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Department of Clinical Speech & Language Studies


Laryngeal manual therapy as a treatment option for patients with muscle tension dysphonia: a speech therapists' job?

Annelies Labaere, Lecturer at the Department of Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology, Thomas More Antwerp

Date: 3rd March 2016

Time: 17:30 - 20:00

Venue: Room 103/104, first floor, 7-9 South Leinster St, Dublin 2

Annelies Labaere has obtained a Master of Science degree in Logopaedic and Audiological Sciences at the Cathloic University of Leuven, Belgium. She has been working for serveral years as a Speech and Language Therapist at the University Hospital of Leuven, mainly at the voice clinic. She is currently teaching vocie and voice disorders at Thomas More University College, Antwerp (Belgium). She organises the post qualification course on voice disorders and is research coordinator at the Department of Speech and Language Therapy

Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD) is a voice disorder with a complex, multifactorial etiology and is often accompanied by vocal tract discomfort. Laryngeal Manual Therapy (LMT) can be used to change habituated musle tension patterns in the perilargyngeal area. The combination of LMT and vocal excercises can provoke a quick break-through in the treatment of voice disorders.

The is workshop will start with an introduction about MTD and the rationale behind LMT as a treatment option including current evidence. Afterwards there will be a hands on session: participants will learn how to evaluate body posture and to palpate perilaryngeal muscles in a safe way

Learning Outcomes

Particpants will be able to:

  • Understand the rationale behind LMT as a treatment option for MTD
  • Understand the need of teamwork in treating complex voice disorders
  • Make a basic evaluation of body posture and tension in parilaryngeal muscles
  • Apply serveral LMT techniques


**Please e-mail Sarah, to check availability before booking your place**

CPD - LMT Workshop

Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 1st March 2016 - No refunds can be given after this date 





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