If you suffer from back pain, the Alexander Technique can help you identify the causes and work to prevent it

It is estimated that four out of five adults will suffer back pain in their lifetime. Often the causes of this pain stem from problems with posture, how you sit at your desk, drive your car, even how you are when you are relaxed. For example, you may spend long periods slumped over a laptop or a mobile phone. If your life involves heavy lifting or operating tools that cause your body strain then, again, these factors could play a part in causing your aches and pains.

The Alexander Technique works by helping you to identify and prevent any harmful postural habits. In a lesson, you will learn to release tension and rediscover balance in your mind and body. Re-educating yourself may mean less time being unable to do the things you want to do.

Alexander teachers have long been convinced that the Technique can make a huge difference to people suffering from back pain, but until 2008 couldn’t point to any academic research that would be taken seriously by the medical profession. Then, in that year, a clinical trial was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and was featured on its front cover. The trial evaluated the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique compared with other interventions for chronic and recurrent low back pain. It found that the Technique promoted an 86% reduction in pain compared with normal GP care. As you can imagine, the publication of these results generated a lot of column inches. You can read more about the trial here.

To find out how the Alexander Technique can free you from back pain please call me on 07919 333388 or get in touch via the contact form.

Above right: Demonstrating how to lift
a heavy box without straining the back

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