Case Studies

Case Study: “Slipped” Discs

Angela, former elite athlete now in her late 50’s, had a history of back pain, and an apparently unresolved tear in her piriformus muscle. She had two bulging discs and she had had to put off overseas travel because she couldn’t sit without agony. She had regular Alexander Technique lessons and steadily improved the way […]

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Case Study: Chronic Neck Pain

Carrie is a 35 year old public servant who keeps herself very fit with a wide range of exercise. However, she has struggled with neck pain over the last 8 years. She has seen various practitioners with little result. In her first 3 Alexander lessons Carrie started to recognise that she needlessly tenses and contracts […]

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Case Study: Misuse in a Musician, Leading to All Sorts of Problems!

Mitch started having Alexander Technique lessons because of technical difficulties and inconsistency in his playing which was interfering with his career as a violinist. He had studied at the NSW Conservatorium, played in the opera and ballet orchestra and was on a scholarship doing a postgrad performance degree when these problems brought him up short. […]

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Case Study: Singing and Postural Support

Chris is an up-and-coming classical singer. His teachers could see that he was having challenges with posture, but neither he nor they could improve matters. His way of supporting himself in the upright, which was of course “normal”, automatic and habitual, involved a pattern of tension in his neck, chest and legs. This not only […]

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Case Study: Scoliosis

Over the years we have given lessons to many people, usually women, who have some degree of scoliosis (a lateral twist in the spine). Recently  2 women, each with a strong scoliosis, have commenced Alexander lessons. Why? The spinal changes involved in scoliosis are not generally considered amenable to change. However, as we have seen […]

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