Being a Soprano and Surgery on the Rectus abdominis. #soprano #surgery #music #muscle

What does a being a Soprano and surgery on the Rectus abdominus have anything to do with each other?

A lot actually.

Your 6 or 8 pack :)
Your 6 or 8 pack 🙂

The beautiful soprano singing the Domine Deus from Poulenc’s Gloria requires her abdominal muscles to maintain breath support for not only the sustained high notes, but phonation for all pitches; it is not all about just training the vocal folds. Singing at a professional level requires discipline in breathing, and muscle control. Muscle control you say? Yes, the abdominal muscles are needed to precisely control the negative pressure created by the diaphragm to control breathing. Inspiration and exhalation have a whole new meaning in this context 🙂

What happens if surgery is done on the rectus abdominis, or any other muscle associated with breathing?

After a muscle is surgically cut, it is instantly weaker due to the need for healing. During the healing process, an incised muscle cannot immediately be used with the same force as it had been used prior to surgery. It must first heal, and then gradually recover its strength, and coordination capabilities. These effects inevitably will be imposed on the singer’s ability to produce phonation at the same caliber as they had before. This is not to say, that the singer will be forever unable to perform, but just as all people who undergo surgery, the singer will require a recovery period, time for strengthening and a relearning of proper use and coordination of both the inspiratory and exhalatory muscles needed for singing. Sadly, it is clear to see that in this time of healing and recovery, given that there are no surgical complications, the singer will be greatly affected.

However, if you sing like I do at Karaoke, nothing will save you, but for a professional singer, it is important to work with the surgeons to minimize recovery time and even something as simple as intubation during surgery has to be carefully looked into because of possible damage to the vocal chords. Research by surgeons into better minimally invasive techniques using the latest tools and technology available ensures that there is nothing to sing about when it comes to a bad recovery.

Sing I say, sing away 🙂

Satsriyakal

Note: Special thanks to Nereida García for help with editing and use of her youtube video, be sure to check her channel out.

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New superheroes – Science, Math and Botany #researchsaves

Gravity (2013), Interstellar (2014) and The Martian (2015), movies whose stories all take place in zero gravity, dusty martian surfaces and interstellar environments are trying to send us a very subliminal message inadvertently of course.

An artist's rendering of a monster black hole at the center of a galaxy. Yes, we have one also in the center of our beautiful galaxy.
An artist’s rendering of a monster black hole at the center of a galaxy. Yes, we have one also in the center of our beautiful galaxy.

Is the message coming to us from beings that have understood the string theory and managed to treat time like the edge of a table they sit on everyday?

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The Martian,now a major motion movie playing everywhere brings a whole new kind of player to the superhero game- science, math and the botanist.

If these beings had a message they were trying to impart to us, I would take a gander and say that they are trying to say, ” Wake up everyone, its time to science the shit out of all our problems and save humanity.” Anyone who has seen the Martian know this line which Matt Damon’s character jokingly says with an underlying truth i.e. the problem is real, it is a life or death situation but we can do it by using science.

“Gravity Poster” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

The movies all stand witness to the problem solving nature of the human brain and what we are truly capable of in order to survive. For 200,000 years, since the human brain of our species Homo sapiens diverged from the common human ancestor, we have been solving problems to help our species survive.

This is what I want to see when I open the paper tomorrow, headlines that read:

                                                                            “Scientists cure cancer.”

                                                                                “Scientists cure HIV.”

                                     “Scientists find a way to create a renewable energy source.”

Plants grown in space last year by NASA
Plants grown in space in 2014 by NASA

“Scientists grow plants in space.” Well this actually happened last year as NASA              scientists figured it out.

But, what do I get instead?

(Photo composite: Yahoo News, photos: Riccardo De Luca/AP, Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
(Photo composite: Yahoo News, photos: Riccardo De Luca/AP, Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

It really is time to wake up, use the power that has been given to each and everyone of us in the space between our heads, instead of wasting our intelligence.

Scientists in the movie The Martian (2015) unite from every corner of the globe regardless of nationality, color, creed, race or any other categorical definition that can separate us and solves the problem. Considering that the world was witness to the U.N General Assembly drama, a week before the movie was released serves as a stark reminder that the ideal situation of global co-operation in the movie is a far cry from our woeful reality. The movie also serves a stark reminder to our government, that without the kind of money that needs to be put BACK into research, we stand a chance of grievously falling behind. #POTUS, please increase the NIH funding :),  it will be the greatest executive order you could fulfill before you leave office.

One can only hope, that future generations will get to read the headlines I posted in this article #researchsaves, and my personal message to #KimDavis, please leave the Pope alone.

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