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Candace Cox

Who uses the Alexander Technique?

People suffering from chronic pain.

- RSI (Carpel Tunnel Syndrome), TMJ, disc and back problems, headaches, foot and knee pain and even some arthritis are often the result of “working against ourselves”, and can often be radically improved.

hope- Students suffering from pain as a result of medical conditions like cancer, fibromyalgia, sclerderma and others can benefit greatly by reducing excess strain and tension and coming to a sense of balance.

- Students suffering from debilitating illness like Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can often use this work to increase or maintain their functioning, or at least greatly slow the onset of symptoms, even in the face of a progressive diagnosis.

Recent clinical studies have shown that people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease needed reduced medications and functioned with fewer symptoms than they did at the beginning of the trial, even 6 weeks after Alexander lessons were stopped. More information on medical research on the Alexander Technique can be found on the www.stat.org.uk website.

A final note about pain...

In my experience, pain comes from three general sources:  a chemical, medical condition, such as cancer or arthritis; an external injury, like being thrown from a horse or in a car accident; or a functional misunderstanding – in other words, moving or “using’ yourself (usually unconsciously) in such a way as to bring about pain.  Interestingly, this misuse of the self is always an aggravating factor in the other two types of pain… so although the AT cannot cure illness, it can alleviate many symptoms to sometimes shocking degrees, and although it cannot take away the reality of damage, it can help a student stop further aggravating an injury and give it a chance to heal. An added side bonus is the AT has been clinically shown to improve respiratory function – and movement of oxygen through the system is essential not only to good general health, but to healing.

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