There is strong evidence that Alexander Technique lessons can be effective at reducing back pain. A large study published in the British Medical Journal in 2008 found Alexander Technique lessons to be more effective than other methods such as normal GP care, exercise, and massage at reducing back pain. To watch a short video on the study, see the bottom of this page. To see the full study click here.
Almost everyone suffers from back pain at some point in their life. Sometimes it is temporary and disappears on its own, but very often it sticks around for years or even decades. Despite the wonders of modern medicine, back pain is something that is still very difficult to deal with, and the usual treatments advised by doctors are often temporary at best.
Sometimes the cause is obvious such as a car accident, sports injury, or that that time you bent down to pick something up and it hasn’t been the same since. But very often it just kind of appears gradually or on and off, and you don’t really know why you are having it or how to get rid of it. The usual treatments that people take can help, but many approaches to dealing with back pain leave out the most important factor – how you use your back.
There are certain ways of moving your body that are almost guaranteed to cause pain, and other ways that put a minimum amount of strain on your joints and spine. Think of your body kind of like a car. If you drive around all day with the gas and brake on at the same time, things are going to wear out quicker than they should. Very often this is exactly what people are doing with their bodies during the day. They are moving around in ways that put excess wear and tear on their spine and joints, literally working against themselves and forcing their body to work way harder than it needs to.
The Alexander Technique can help you learn ways of sitting, standing, bending, lifting, and walking that are less likely to cause pain. The knowledge of how your back works is something you can take with you for the rest of your life, so you won’t need to keep going for treatment when things flare up. Lessons can help you recognize and prevent the things you are doing with your body that often cause back pain, so you can get on with your life and focus on things other than your aching back.
Ready to live with fewer aches and pains? Have a question? I’ll be waiting to hear from you.
Below is a short video about the British Medical Journal study on back pain and the Alexander Technique.