Definition: Mis-use

Mis-use

The term mis-use, as applied in the Alexander Technique, is a person’s inappropriate use of their body, involving poor muscle tone and co-ordination, which disturbs the body’s intrinsic balance and the way in which it functions.

As Alexander researched the reasons for his vocal problems he found that 'this new piece of evidence suggested that the functioning of the organs of speech was influenced by my manner of using the whole torso, and that the pulling of the head back and down was not... merely a misuse of the specific parts concerned, but one that was inseparably bound up with a misuse of other mechanisms which involved the act of shortening the stature.'

(F M Alexander ~ The Use of the Self p.13)

Overuse, for instance, is a type of mis-use creating increasing levels of pain and tension, resulting in problems such as RSI.

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