Question: I am wondering whether someone can write a short piece about preventing voice strain. I guess the same principles apply as in upper body rsi. I heard someone say that people who suffer from RSI hold stress in their upper body hence being even more prone to voice strain. Naturally Speaking is good but I still have to use the Old Dragon for Excel. I am seeing a speech therapist anyhow.
Answer 1: There is information about this on some web pages I know. I’ll check them out. I’ll try to get permission to re-post, and if not, send the urls. Meanwhile: drink lots of water, *not* iced, avoid dry atmospheres, take regular breaks, and glycerin lozenges. Tense upper back. Yes, mine gets tense but doesn’t stay tense. I suppose someone working in an office with other people would find it more difficult than I to slump back in their chair and slump their arms and shoulders down…. — it helps to have taken relaxation classes, of any kind, if you’re going to do that
Answer 2: Also there’s this brief but useful piece, one of three Healthy Computing.This is probably even better, especially as it hits out at people who don’t believe vocal strain exists. Somewhere among my sites is a piece on voice injury and recovery.