The Alexander Technique and Back Pain

 

Helping you to help yourself.

Alexander Technique lessons are gentle, and from the first one you will learn ways to help yourself between lessons. You will learn how to improve your movement patterns to reduce and eliminate pain, as well as preventing further injuries or damage. The Technique is a way of being in movement which you can use to help yourself for the rest of your life.



This video summarizes the results of a major back pain study published in the British Medical Journal in 2008. The study showed that the Alexander Technique was highly effective in treating back pain. Recent follow-up studies have confirmed this result.

Back Pain is increasingly common in most developed countries, and most health professionals will admit that the cause of most people's back pain is a mystery. Studies have shown that there is not always a clear relationship between the amount of damage shown up by x-rays and scans, and the degree of pain the person may be experiencing.

Of all the approaches tested … Alexander Technique lessons proved to be the most beneficial
— British Medical Journal

The Alexander Technique has helped many people to recover from life-limiting chronic back pain. It is a process of gradually 'unlearning' innefficient habits, and allowing an easier more natural way of moving and living.  get more in touch with themselves, to learn to move in ways that are efficient and economical, taking the excess strain and pressure off the spine so that gradually any damage can heal, the over-contracted muscles can relax their grip, and areas thathave been weak become more toned. This process occurs not through doing exercises but by learning to change the way you are in daily life.

The Alexander Technique works.  it helps people;

  • develop more self-awareness so as to recognise movement patterns likely to cause strain and pain
  • know how to move and how to rest in ways to eliminate pain and stiffness.
  • apply what you learn in lessons into all aspects of your daily life
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  • get more in touch with themselves, to learn to move in ways that are efficient and economical, taking the excess strain and pressure off the spine so that gradually any damage can heal, the over-contracted muscles can relax their grip, and areas thathave been weak become more toned. This process occurs not through doing exercises but by learning to change the way you are in daily life.

The hands-on work is an Alexander lesson is subtle and gentle, guiding rather than manipulative. From the very first one you will learn ways to help yourself between lessons. I will help you to discover how to become more aware of your movement patterns so you can improve your posture and co-ordination, reduce and eliminate pain, as well as preventing further injuries or damage. When you understand the process you will have a means to help yourself for the rest of your life.


Philippa spotted straight away what I was doing to cause myself back pain - something that both the sports physio and the chiropractor I had recently seen missed! I had pain and discomfort for years and now I basically don’t have a bad back any more :-)
For years I have been regularly using osteopaths to relieve my back pain but Alexander Technique lessons with Philippa have made a huge difference. I now have much less pain (and am saving on osteopath bills) – I only wish I’d started years ago.

97% of people with back pain could benefit by learning the Alexander Technique - it is only a very small minority of back pain sufferers that require medical intervention such as surgery.
— Jack Stern, Spinal Neurosurgeon
Neck problems are virtually an occupational hazard for Ear, Nose and Throat surgeons. I had serious problems during my working years, but hoped for relief on early retirement. This was not the case and limitation of cervical (and thoracic) movement became quite an intrusion on my life. Physiotherapy and medication gave only short-term improvement. On being introduced to the Alexander Technique I was somewhat sceptical that anything was going to work, but can only describe the relief gained, and maintained, as quite incredible. General posture has improved and neck mobility has returned to that last experienced more than twenty years ago. What more could one ask for?
— Kieran Tobin, M.B, B. Ch, BAO, FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Irl), D.L.O Past-President of the Irish Otolaryngological, Head and Neck Society; Past-President of the E.N.T. Section of the Royal Society of Medicine of Ireland