As a sufferer of ankylosing spondilitis: a chronic rheumatic condition, the Alexander Technique helped me discover relationships between physical and psychological ways of “letting go” in order to control pain. In particular, exposure to the Technique has enabled me to break self-perpetuating circuits of pain associated with inflammatory conditions by focusing on inhibiting learned muscle tensing habits which feed on pain and each other.
The Alexander Technique is powerful, drug-free and non-invasive.
It addresses the causes of pain, when these are related to poor posture or misuse, and alleviates pain from other causes by reducing tension and distress.
Applying the Technique may help you:
- during rehabilitation after surgery or injury by teaching you better postural habits
- improve your management of pain
- provide coping skills for disability or chronic illness
A large clinical trial has shown that lessons in the Alexander Technique have let to significant long-term benefits for back pain.
There is currently a large study underway, funded by Arthritis Research UK, into the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique lessons for neck pain involving STAT-registered Alexander Teachers.