Alexander Technique For Sciatica Relief

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Your body movement and posture is of vital importance, not only because it helps you form a definitive structure, but is also significantly helpful for getting rid of muscle strains. Muscle strains are infamous factors of causing fatigue and stress. This is precisely where the Alexander technique comes of use, mainly because of its capability to eliminate common issues that form as a result of improper postural habits. Examples may be constant slouching, tilting of head when you tend to call someone, or even walking with your head tilted when carrying a bag on your shoulder. This technique aims at training an individual to have a proper posture when sitting or walking, thus liberating him or her from muscle strains.

Poor or improper posture can be a result of several factors. It is not uncommon to notice a child, or even an adult, sitting or walking with a bent back. Now, if someone were to tell them to sit or walk with a straight back, most would react by straightening themselves, thereby imposing constant tension in their spinal muscles. This might look good for a while, but in fact is quite unnecessary, and even tiring. Proper posture can also be attained by finding the right balance between your relaxing head, neck and trunk. Additionally, some other factors include wearing tight clothing and high heels, since this also inhibits muscle movement.


The exercises are based on the principle that the entire body can move freely, and the head, neck and trunk are appropriately aligned. Conclusively, you have to be aware of the differences between the right and wrong body posture and movements for effectively reducing muscle tension.


Frederick Mathias Alexander, an Australian actor, is the inventor of this technique. The Alexander technique was invented some time in the nineteenth century. It all started when he discovered he was starting to lose his voice. Not wanting to end his career then, he began focusing on the possible reasons behind this and also on finding a cure. When examining his movements in a three-sided mirror, Frederick concluded that the postures largely affected his vocal chords, especially those that involved his head, neck and torso. He then started on a series of exercises, and as a result, he was soon able to get his voice back to normal. Encouraged by his exercises and inspired by the results, he named the exercises after his own name, and even began to guide others using the same steps.


Before you begin training using the Alexander exercises, ensure that your trainer possesses all the necessary qualifications. Take a look at your trainer’s credentials to ensure he or she is a certified trainer.


The Alexander techniques are recommended by physiotherapists and even by some health experts. Additionally, these exercises are also recommended by health and rehabilitation centers and pain clinics.


The Alexander technique is rarely recommended for patients suffering from neck as well as back pain. Moreover, your doctor may recommend these exercises if you are suffering from mild scoliosis (spinal curvature). These exercises can also help enhance lung functioning and breathing, and therefore are also recommended for people suffering from asthma.


Each session ideally lasts for about 30-45 minutes. The number of sessions, or lessons that you will be required to take mainly depends on the severity of your situation, while also keeping in mind the time taken by your body to respond to these exercises. However, an average of 10-15 sessions are required by an individual to resolve their issues.

Alexander exercises are not just about keeping yourself fit, they also aim to educate a person about the different ways in which the various parts of a human body are inter-related. In fact, this is something that your trainer will discuss about in the first class. Subsequent sessions will include the assessment of the trainee’s body, his or her posture and movements. This is usually done using a mirror so that you can differentiate between what is good and bad for your body.

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