How the Alexander Technique Can Help Relieve Chronic Pain
The Alexander Technique is a form of self-care, and is a holistic approach to relieving pain. The Alexander Technique focuses on the cause of the pain rather than simply treating the symptoms which is the common medical approach.
The Alexander Technique teaches you to release muscular tension that can cause back, neck and shoulder pain, repetitive stress injuries (RSI) and stress disorders.
The Alexander Technique will help you take care of yourself like nobody else will! The technique will allow you to make more intelligent decisions. As stressors and stimulus come from the outside, we are not conscious of our reactionary patterns. Over time we accumulate unhealthy habits where our shoulders tighten and become hunched, we pull our bodies down, our muscles tighten and our breathing becomes shallow. We physically and mentally wear down.
To a large degree we cannot control the external stimulus; however, we can control our reaction to it.
AT THE OFFICE
Do you sit without back, neck and shoulder strain? Sitting is the one activity we do for hours at a time. We are designed to move and when you don’t, your whole body tightens. Having a postural awareness to how we are doing an activity is key! When you engage in the Alexander Technique you to feel calmer, think more clearly and work more efficiently.
Today there are office ergonomic specialist who will come to your office to see how you interact with your office set up and surroundings: desk, computer, keyboard and surprisingly the lighting. This is all very important, however, even a million dollar chair won’t make you sit up straight. One very important factor in any activity we do is how we do it. It’s how use affects function. Through bad use our postural muscles get weak and we find a new familiar…slumping. It seems to be easy and it is well…it’s just a habit.
Most of the time these little habits add up to big back and shoulder aches. The Alexander Technique will bring your back to a healthier you. A natural way to live in the here and now! By being more aware of how we are sitting or standing we are more conscious in our thinking and this will help you produce quality in your job performance and help you to stay healthy.
FACTS ABOUT BACK PAIN AT THE OFFICE
Worldwide, back pain is the single leading case of disability, preventing many people from engaging in work as well as other everyday activities.
Most cases of back pain are mechanical — meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, or fracture.
Back pain costs Americans at least $50 billion in health care costs each year — add in lost wages and decreased productivity and that figure easily rises to more than $100 billion.
Studies have demonstrated the Alexander Technique will help you to reduce:
Relieves muscular tension
Increases range of motion and breathing capacity
Improves balance and coordination
Relieves stress disorders and migraines
Relieves neck, back, wrist and hip disorder