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Employees with back pain may find relief in acting technique

On Behalf of | Feb 2, 2012 | Back & Neck Injuries |

With the large number of employees in Denver who work sitting down, many people in Colorado have developed serious back pain. Luckily, workers in Denver and throughout the rest of Colorado that suffer from sore backs and other kinds of back pain are finding relief in a traditional form of treatment.

Eight out of 10 people in the United States suffer from back pain, said the National Institutes of Health. Back pain and back-related injuries can also lead to time off of work and workers’ compensation. Because back pain can easily develop into something more serious, it is important that injured Denver employees apply for workers’ compensation and recover fully before returning to work.

According to a study by a respected medical journal, the Alexander technique has been proven to diminish muscle tension and unnecessary strain on the body. It requires the person to move and hold themselves in a position of skeletal alignment and can reduce chronic back pain up to 86 percent.

Although the technique has recently been used to cure sore backs, it is more known in the world of art than health. Actors, singers and other celebrities have used it since the 1980s and swear by the technique.

One board-certified instructor of the Alexander technique said he has begun offering classes to teach people how to counteract sitting, standing and moving habits that add extra weight to the neck and spine. An additional 20 pounds can be placed on those areas due to posture, he added, and many people are looking to stop the pain that comes from the extra pressure.

According to researchers, those who took roughly 24 classes per year found increased coordination and flexibility. Just last year, a study found that the Alexander technique helped reduce stiffness and improve muscle responses with people who suffer from lower back pain.

Source: Sun Sentinel, “Age-old Alexander technique a new way to deal with back pain,” Nicole Brochu, Jan. 20, 2012


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