Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hanna Somatic Education and Treatment

Hanna Somatic Education
Hanna Somatics is an integral part of working not only with vocal performers but with anyone experiencing tensions, misalignments and pain that limits their vocal life and overall wellness. Many of the vocal problems people have are not isolated to the larynx. Things that are happening all throughout the body can have an impact on the vocal sound we create. Chronic muscular tensions that affect ease of movement, breathing, and speaking and singing are not merely muscular tensions, they are (neuro)muscular tensions. Hanna Somatic Education changes the communication patterns between the brain and the muscles and within the sensorimotor areas of the brain itself.  

To schedule an appointment, please call the Johns Hopkins Voice Center at 443-849-2087 or click here.   

Dan Sherwood, MS/CCC-SLP, HSE, Speech Pathology Clinical Specialist
Dan Sherwood, MS/CCC-SP, HSE, Speech Pathology Clinical Specialist
Focusing on rehabilitation and retraining of the professional voice. Special interests include breathing retraining and movement education, with training in alternative/complementary disciplines, including Hanna Somatics®, Associative Awareness Technique™, Optimal Breathing®

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Singing Voice

I was recently diagnosed with Bowed Vocal Cords. The next day I started a series of tests including the Iodine 123 trace indicating an over-active thyroid gland. Could the Hyperthyroid condition have effected my vocal cords and perhaps have caused the bowing?

Melissa Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP writes... 

While there may be differing causes of vocal cord atrophy, there is no known relationship between hyperthyroidism and presbylarynx, or "bowed" vocal cords. 

Good luck to you!

Friday, July 10, 2015


  • Voice Evaluation and Treatment 
  • Laryngeal Stroboscopy 
  • Medical and Surgical Management of Laryngeal Disorders 
  • Office-Based Procedures: 
    • KTP Laser 
    • Vocal Fold Injection Augmentation 
    • Botox Injection 

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Monthly Voice Screenings

For Professionals

Annual Voice Conference
Annual Head and Neck Conference
Annual Post Larynectomy Voice Restoration Conference

Friday, May 29, 2015

Breathing Issue

I have seen a variety of specialists-diagnosed as having no LPR present (last ENT said there was) by two different specialists, and as having vocal cord dysfunction. Breathing exercises help a little and .5 mg. of Klonopin helps a lot, but doctor wants me off it. Are there other treatments that work for this? Symptoms are no heartburn at all, no problems with food, breathing difficulties, and lump in throat. Occasionally, cords bowed over. Happens every day.

Melissa Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP writes... 

It sounds as though your treatment plan is appropriate, as the typical treatment for Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion, sometimes referred to as "vocal cord dysfunction," addresses any underlying cause (e.g., anxiety, reflux) in addition to respiratory re-training with a speech pathologist experienced in treating this disorder. 

If the current management strategies have not successfully addressed your symptoms, however, then I would suggest that you seek out another opinion.

Good luck to you!