Application to medical rehabilitation

The Alexander Technique has been beneficial to people with a wide variety of neurological and musculoskeletal problems. The Technique provides an index for observing and improving human movement and a means to gain proficiency in basic movement skills such as walking, bending, squatting, lunging, moving in bed or transferring to and from seated surfaces. The Technique also adresses habits of muscular response by offering a unique approach to neuromuscular reeducation. The result is a more upright posture and less muscular tension in the neck, back and shoulders. In the case of repetitive stress or traumatic injury, a primary benefit is that students learn proper use of the peripheral joints involved in the injury. Most importantly, they learn a unique self-management process which directly affects the function of those joints: an understanding of balance and dynamic postural control.

Who does it benefit?
People with the following diagnoses/pathologies have found the Technique to significantly increase range of motion, reduce pain, enhance breathing coordination and improve overall functional strength and mobility:

Pain management
-Lyme Disease
-Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
-Lupus -Fibromyalgia

Traumatic Injury
-Orthopedic auto, sports, work injuries

Back, neck and Hip dysfunction
-Disc Herniation
-Dorsum Rotundum
-Scheuermann's Disease
-Rheumatoid arthritis
-Neck and low back syndrome

Repetitive stress injuries
-Typical stress/strain injuries of musicians, dancers, singers, industrial workers, martial artists, aerobic and resistance training exercisors

Neurological dysfuntion
-Parkinson's Disease
-Multiple Sclerosis
-Cerebral Palsy

Respiratory dysfunction
-Paradoxial breathing
-Shallow breathing

Posture/Balance disorders
-Parkinson's Disease
-Traumatic brain injury
-Brain Tumor
-Cerebellar dysfunction

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The great Phase in Man's advancement is that in which he passes from subconsious to conscious control of his own mind and body. - F.M. Alexander