• Chronic pain relief
    “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.”

    J. Stern, Spinal Neurosurgeon

A Different Approach

Do you suffer from chronic pain? If so you are not alone. A recent study shows that almost 20% of Australians suffer from chronic back pain. Practitioners in many different disciplines struggle to make any significant improvement to this statistic – what can Alexander Technique offer that is different?

Let’s start by looking where pain comes from. A major feature of musculoskeletal pain (and often the underlying cause of chronic pain) is the presence of excess tension. And a typical way we respond to pain is by tensing more, which only magnifies the problem! It is too easy to be caught in a vicious spiral of pain and tension.

Tension patterns are built over time into habits that become so familiar they often happen below our consciousness. Alexander Technique works by raising awareness of inappropriate tensions and then providing a mechanism for us to eliminate them.

This is a key distinction – the starting point is not learning new ways of doing things; rather we discover how to stop the existing harmful patterns. If you buy a new lounge suite you need to move the old one out before the new one is brought in. If you install a new kitchen then the first step is to remove the old one’s fittings. So before attempting new ways of doing things your old ways need to go.

The process of unlearning inappropriate habit patterns is what sets the Alexander Technique apart from other approaches. Without this you are simply building new tension on top of the old.

Alexander Technique is recognised for its effectiveness in bringing long-term relief from pain, using steps that guide you through awareness of habitual patterns and on to stopping their activation. Its success in both short term and long term pain management has been recorded in peer reviewed studies, and it is recommended by medical specialists who deal with pain.