Pinched nerve, Tokyo: physical therapist or Alexander technique teacher?
February 26, 2013 7:06 PM Subscribe
I'm asking this for a friend, A. A has a pinched nerve in the neck that isn't getting any better. He has bad posture and sits in a cubicle all day. He would like to see a physical therapist for this, but has also heard good things about the Alexander technique for correcting posture. Which would you recommend?
posted by Kamelot123 to health & fitness (8 answers total)
A works in Tokyo and is very stressed, and tends to hunch his shoulders. He says that his body is always tense, which I can tell easily from looking at him. He leans forward while walking and his neck is super sore. He had to use his cell phone to type often which has him always looking down.He is working on these things on his own, but is worried he is doing it wrong and would like a professional to help him do this correctly. He just bought an ergonomic chair, and is planning on buying a desktop for work (he was using an ipad with attachable keyboard which hurts his neck since he always has to look down).
He does not have health insurance, so a physical therapist would be about $130/hr while the Alexander technique teacher would be $40-50 for 45 minutes. He is intrigued by the Alexander technique, but has heard it takes more than one class to experience results and he would prefer more immediate relief from the pinched nerve pain, which he believes he might be able to get with a p. therapist. The difference in price is big for him, though - he isn't well off. Finally, he heard that the Alexander technique could help him with piano strain as well, since he often gets tense while playing. Then again, maybe the physical therapist could help too?
Has anyone tried either of these services? A would really appreciate advice on this subject if anyone has experience. He doesn't want to see a doctor again, he claims they were useless and a waste of money. Any recommendations for therapists would be most welcome as well. Thanks!