Pain costs Australians around $34 billion a year in healthcare costs and loss of workforce participation, in addition to the effect on quality of daily life. Much of this daily, chronic pain is associated with back trouble.
Back trouble can be an immensely frustrating problem. In the case of chronic back pain it is often impossible to make a specific diagnosis and many conventional treatments offer only short term relief.
The variables affecting the human back are too numerous and too individual to permit either a straightforward diagnosis or cure.
There is a solution however: you can learn to use your back in a way that can be immediately beneficial. All the heat, massage, traction, rest, mobilisation, exercise, medication etc. will not undo the harmful effects of continual incorrect use of the back in daily life.
The Alexander Technique teaches you to use your back in a way that heals.
In 2008 the British Medical Journal published The Alexander Technique Exercise and Massage Trial (ATEAM). It is of clinical significance that in this study the Alexander Technique was shown to outperform spinal manipulation, massage, exercise and general practitioner management in the reduction of disability and pain associated with chronic lower back pain. It is also a very significant study because of the large sample size (579) people from various general practitioner practices across Western England. The Alexander Technique led to an 86% reduction in days in pain per month and a 42% reduction in disability scores. The people who undertook Alexander Technique lessons went from 21 out of 28 days in pain to a mere three out of 28 days in pain. #
The Alexander Technique is a logical, common sense approach that teaches you a way of using your body with less tension and more efficiency as you carry out your daily activities.
Jane Azul and Paul Hampton of Alexander Technique Bendigo are fully-qualified teachers of the Technique.
You can choose to take individual lessons or to come along to one of our monthly introductory workshops (see our Introductory Workshops page for more details).
Both Jane and Paul are happy to chat with you on the phone or send us an email.
#(Little P, et al. (2008). Randomised Controlled Trial of Alexander Technique Lessons, Exercise, and Massage (ATEAM) for Chronic and Recurrent Back Pain. British Medical Journal, 337:a884.)