Muscle Tension Dysphonia: A Rationale for Symptomatic Subtypes, Expedited Treatment, and Increased Therapy Compliance This article will briefly identify the variable nature of muscle tension dysphonia (MTD). Causes such as psychogenicity and maladaptive “vocal posture” will be described and questioned. Special Interest Group (SIG) 3 members may benefit from identification of the strengths and weaknesses of an ongoing movement towards a symptomatically generic “MTD.” ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2015
Muscle Tension Dysphonia: A Rationale for Symptomatic Subtypes, Expedited Treatment, and Increased Therapy Compliance
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  • Martin L. Spencer
    The Voice Center at Ohio ENT, Columbus, Ohio
  • Disclosure: Financial: Martin L. Spencer has no financial interests to disclose.
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  • Nonfinancial: Martin L. Spencer has previously written on this topic, some of these works are referenced in the paper.
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Article   |   March 01, 2015
Muscle Tension Dysphonia: A Rationale for Symptomatic Subtypes, Expedited Treatment, and Increased Therapy Compliance
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2015, Vol. 25, 5-15. doi:10.1044/vvd25.1.5
History: Received August 19, 2014 , Revised October 3, 2014 , Accepted October 23, 2014
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2015, Vol. 25, 5-15. doi:10.1044/vvd25.1.5
History: Received August 19, 2014; Revised October 3, 2014; Accepted October 23, 2014

This article will briefly identify the variable nature of muscle tension dysphonia (MTD). Causes such as psychogenicity and maladaptive “vocal posture” will be described and questioned. Special Interest Group (SIG) 3 members may benefit from identification of the strengths and weaknesses of an ongoing movement towards a symptomatically generic “MTD.” More specific subtyping of MTD into 9 categories will be proposed, as well as description of associated therapy methods. Increased patient awareness that some subtypes may be self-correctable could simplify intervention, increase compliance, and improve clinician and researcher effectiveness.

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