How can the Alexander Technique help

Pain Management

Pain is a signal that all is not well. It is the body’s way of sending warning messages to the brain when there is an injury, a sensation that can cause discomfort, distress and agony. Pain can affect people physically and emotionally.

Receptor nerve cells sense pain and send messages through the central nervous system to your brain which in turn trigger a series of automatic responses in the body including muscle contraction, shortness in breath, perspiration and increased heart rate. Muscle contraction is a way of anesthetising pain because there is less sensation in tense muscles, but there is also less blood flow and movement.  This response sets up patterns of contraction around the injured area, affecting balance coordination. Often we hold on to these patterns of use long after the pain is gone, suggesting that the body remains on high alert when it is not necessary. 

Alexsander Technique and pain managementIn Alexander Technique lessons you will learn how to recognise your patterns of thought and movement in response to pain,  how to let go of unhelpful contraction, reduce excess muscular tension and restoring calm within the system. 

A recent controlled trial, published in the British Medical journal, comparing the Alexander Technique with exercise and massage for managing chronic and recurrent back pain, found that lessons in the Alexander Technique have long term benefits for people with chronic back pain.

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