Learning to sit, stand, and move correctly seems to be a long-term way of coping with the back pain, one of the top reasons people go on disability. And if it helps back pain sufferers avoid medication, this strategy not only lowers the risk of drug side effects, it also keeps that medication from finding its way into the waste stream and our drinking water. Want to try it?
• Click here to see if there’s a qualified teacher in your neck of the woods. Prices for Alexander technique lessons vary, but expect to pay about $60 a pop. You could also check out the many books on the subject, though this study only focused on in-person lessons.
Wear loose-fitting clothing to class and enjoy yourself. "One of the most surprising things that students find is that they don’t have to work so hard," says Mary McCann, Certified Alexander Technique Teacher. “In a supportive atmosphere, you will learn practical skills to gain more freedom and ease of movement.”
"Many students report an increased sense of lightness, and more comfortable, pleasurable movement after an Alexander Technique lesson,” McCann adds.
• While you’re searching for a class, try to be as active as your discomfort will allow: Studies show that activity is better for a bad back than being bed-ridden.