The Alexander Technique offers new hope for back pain sufferers

By Dr. Philip R. Schalow
Owner, 1st Step Chiropractic, S.C.

You know the process … “Be careful about overdoing it.” The little tape in your head runs on and on, until you are safely cocooned in bed. Maybe it plays when you bend, maybe it plays when you stretch, but whenever it plays, you know your back is not happy. You don’t like it, either, because you are supposed to be mobile, alert, functioning and fit! There isn’t room in your schedule to be out of commission. People aren’t supposed to know you have a problem, because your job or your reputation may be on the line.

Perhaps you have tried the pills, the shots and you’re thinking there’s nothing else to do except surgery. Except, there are still a few very good, conservative options open to you. One is the Alexander Technique.

For more than 100 years, the Alexander Technique has been taught to all kinds of people to help them regain muscle tone and balance. From actors to pastors, musicians to medical doctors, people have found that Alexander Technique gives them a practical system for correcting problems related to tension and poor posture.

Dr. Jack Stern, spinal neurosurgeon, said, “97 percent of people with back pain could benefit by learning the Alexander Technique — it is only a very small minority of back pain sufferers that require medical intervention such as surgery.”

Actor John Cleese said: “I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.”

Participants in a pain center study rated the Alexander Technique the most favored modality in reducing pain.

At 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 11, Dr. Philip Schalow will be hosting a workshop about how the Alexander Technique can help the spine to decompress naturally. This 90-minute workshop will be open to 10 participants who will receive personal coaching. Cost to participate is $10. Resource material will be available. Call (815) 398-4500 to reserve a place in the workshop and to get directions.

Dr. Philip Schalow is owner of 1st Step Chiropractic, Rockford’s center for upper cervical spinal correcting using the NUCCA procedure. He also is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1981.

From the June 5-11, 2013, issue

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