Alexander's Approach to Diseases of Modern Society, 

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue.

how to beat fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome


Many "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 insomnia. 
At the 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. 
The 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 decades away.


Recent 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.


The 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.


Alexander's Technique can restore free choice to peoples' lives - free from the tensions and worries that we impose largely upon ourselves.



Alexander describes his view of the process of decline:


"We live 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.  


This 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 perpetuating."


This process of decline is referred to as Alexander’s definition of “unhappiness”.


Put 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.


How we move is a mirror of our emotional state.


If you 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 enjoy.


As we 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.


Controlled 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 techniques.






Clive L. Haslam, (B.A, M.Sc, PgDip)

CFS/ Fibromyalgia Research.

CFS/ Fibromyalgia Sufferer.



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