Help with pain

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 led to significant long-term benefits for people with chronic or recurrent back pain.

A second large clinical trial, funded by Arthritis Research UK, has shown significant long-term benefits for people with chronic neck pain following Alexander lessons.

Both studies demonstrated significant reductions in pain and associated disability for at least 1 year. Lessons in these studies were one-to-one with STAT-registered Alexander Teachers.

At about the age of 45, I began to experience severe pain in both of my knees. I was told I had damaged the cartilage, initially caused by the use of a kicking strap on a sailing dinghy, and made worse by many years of beagling, and to stop beagling or risk ending up in a wheelchair. A few years later a friend suggested the Alexander Technique. At first I was very sceptical, but had also reached the stage where I was ready to try virtually any means to solve the problem. A few weeks after my first lesson, I had gone out beagling, but only walking.

Chris Walsh

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