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Cedars Sinai Medical Towers, Los Angeles, CA

Muscle Tension

Our doctors are specially trained to handle a wide range of voice and swallowing disorders, and strive to offer patients the most advanced, minimally invasive treatments.

Muscle tension is the overuse of neck and throat muscles while singing.  This is a factor for any singer who is not actively studying voice with a qualified voice teacher. Dr. Gupta will spend some time discussing this with you during both your initial evaluation and your follow up visits, to ensure you are comfortable with these ideas.

Tongue tension

Your tongue is larger than you might realize.  When you stick out your tongue, you are only seeing half of your tongue.  The back half is attached to the deeper structures in your neck and throat.  Many singers, over the course of a competitive career, pull their tongue back to amplify their sound.

Over time, this becomes habit so that you may use tongue tension regularly.  Other muscles can also begin to engage, including your neck musculature.  Tongue and neck tension may result in uncomfortable or painful singing.

Jaw tension

This is a difficult area to combat because tightening the jaw gives a feeling of control.  Relaxing your jaw will create more room in the back of your throat and thus, give your sound a larger chamber through which it can resonate.

Neck tension

If breath support is not adequate or well-controlled, singers may engage accessory (non-vocal) muscles in the neck.  This added tension may increase the feeling of stability of pitch.  However, it creates additional force on the vocal cords and may result in injury, such as a vocal hemorrhage or nodule formation.  Additionally, singing with neck muscles engaged is painful over time.  Though releasing neck tension may make a singer feel less secure in pitch stability, it is actually a far healthier way to sing.


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Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

The Voice and Laryngology Center at Osborne Head and Neck Institute is focused on the care of the larynx

Care Of The Professional Voice


Vocal Fold Masses


Muscle Tension

Muscle tension is the overuse of neck and throat muscles while singing

Glottic Insufficiency

This space between your vocal folds is termed "glottic insufficiency"

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Monday – 8:00am – 5:30pm

Tuesday – 8:00am – 5:30pm

Wednesday – 8:00am – 5:30pm

Thursday – 8:00am – 5:30pm

Friday – 8:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday – 8:00am – 12:00pm

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Osborne Head & Neck Institute

Cedars Sinai Medical Towers
8631 W. Third Street, Suite 945E
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel: 310.657.0123
Fax: 310.657.0142

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