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Apr 30

Alexander in education

By Karen Nankervis (Admin) | Article of Interest Page

Inspiring Children’s Education to include Embodiment, Presence and Awareness

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The Alexander Technique is taught worldwide in schools, colleges and universities, and is a powerful aid for children and young people. It reawakens natural poise so that minds and bodies can work in harmony to counter stress in our environment. It substitutes habitual tensions with a free-flowing coordination, and thus has a wide range of applications for young people.

These include

  • cultivating mental and emotional health
  • enabling resilience and self-confidence
  • developing a balanced approach to academic work
  • enhancing performance in sport, music and public speaking
  • dealing with neck, shoulder and back pain
  • promoting social skills
Apr 24

52 reasons to try Alexander Technique

By Karen Nankervis (Admin) | Article of Interest Page

Even the best office chairs are not capable of saving your back and neck from deterioration…fact.

And this is when Alexander Technique comes in.

What’s that?

Well, since you are here reading this, it is likely you already have an idea of what this is.

If however you do not know what this is, we will provide a little background to help you understand this very important article better.

Alexander technique is widely seen as a series of lifestyle modification techniques passed across through lessons.

However, it is also a mental discipline that enables one to progressively undo one’s lifelong accumulation of habits of body misuse.

These lessons help a participant achieve a higher level of conscious control.

The result is a myriad of benefits.

Apr 24

Everybody MOVE

By Karen Nankervis (Admin) | Article of Interest Page

A new research report by PwC reveals what can be done to improve musculoskeletal health outcomes.

6.8 million reasons why improving muscle, bone and joint health can’t wait.

New national report commissioned by MOVE identifies urgent changes needed

The 6.8 million Australians struggling from muscle bone and joint conditions would be helped by a different approach to treatment, a new report by PwC has found.

Musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, chronic back pain and osteoporosis costs Australian tax payers $55 billion every year.*

The new report for MOVE, Everybody MOVE: Improving outcomes in musculoskeletal health**, found changing approaches to treatment and care could save hundreds of millions of dollars on healthcare and improve patient outcomes, increase awareness and productivity of consumers.

PwC senior partner James van Smeerdijk says a new approach is needed to the way we deal with these conditions. “At the moment we are spending billions of dollars, and patients are still not getting the best outcomes,” he says.

“If we fund only what works, increase awareness and update our approach to care delivery, it will go a long way towards getting Australians moving”

More than 700,000 people have been diagnosed with musculoskeletal conditions since the last report in 2013 – and that number is growing.

Whether it’s walking to the mail box, doing a bit of gardening or running a marathon the report says keeping physically active and socially connected is critical at all life stages.

Movement benefits everybody! While many people think these are conditions of old age, in fact 60% of people struggling with these conditions are aged between 25 – 64 years: only 32% of people are older than 65 years, and 8% are younger than 24 years.

MOVE Research and Knowledge manager, Ornella Clavisi, says it doesn’t matter how old a person is, there are ways to help improve people’s quality of life.

“When people are provided with information and support, they cope better and can still live full lives,” she says.

Orthopaedic Surgeon Professor Peter Choong says we need an agile health system funded on evidence based practice, with movement as a central element of care.

“It’s about having the right treatments, in the right place, at the right time – so patients achieve the best possible quality of life,” he says.

Australian Physiotherapy Association chief executive officer, Cris Massis, says there are many things people can do to help themselves.

“Helping people to move, manage pain and maintain a healthy weight will relieve pressure on hospitals and make a real difference to their lives,” he says.

Coinciding with the release of the report, a national public awareness campaign #PainfulTruths is showing why better outcomes are desperately needed for people living with musculoskeletal conditions.

The evidence on how to reduce costs and improve people’s lives is clear.

“MOVE stands with people living with these conditions, health professionals and government to implement these critical system-wide changes,” Ornella says.