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Stand up to Chronic Pain

Written by Lynsey Metcalfe   Posted in:Alexander Technique   November 13, 2018

Stand up to Chronic Pain
When we are in pain, caused by a health condition, injury or simply the things that we do to ourselves in everyday movement, we respond by tensing our muscles and trying to protect the area that is causing us pain. The Alexander Technique teaches us to respond differently. To have the freedom to choose our responses, and to learn to move easily without excess muscle tension.

So many of us think that adopting a rigid posture is the right way to deal with pain.  Stand up tall with a string pulling us up towards the ceiling! Improving our general posture helps enormously of course but the way many of us go about this is incorrect.  Standing up ramrod-tall in a fixed way, to maintain an artificial position, only adds tension and leads to more discomfort. Instead, why don’t we retrain ourselves to move without tension, in a fluid and easy way just as we were designed to do?

Meet Sally

Sally is 51. She was referred to me by her doctor who had prescribed anti-inflammatories for a chronic back condition. She was getting by but was increasingly frustrated and worn out by the constant ache and tightness in her lower back. We worked together to remove Sally’s habitual response to tighten her lower back in response to pain, and to stop the unhelpful patterns of thought and movement that were holding her back. Sally still has some residual inflammation, but the constant ache and tightness has gone.  She reports that she is moving much more freely and is able to sit at her desk without being in agony at the end of the day. She has gone from being someone who asked “what on earth is the Alexander Technique?” to saying “why on earth doesn’t everyone know about the Alexander Technique? It’s so effective!”.

What is The Alexander Technique?

In short, it’s a method of retraining our thinking in relation to movement. It utilises the body’s natural predilection to move with fluidity and ease, if we first remove the interference that most of us put on ourselves on a daily basis! Whilst the Alexander Technique will not cure an injury or disease, it can work on improving our response to an injury, a disease or an everyday ache or pain by minimising the interference that we put into our activities, and allowing ourselves to move without tension or stress.

Not many people know this but if you have health insurance, contact your provider as the Alexander Technique is often covered.

For more information or to book a session, please contact Lynsey Metcalfe at Bridge To Health.

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