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Myths, fantasies, lies and what really works to fix your unshakeable back Pain.

The Alexander Technique can really help you with back pain. It actually helps with most muscular problems including lower back pain, neck strain and even tennis elbow.


The technique was invented by F M Alexander who wrote four books. The Alexander Technique is a far more effective way to deal with back pain than any other techniques.* This is because the Alexander Technique helps you to understand that most problems stem from our own behaviour both mentally and physically. Rather than depending on a practitioner to fix you, the Alexander Technique teaches you to work on yourself.

Self Help

When people start using the Alexander Technique usually after three or four sessions of Alexander Technique lessons pain is improved. However, in the more serious case, where multiple other treatments have failed, the Alexander Technique can still be of great help, but over a longer period.

Over the years many people have realised that much of their muscular pain is also related to their emotional and psychological attitudes which Alexander Technique subtly addresses. If a person has a tension running deep over many years it may take 30 sessions of Alexander Technique to start to shift the pain. In my capacity as an Alexander Technique teacher, I have not managed to find a single person to have this many lessons and still experience back pain.

Be Consistent

Sadly, many people stop their Alexander Technique lessons before they have given it enough of a chance to penetrate their own malfunctions. It is practically impossible to use the Alexander Technique as described in F M Alexanders’ books and still experience pain. If this does happen I would recommend a long course in therapy as it is bound to be psychological issues which are preventing a person from moving on. Of course, the exception is when a person has a debilitating medical condition. The simple fact remains that the majority of people do not and simply need to address their own very personal issues to fix their back pain. Using the Alexander Technique could seriously improve your life.

*Source BMJ 2008


Nick Chapman is an Alexander Technique teacher in private practice.

He qualified as a teacher at The Constructive Teaching Centre Lansdowne road in Holland Park and is a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. He holds the certificate for teachers of the F. Matthias Alexander Technique. He was trained by W.H.M. Carrington.and D.M.G. Carrington. W.H.M. Carrington studied with Alexander and was the most influential teacher in the country. He is now a legend. His wife Dylis was also his teacher and was just as influential.

Nick Chapman is employed by Merrill Lynch and UBS as the resident Alexander Teacher.

Nick Chapman has considerable experience in the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal, stress and anxiety related problems.

He worked with the Odyssey Trust, where he used Alexander Technique and other relaxation methods for the relief of drug withdrawal.

He also worked in nursing homes where the nurses found great benefits using the technique for stress and the management of various physical problems from maneuvering and handling high risk patients.