Using the Alexander technique to treat a whiplash injury
When you sustain a whiplash injury in a car crash or any other accident you will
undoubtedly suffer neck pain, discomfort, headaches and dizziness. Whiplash symptoms can take a few days to appear but once they do you will be desperate
to get rid of them. Read more about whiplash signs and symptoms.
There are many treatments suggested by health care professionals from pain
killers and heat treatments to neck collars and mobility exercises. Read more
about whiplash injury treatments. However, some whiplash sufferers have tried
and tested the effectiveness of alternative therapies such as the Alexander
What is the Alexander technique?
The founder of the technique, F.M Alexander, found that excessive tension
restricts movements and creates pressure on the joints, spine, breathing
mechanism and other organs. He recognised that this harmful tension needs to
be eradicated and so devised a technique that improves ease and freedom of
movement, balance, support and coordination by changing movement habits in
everyday activities such as sitting, standing and lifting.
Unlike most children who move fluidly and have good posture, many adults
acquire tension habits associated with their movement and chronically misuse
their muscles. Examples include slouching when sitting in front of the TV or
sitting for long periods when driving long distance. Such tension habits can
cause back and neck injuries or prolong whiplash injury symptoms.
The Alexander technique is usually taught one-to-one in private lessons and the
number of lessons needed depends on the severity of coordination difficulties
you are experiencing or the extent to which you wish to pursue the improvements
to your mind and body that the technique can bring.
How can it help those with whiplash injuries?
The benefits of this technique to improve high blood pressure, breathing
difficulties, sleep problems, mental alertness and resilience to outside
pressures and stresses have been recognised. In addition, literature from the
1980s and 90s revealed that the Alexander technique can help improve chronic
pain caused by serious personal injuries; reduce pain caused by Repetitive
Strain Injury; and help in the process of physical therapy and rehabilitative
exercises that are used to treat patients with whiplash and other injuries.
Specifically, the NHS regards it as an effective alternative complementary therapy
for easing the symptoms of back injuries and it has also been successful in
treating associated disorders, such as whiplash injuries.
Essentially, the Alexander technique can help restore freedom and expression to
the body, helping to rid of tension that can worsen whiplash injuries. It can also
clear the mind, promoting a healthy mindset and good mental attitude to
decrease pain and suffering and speed up recovery rate.
How can I make a whiplash claim today?
Have you suffered a whiplash injury in an accident that wasn't your fault? Would
you like to claim personal injury compensation from the party responsible for your whiplash injury? If you have answered yes to both of these questions then you
are in the right place.
The Claim Solicitors are associated with a panel of personal injury solicitors who
are specialists in dealing with whiplash injury claims and have an excellent
claim success rate.
We offer a no win, no fee service, which means that, if your claim is unsuccessful, you don't have to pay a penny. It means making a claim is a totally risk free process.
To begin your whiplash injury compensation claim all you have to do is call us on 0800 197 32 32 today.