"97% of people with back pain could benefit by learning the Alexander Technique - it is only a very small minority of back pain sufferers that require medical intervention such as surgery."
Jack Stern, Renowned Spinal Neurosurgeon
Back Pain Support
Back pain is often prevented or helped by working on improving movement and carrying ourselves well (sitting, standing, bending, lifting, etc). The way you use your back affects the way it functions and so by using your back well you are less likely to cause strain and pain.
Previous injuries, bulging discs and other musculoskeletal issues can cause pain and therefore excess tension to build up. This can increase compression and so the situation can spiral into more pain and compression and so on. I can help interrupt this cycle by teaching you procedures to release tight muscles and to support yourself well without collapsing into a slump or hauling yourself upright.
The Medical Research Council & NHS funded trial (BMJ 19 Aug 2008) showed the Alexander Technique provides long term benefit for back pain sufferers.
24 AT lessons led to a reduction from 21 days a month in pain to 3 days a month and to an improvement in functioning and quality of life.
Alexander Technique is included in the May 2009 NICE guidelines for low back pain.
Steve has been a painter and decorator for over 25 years. He has suffered from recurring back pain and sciatica over a number of years as a result of having to spend time working kneeling, in awkward positions and also using his arm in a repetitive motion. He has found some relief from seeing his Chiropractor to whom he is very grateful. Steve had six lessons in the Alexander Technique, once a week and now has tools that he can use to manage his back himself.
"The best thing you can do is to go to someone to teach you how to help yourself. The long term benefits of being able to understand your ability to do this is the best thing you can discover."
Stephen Grantham, former pupil