When Things Go Wrong! — 7 Comments

  1. I am sorry to hear about your shoulder! Thank you for writing about the role of thinking in the healing process. I have been in Physical Therapy since January with a frozen shoulder, and initially I felt like a “bad Alexander Technique student” for having shoulder pain.

    • My shoulder was eventually diagnosed as a frozen shoulder too (though initially they were thinking possible rotator cuff tear, but I responded so readily to the interventions they quickly adjusted the diagnosis). Sorry you’ve been living with this too, and am hoping you are improving too. An Alexander Technique colleague wrote on my Facebook page:
      “Imogen, I had a frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) shortly after I completed my training and experienced the same frustration. It appears that this happens frequently to women (and less often to men) and no one knows exactly why. It took a cortisone shot and physical therapy to get my full range of motion back. I found the technique an invaluable support in the process.”
      I thought you might, like me, find this useful to bear in mind!
      Wishing you well for your recovery, Margaret.

  2. I was wondering if you had a frozen shoulder. My PT also said it happens mostly to women. PT has helped immensely, as has pausing and remaining mindful as I do the exercises. There’s a big mirror so I can see if I am pulling myself down. The uncertainty as to why it happened, and what causes it were making me feel worse, and letting those thoughts pass through was helpful.

    • Yes – mirrors are so useful, aren’t they! And doing my PT exercises with an Alexander Technique teacher has been an added help to me, too. Letting go of negative thoughts crucial, I think 🙂

  3. I fully hear you on this one Imogen. I also suffer from the “this-shouldn’t-happen-to-you” syndrome. I sometimes get back-ache after long hours of work, and knee pain sometimes during strenuous exercise, and my first reaction is to beat myself over the head with my AT diploma. Thanfully, my second reaction is to remind myself that AT is not a cure but a way of “thinking” through my mind-body patterns that helps me recover from injury faster and discover where I’m misusing my energy and resources.

    • Absolutely! We’re so lucky to have AT to help us deal with those unhelpful reactions! And it’s encouraging to know I’m not the only one that feels that way. Thanks so much for commenting, Victoria.

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