"diseases" of modern society are reaching epidemic proportions. These
include backache, neck and shoulder pain, arthritis and spinal
diseases, asthma and auto-immune conditions, depression, neuroses and
very centre of "diseases of modern society", come 6 million cases of
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the US alone and many more
millions around the world.
answer to many, if not all of these diseases will never be found in a
laboratory. Countless experimental drugs come and go from the market
every year but sufferers hopes of cure for these diseases are still
events surrounding the XMRV controversy demonstrate just how desperate
sufferers are to believe in a silver bullet that will take away all
their suffering in a single pill. Even before XMRV had even been shown
to be most likely the result of lab contamination, sufferers and even
doctors with the condition were attempting anti-retroviral therapies
off their own back.
answer of course to some illnesses is to be found in the very way we
live our lives, and this is why I employ the Alexander Technique as a
very powerful additional strategy to my core techniques as a key part
of my Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue recovery strategy.
Technique can restore free choice to peoples' lives - free from the
tensions and worries that we impose largely upon ourselves.
describes his view of the process of decline:
in possibly the most advanced, civilized, democratic and technological
society on the planet yet the lack of "real" happiness manifested by
most adults is due to the fact that they are experiencing a continually
degrading and dysfunctional use of their "psycho-physical" selves.
deterioration is a manifestation of our personality traits, flaws and
temperament. These characteristics of badly coordinated people,
struggling through life burdened with maladjustments, combine together
and generate conditions of irritation and pressure which are self
process of decline is referred to as Alexander’s definition of
another way, our psychological state begins to deteriorate and our
physical state alters to mirror the decline in emotional wellbeing.
Alexander is firmly of the belief that this decline is at the core of
many diseases of modern society including new Western diseases such as
Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia which would previously have been
largely classified as nervous conditions or psychological illness and
until recently even treated as such.
move is a mirror of our emotional state.
need evidence of this phenomenon, examine the movements of a person who
is in the first throes of love and compare it to a person on their way
to work on a Monday morning to do a job they do not really like or
grow through childhood into adults, our natural happy state is replaced
by fear. Fear of failure, rejection, and financial worries. At first
the fear is only psychological but slowly it infiltrates into our very
muscular and skeletal makeup.
by the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is our fear reflex, often
referred to as "fight or flight". It is of course no coincidence that
the ANS is a key system implicated in recent developments in
Fibromyalgia and CFS research, and the focus of a great deal of my
Clive L. Haslam,
(B.A, M.Sc, PgDip)
CFS/ Fibromyalgia Research.
CFS/ Fibromyalgia Sufferer.
Fibromyalgia/ Chronic Fatigue
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