30 year old manual worker
Matt had an industrial
several years ago and
both of the bones in his lower right leg, just above the ankle.
Following surgery and rehabilitation he was left with a limited range
of movement in the ankle and was not able to rely on it to take his
After returning to work and whilst driving a fork lift a sudden jarring
caused by the road surface caused extreme pain in his thoracic spine,
so much so that he had to be lifted out of the fork lift.
We worked together initially to ease the pain in his upper back, mainly
with a great deal of "table "work. This proved to be quickly
effective - the more so because of Matt's enthusiasm to put
practice what he had been learning in the lessons. Gradually we
explored the influence which his earlier injury had had on his general
pattern of movement. This revealed a tendency to "hold" himself up, off
of his damaged ankle, by fixing through his thoracic spine. We
discovered that it was possible to not do this and still be able to
stand! By the end of his lessons Matt's back pain had gone, he had
slightly improved mobility in his ankle and a greatly enhanced
confidence in his ability to balance and move. He was also able to
return to full time work.
Helping with Pregnancy
came for some
lessons because she had heard that it might help her with back pain
during pregnancy. Her first pregnancy had been difficult
she had experienced a lot of pain, particularly in later pregnancy, in
her lower back. She wanted to see if she could find better ways of
moving and carrying her second child, as well as dealing with her
Rebecca came for
from quite early in her pregnancy, and was very happy with the results,
being able to continue lessons until a week before the baby arrived.
She noticed how much less strain she had in her back, and that dealing
with her two-year-old was not as difficult as it had been. She could
pick him up without fear of her back going in to spasm. She was able to
learn some techniques for resting, so she could get comfortable and
relax during the day, and she also found she was sleeping better at
night. She said she didn't know how she would have coped with the
second pregnancy without the Alexander Technique, as she had had back
problems for many years and realised that being pregnant could have
made them much worse.