Pain Management

Pain and How You Can Relieve It

Did you ever bend down to pick up something off the floor and either as you were going down or as you were coming up — your back gave out?  The pain is excruciating!  Some of us take pain medication, or rub on some sort of cream.   Or we hightail it to our favorite fixer, (massage therapist, chiropractor, physical therapist, acupuncturist) to have somebody else relieve our pain for us.  And, voila!  After our session the pain is gone and we can go on with our lives. These therapies do work to ease the pain and do help the healing for a time, especially with acute injuries.

But then sometimes, an hour, day, or week later the pain returns.  

Why did the pain return?  Because it is possible the therapy addressed the symptom, but not the underlying cause and the therapy didn’t give you a way to sustain the relief on your own.

Do you suffer from the following?  Backache, neck and shoulder stiffness and pain, bursitis, tennis elbow, arthritis, disc trouble, breathing issues, pinched nerves and more.

Alexander Technique teaches people how to move through their daily lives while reducing unnecessary tension in their bodies by relearning how the body can move.   The learning incorporates awareness of how the mind and body are interrelated, as one can affect the other.   As the mind unlearns unhealthy physical habits the body on its own can relearn how to move more easefully.  Results may include easing of pain, more energy, a positive outlook on life and calmer nervous system, to name just a few.

This video summarizes the results of the major back pain study published in the British Medical Journal in 2008. The study showed that the Alexander Technique was highly effective in treating back pain. There have more recently been follow-up studies that confirm this result.