Pain may be caused by a medical condition OR by muscle tensions that you are holding unconsciously.
The Problem with Pain
Pain is a complex phenomenon. There is still no clear and established theory of pain and how it can be managed or prevented.
It may be caused by a medical condition OR by habitual muscle tensions that you are holding unconsciously.
The first step in dealing with pain is to go for a check up to find out if your pain has a medical reason.
If Your Pain is Caused by a Medical Condition
- You need medical help. You need to consult a doctor you trust and are comfortable with.
- The Alexander Technique can be a useful supplement. Once you have got medical help, it’s very likely that the Alexander Technique can be a useful complement in the healing process.
If Your Pain is Caused by Muscular Tension
- Medical treatment may not work. It can certainly reduce tension, but if holding tension is your habit, you’ll just go straight back into it.
- The Alexander Technique can help. It helps you reduce the habitual muscular tension you carry. Your movements then put much less stress on your muscles.
How do you know the difference? Well, the doctor will tell you if there’s no medical condition as such, and your pain is caused by tension, or stress, or bad posture. In this case, the Alexander Technique can help.
Tension in ‘Invisible’ Actions
This is the tension you carry in yourself as you do the simple, everyday activities of your daily routine.
- Sitting down
- Standing up
- Walking around
- Holding a cup of tea
- Reaching for things
These same tension patterns then get carried over into more complex activities like your computer work, or your performing, where they cause much more damage and pain.
How Can the Alexander Technique Help?
The Alexander Technique helps you get to the root of the problem.
It helps you
- recognise the tension as it builds up.
- release it before it becomes active pain.
- apply these skills to your daily activities.
Activities You Can Try
Perhaps you’d like to try some activities for yourself?
- Go through What the Alexander Technique Is Not. This will give you a clear idea of how exactly the Alexander Technique can help you.
- You can start with Active Rest, which is a way of lying down that can rest and refresh you.
- If you want to explore further, check out Things to Try. The activities here will give you an idea of what Alexander Technique work is like.
- You can also opt for lessons. At the moment, the only option available is the online one. You can explore, in the safety of your home, how the Alexander Technique helps you to manage, reduce or prevent pain. Go on to Online Learning for more information about your options.
- Prefer an introductory lesson straightaway? Contact me to book a lesson – online, of course!
In comparison with our knowledge of the forces operating in the external world, we know next to nothing about the forces operating inside our own skins. (Frank Pierce Jones)