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DOES ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE WORK?


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Does AT work?

Back pain

A recent scientific trial (randomised & controlled)* showed that even six individual AT lessons – plus moderate regular walking – produced significant lasting relief from symptoms and less disability in people with chronic lower back pain. This was significantly better than standard GP intervention or the equivalent number of massage sessions.

More lessons produced even better outcomes.

Who/what else does it help?

  • There is some research evidence that learning and applying the Alexander Technique is likely to benefit most moderately mobile, non‐demented Parkinson's Disease sufferers who are interested in a self‐help technique.

  • Although there are no other proper trials to date, anecdotal and pilot trial evidence shows that learning AT can help with neck pain, high blood pressure, respiratory function and stress management.

  • AT teachers know from experience that people with many other conditions where postural and coordination problems are a factor benefit from learning and applying AT.

  • Many sports people and other performers (actors, dancers and musicians) use AT to reduce their risk of injury and to improve performance. It is also used to enhance self-presentation skills and public speaking.

  • Women also find the Alexander Technique helpful in pregnancy, birth and in the post-natal period.

*Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain, Little et al, BMJ, 2008. Click for the abstract at the BMJ website.

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