presented by Wendy D. LeBorgne
This course will provide an overview of the history of myofascial release therapy, anatomy and physiology of the fascial system, how it may be applied within the clinical context of voice disordered clients, descriptor of MFR techniques, and applied demonstration of MFR with patients. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe and discuss origins, terminology, and meaning of MFR.
Dr. Wendy LeBorgne is a sought-after voice pathologist, speaker, author, and master-class clinician regarding vocal wellness and vocal athletes. Dr. LeBorgne actively presents nationally and internationally on the professional voice, with more than 100 presentations on vocal wellness and vocal athletes. Her 20-year career as a voice pathologist and singing voice specialist includes serving as the clinical director of two successful private practice voice centers (ProVoice Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, and BBIVAR, Dayton, Ohio), both evaluating and treating patients with vocal injury. Dr. LeBorgne holds an adjunct professor position at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a Voice Consultant caring for the voices of the actors and singers at CCM as well as teaching undergraduate vocal pedagogy, a new doctoral-level commercial music pedagogy course, and a new course entitled “Vocal Wellness for Vocal Athletes." She completed a BFA in Musical Theater from Shenandoah Conservatory and both her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her original peer-reviewed research has been published in multiple international journals, and she is a contributing author on multiple voice textbooks. Most recently, she has co-authored The Vocal Athlete text (Plural Publishing) and workbook. She maintains an elite private studio (ProVoice Consultants) and continues to perform professionally. Her patients and private students currently can be seen and heard on radio, TV, film, cruise ships, Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, commercial music tours, and opera stages around the world.
This chapter will focus on the history and development of myofascial release as a therapeutic modality. Discussion regarding terminology and technical demonstrations is included.
This chapter will focus on “what is fascia” from a structural and body integration standpoint. Participants will learn how and why fascia may be a contributing factor to restriction of movement and a potential cause for pain in the voice and swallowing population.
Descriptions and demonstrations of specific MFR techniques are the focus of this chapter. Release techniques as they may most commonly apply to the voice and swallowing population are described and demonstrated.