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Why sciatica relief from the Alexander Technique is possible

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Do you suffer from sciatica, and are you wondering if the Alexander Technique can finally provide relief from the pain?


Sciatica can leave you in excruciating pain on one side of your body. You may feel numbness, weakness or shooting pain and have difficulty moving or walking. The Alexander Technique is a popular treatment option that may provide you with relief.

What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique is considered an educational method that focuses on improving posture and movement to alleviate pain, tension and stress. The goal is to work on the coordination of the musculoskeletal system, so the patient finds relief from sciatica and other conditions. A professional who is educated in this technique can guide you by changing your posture and movement habits during lessons that can last 30 to 60 minutes.

There are two main parts to the Alexander Technique. First, you have table work or chair work that involves guidance through movements as you learn to relieve tension and stress. Second, you get guidance during normal activities such as walking, standing, sitting or reaching that help you adjust your posture and coordinate your movements better. The teacher or practitioner does not manipulate your body like a chiropractor and instead relies on gentle touch.

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How does the Alexander Technique help sciatica?

From foot pain to lower back pain, sciatica can be severe and debilitating. The Alexander Technique is not invasive, so it is often a popular treatment option. If you suffer from sciatica, you may want to consider trying the Alexander Technique to fight your pain.

A professional or practitioner who has studied the Alexander Technique can work with you to change your posture, movements and habits that may be contributing to your sciatica. In most cases, private lessons are recommended because they provide one-on-one interaction and guidance. However, group lessons may still work for your situation. During the lessons, you will learn to adjust how you sit, walk, stand or reach, so you can reduce pain.

Side effects and other concerns

Although the Alexander Technique does not require any medications or surgical procedures, there are a few side effects you need to consider. In rare cases, you may have muscle spasms or twitching. However, most patients do not experience any negative effects from this treatment.

If you have a herniated disc, spinal injury, fracture or other serious medical condition, then the Alexander Technique may not be right for you, and you should consider other treatments. In addition, your health insurance company may or may not cover the Alexander Technique, and you will need multiple lessons to get the full impact.