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How the Alexander Technique can help you recover from Repetitive Strain Injuries

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Frequent computer usage has led to an increase in Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs), a group of painful and debilitating musculoskeletal conditions affecting the upper limbs. Anyone whose job involves repetitive movements such as typing, cutting, or assembly line work is at risk of developing RSI. Sufferers include factory workers, tradespeople, administrators, athletes, writers, artists, and musicians. If you’re already battling the effects of RSI, here are some ways The Alexander Technique can aid the healing process.

 

Photo: C. Pizzuti
Photo: C. Pizzuti

It can help you fix bad habits



The silver lining is that RSIs force us to confront unhealthy behaviour and make positive adjustments. The Alexander Technique can assist with this by making you more aware of your movements, allowing you to address the cause of your RSI, and by helping you put modifications in place.

 

It can help improve your posture


Another contributing factor to RSI is poor posture. The Alexander Technique teaches you how to minimise work performed in awkward or stationary positions, and avoid the muscular tension required to maintain them. This reduces the strain on your body, preventing pain and fatigue, as well as swelling and inflammation.

 

It can provide relief from pain



The Alexander Technique employs self-monitoring and activity modification to alleviate chronic pain. It can be used to manage pain caused by common musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, arthritis, and back problems.

 

It can improve your mental state

The Alexander Technique can be an effective tool for reducing stress and anxiety by controlling thoughts and breathing and releasing tension. Muscle tension can increase strain, leading to RSIs, so managing your stress levels can decrease your risk of injury or re-injury.

 

It can help you regain control



RSI doesn’t have to derail your life or your career. The Alexander Technique can help you master your condition, so you can resume your normal activities.

Sydney Alexander Technique can help sufferers fight back against RSI. Our trained staff employ a personal approach, catering lessons to students’ needs. Contact us today to find out how we can help you change your life for the better.

 

About Kathy Driscoll

I want to share information, insights and a few stories about Alexander Technique with you. I’ve used Alexander Technique in some extreme circumstances including the birth of my twins and when I had appendicitis!  I also use Alexander Technique for everyday activities as well.

I have been involved with Alexander Technique for more than 25 years.  I meet Greg Holdaway (Director of Sydney Alexander Technique) just as he was transitioning from a professional career as a dancer into Bill Brenner’s  Alexander Technique teacher training program in Sydney.

Greg now has been teaching for decades, he remains passionate and totally focused on positive results for those he works with, which now include his own teacher training program.

 

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