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Alexander Technique for Pain

by Molly Johnson

Pain is the most common reason to seek out Alexander technique.

You may have suffered an acute injury – a car accident, sports injury, or fall – and never quite recovered fully. Maybe the pain never went away. Or it moved around to somewhere new. Or spread to too many places. Possibly there was no accident, just a slow development of tension and chronic pain over time.

Regardless of how it started, many of us are living with frequent, even constant, pain. This pain can interfere with how we perform seemingly simple acts of daily living, maintain our work duties, and engage in activities like exercise.

The good news is that there is something you can do about it. There are choices you can make that will make pain less severe and less likely to occur – choices that could make the pain go away altogether.

You see, no matter what the cause of the pain is, there are habits that you have in your posture and movement that make it worse. Alexander technique helps you develop the skill of inhibition – the ability to stop yourself from carrying out postural and movement patterns in a habitual way.

Maybe you compress your spine, just a little bit, every single time you take a step, over and over, everyday, during your morning walk. Maybe you hold your computer mouse in a death grip – but you just can’t figure out how to stop. Alexander technique can show you how to get rid of your own combination of bad habits.

Alexander technique also teaches you how to develop a better quality of movement through subtle changes in posture and postural tone. The way we use our head, neck, and back has dramatic consequences for our whole body.

Test this out by tightening your neck – see if you can tell how many other parts of your body also got tense. When we grip our neck, pull our heads back and down, and shorten and narrow our backs, the effect is widespread tension and poor coordination between parts of the body. Many of us have developed such a constant state of neck and back tension that we are not even aware that we are doing it.

By developing a way of bringing our posture and quality of movement – what F.M. Alexander called “use” to a conscious level, we can decrease effort and tension while maintaining a dynamic quality in our body. These positive reminders, what we call Alexander directions, can be practiced and brought into any activity you do to improve your control and performance.

Through Alexander lessons, you can learn to make better choices in activity – inhibiting bad habits in posture and movement while sending Alexander directions for an improved use of yourself. Your improved use during simple or challenging activities will make it so that the activities no longer exacerbate pain conditions, but actually make you feel better and more able to make better choices throughout the rest of your day.

Much of the pain we experience is avoidable. Give Alexander technique a try and we will show you how you can live pain-free.

Pain Conditions Helped by Alexander Technique:

  • Back and neck pain
    • Muscle tightness
    • Muscle spasms
    • Herniated discs
    • Slipped discs
    • Degenerated discs
    • Nerve pain
    • Thoracic outlet syndrome
    • Dystonia
    • Torticollis
    • Surgery recovery
    • Whiplash
    • Ankylosing spondylitis
    • Spinal stenosis
    • Scoliosis
    • Pain with unknown etiology
  • Jaw pain
    • TMJ
  • Headaches
    • Tension headaches
    • Migraines
  • Shoulder pain
    • Rotator cuff injury
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Tendonitis
    • Bursitis
  • Elbow pain
    • Tennis elbow
    • Bursitis
  • Hand pain
    • Tendonitis
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Arthritis
  • Hip and knee pain
    • Surgery recovery
    • Ligament tear without surgery
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Dysplasia
    • Patellar-femoral pain
    • Tendonitis
    • Bursitis
    • Sciatica
    • Sacroilliac joint pain
    • Pelvic pain
    • Pain with unknown etiology
  • Foot and ankle pain
    • Frequent ankle sprains
    • Plantar fasciitis
    • Tendonitis
    • Bunion pain
    • Shortened achilles
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Generalized chronic pain
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia

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1 comment

Marylou January 26, 2019 - 8:11 am

Hello, just wanted to tell you, I liked this blog post.
It was practical. Keep on posting!


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