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Could the Alexander Technique Be A Good Pain Management Technique For You?

Until recently, I never heard of the Alexander Technique.  But it has been around since the mid-1900s. Frederick Mathias Alexander was an  Australian actor who suffered bouts of laryngitis when performing.  Doctors could not seem to help him; in time he came to find a way to help himself. He came to realize that excess tension in his neck and body were at the root of his problems, and his discovered a method by which he could help himself to reduce the stress and the tension...and thus the Alexander Technique was born!




The doctors who treated Mr. Alexander were quite impressed with the outcome of his efforts. He was persuaded to help others with what he had taught himself.  Over a span of about fifty years he refined his technique to become the Alexander Technique we know today.  Following his death, a number of people who learned from Mr. Alexander taught the technique to others.  Even though you may have never heard of it, this method is alive and well for those who wish to learn it.

A recent study of British patients with chronic neck pain illustrates the promise that this technique may offer those with chronic pain.  The researchers studied the usual medical approach for neck pain compared with acupuncture and/or Alexander Technique treatment. Great improvements were seen in the subjects who received these alternative forms of care!

For more about the Alexander Technique, click here.

For more information about the British study, follow this link.

Wikipedia also has an interesting article on this topic....you can read it here!

Sources: Painweek.org; Alexandertechnique.com; Pixabay

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