Medical Research Council trial of the Alexander technique for low back pain (video)
A major randomised controlled trial published by the British Medical Journal in 2008 concluded that the technique significantly helped sufferers of low back pain, compared to massage or exercise. All teachers involved in the study were members of STAT, the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. Read the full study in the British Medical Journal.
Patients interviewed after a clinical trial find the technique better than prescribed exercise, Family Practice, 2009
People reported many obstacles to exercising, but not to learning the Alexander technique, because
Increased dynamic regulation of postural tone through Alexander technique training, Human Movement Science, 2011
A study by Tim Cacciatore of the Institute of Neurology, University College London, et al, measured the effect of Alexander training on the muscular activity required to stand upright.
The study concluded that Alexander technique training in the long term makes this muscular activity more dynamic and adaptable, while even a short course of lessons can significantly decrease stiffness along the spine and hips.
Alexander technique lessons or acupuncture sessions for persons with chronic neck pain: a randomized trial, Annals of Internal Medicine, November 2015
A randomized controlled trial of 517 people who had suffered from chronic neck pain for an average of 6 months found that acupuncture sessions and Alexander technique lessons both led to significant reductions in neck pain and associated disability compared with usual care at 12 months.
The trial was funded mainly by Arthritis Research UK.
Reductions in co-contraction following neuromuscular re-education in people with knee osteoarthritis, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, August 2016
A small study was carried out into the clinical effectiveness of the Alexander technique in the management of knee osteoarthritis. Following AT lessons, there was a significant reduction in knee pain and stiffness and an improvement in function which appeared to be maintained after 15 months.
Lessons in the Alexander technique offer an individualised approach designed to develop lifelong skills for self-care that help people recognise, understand, and avoid poor habits affecting postural tone and neuromuscular coordination.
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