Does Alexander Technique help with back pain?
Yes, Alexander Technique does help with back pain. It is incredibly useful. Many people are able to manage their back pain and lead normal lives. It can help you. The great news is that in most cases, the high quality sensory learning that you complete in an Alexander lesson will give you the skills that you need to overcome back pain. Here’s what you need to know.
What you need to know about back pain
A large percentage of back pain is caused by destructive movement, poor posture and incorrect body mechanics (ie bending at the wrong spots in your body). It’s classed as chronic pain and can last for a few days, weeks, months or sometimes years.
Get your back pain checked out by a medical practitioner. Sometimes back pain can be an indicator of a serious underlying issue. Imaging will give you a good idea of what’s going on and then you can get on with getting over your back pain.
It’s very common for back pain sufferers to be told that there is no visible damage on their x-rays. Although this is good news, it’s also frustrating because the options for understanding and overcoming the back pain become muddied. Pain can come from muscles or nerves, it can be localised or shooting It can range from burning, dull ache to very sharp and electric pain. It is hard for people who aren’t experiencing your pain to understand what you are going through and how it is impacting all areas of your life.
How does Alexander Technique help?
Alexander Technique considers back pain as the result of a whole body habit of posture and movement. To a highly trained eye, the way that you stand, balance and move can provide indicators of conditions that either lead to back pain or exacerbate an already existing issue. Often back pain will involve bracing of the legs, torso and neck. In an Alexander lesson, your teacher will show you ways to circumvent destructive habits that can lead to problem pain. Alexander Technique is primarily a teaching situation, not a treatment. What you learn can resource you to know how to take pressure off your injury site, avoid back pain danger in different situations and relieve pain through simple to follow procedures.
So many people bend at their waist. There’s no bending joint there! It will hurt you if you keep bending at the waist. This is especially so if you add lefting, carrying, pushing or pulling to the mix. Your Alexander Technique teacher shows you how to bend down to the ground without creating dangerous conditions that contribute to back pain. However, this is not a run-of- the-mill manual handling training. Alexander Technique is practical sensory based learning that demonstrates some of the scope that your body has to move freely and efficiently without pain, strain or danger.
Rescue position for immediate relief from pain
Your Alexander Technique teacher can show you a “rescue position” that you can use daily or even a few times a day. It works quickly to help you regain a significant reduction in pain.
Alexander technique is an educational technique that you learn. It has a strong basis in science and anatomy but it teaches whole bodymind unity rather than compartmentalising how humans work.
This means that if you have a bad back, your Alexander teacher will look at the entire range of your movement, posture and balance not just at the area that is in pain.
The Alexander teacher shows you things that you can do to change your movement.
The Alexander approach is very unique. It considers how your patterns of movement influence and undermine your actual movement. Then, it teaches you techniques to change the underlying patterns.
Alexander Technique has been taught for over 120 years with consistent anecdotal evidence of its positive impact for learners.
Over the last 70 or more years there have been numerous studies undertaken on Alexander Technique’s effectiveness in assisting people. Research is ongoing as there is no clearly understood mechanism to explain why AT is so successful. In some areas science is just now able to offer explanations for the efficacy of Alexander Technique learning.
Have a look at these studies for a scientist’s view of Alexander Technique
How does AT work-a new model 2020 paper just published. click here
Effectiveness of Alexander Technique for Chronic back pain sufferers click here
Blue Mountains Back Pain Management
Alexander Technique is a useful skill to learn to help in the management of back and/or neck pain. It’s a modest fee and some of your time to change your life. What are you waiting for?
If you live in the Blue Mountains, you don’t have to travel far to see experienced teachers. We’re in Leura. We have years of Alexander practice. We can help.