aspects of my life. I entered the self-development field in 2003, and since then have changed myself into a successful individual. It is now my passion to help you overcome your own difficulties, and assist you in living the life you want and deserve. I'm the author of the eBooks entitled How to Deliver a High Impact Speech for Beginners, Lessons in Unassuming Leadership, How To Present With Confidence, Mindfulness Meditation For Everyone, Confidence With Women - How To Approach and Talk With Women, How To Overcome Job Interview Anxiety, How To Cold Call With Confidence and Say No To Exam Stress. All my eBooks are also available from Flipkart and I'm also the Founder and Managing Editor of the online magazine eBooks India.View all posts by Hiten Vyas →

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