Fibromyalgia pain results in broken sleep patterns and so worsening of
Chronic Fatigue. A real vicious circle. Where does the Alexander
technique come in. Lets start with the commonly recognized sequence of
We know that stress causes anxiety in all animals.
Anxiety results in the endocrine system producing excess levels of
adrenaline and cortisol.
Continued high levels of adrenaline and cortisol have been
scientifically proven to result in ulcers, high blood pressure and
tension headaches. These are known short terms effects. Longer term
effects can be even more severe.
approach tries to address the holistic totality of the body. We already
know that we can apply conscious control over thought processes such as
anxiety and tension. The Alexander technique is about applying these
same conscious thought processes to using the skeletal
muscles. And if we are able to do this so we can begin to
improve and regain overall good health.
not need to assimilate the entirety of Alexanders great works only that
which is specifically relevant to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. We
need to examine Alexanders approach to musculoskeletal pain.
looks at the body as an entire functional entity. His approach is
holistic. For example, to solve a problem that manifests in one
specific area of the back Alexander proposes that this cannot be healed
without addressing the whole back and how it is used as a
is in being aware of and able to control our entire supporting
musculature. Alexander’s teachings allow people to understand and work
with gravity rather than trying to work against it. This will become an
important aspect for all back pain sufferers who strive to overcome
doing less with the body:
an important concept in Alexanders work. And by this we don’t just mean
becoming generally lazier. What Alexander meant was to identify and
remove unrequired muscle tension and habits that result in poor posture
and can be the real genuine cause of serious back pain.
Fibromyalgia sufferers this can be a serious effect. The tension cycle
can maintain and worsen their specific Fibromyalgia trigger points.
often results in degrading sleep patterns, which means less time in
deep healing sleep, more tension overall the next day and so a more
severe experience of pain, and so the cycle continues.
As a Fibromyalgia sufferer if you can intervene in the pain cycle and
prevent or short circuit the terrible attacks of Fibromyalgia pain, you
can learn to avoid dependence on muscle relaxants and painkillers which
over time become less effective and can have their own nasty side
once the cycle is broken less energy can be expended on coping with
has made remarkable medical and scientific advances over the last few
hundred years, but there are still many serious diseases that continue
to baffle doctors and scientists. There is no silver bullet for
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and recent experiences
related to XMRV show that there probably never will be. However, the
techniques I present work powerfully together to address the underlying
causes of these diseases, which results in a sustainable deep healing
Clive L. Haslam,
(B.A, M.Sc, PgDip)
CFS/ Fibromyalgia Research.
CFS/ Fibromyalgia Sufferer.
Fibromyalgia/ Chronic Fatigue
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