Chronic Pain

Many of my students suffer from back, neck, shoulder pain, TMJ, and repetitive strain injuries. I work closely with physicians, physical, occupational and speech therapists, as well as other professionals to provide balanced care. The Alexander Technique complements these modalities in picking up where treatment leaves off — in addressing how to use the body correctly in the tasks of daily living.

elizabeth-with-patient-on-stairsOften harmful postural and movement patterns are at the root of injuries that develop over time. An area becomes weakened by poor alignment and then one wrong move triggers the pain cycle. For people recovering from accidents, the Alexander Technique helps release tension patterns that develop around protecting an injured area and restores balanced use of the musculature. 

A study published in the British Medical Journal demonstrated an improvement in people with back pain using the Alexander Technique compared with other treatment modalities.  It also found that the improvements were longer lasting in those receiving Alexander lessons, even in a one year post test.