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Evidence for the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons in medical and health-
Woodman J.P., Moore N.R. International Journal of Clinical Practice January 2012.
The aim of this review was to systematically evaluate available evidence for the
effectiveness and safety of instruction in the Alexander Technique in health-
The study concluded that: Strong evidence exists for the effectiveness of Alexander
Technique lessons for chronic back pain and moderate evidence in Parkinson’s-
Cacciatore TW, Gurfinkel VS, Horak FB, Day B. Gait and Posture, June 2011.
This study compared the sit-
Increased dynamic regulation of postural tone through Alexander Technique training.
Cacciatore TW, Gurfinkel VS, Horak FB, Cordo PJand Ames KE. Human Movement Science, 2011 February; 30(1): 74–89.
This study found that teachers of the Alexander Technique (AT), who undergo ‘longterm’
Taking Charge; Choosing a New Direction. A Service Evaluation of Alexander Technique Lessons for Pain Clinic Patients (SEAT): an Approach to Pain Management>>
University of the West of England, McClean, S. and Wye, L. (2012)
BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL PROVES EFFECTIVENESS OF THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE FOR THE TREATMENT OF BACK PAIN
Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain
BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a884 (Published 19 August 2008)
Exciting research has been published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that proves
that the Alexander Technique is an effective treatment for long-
How does the Alexander Technique work? What are the authors findings about the clinical and cost effectiveness of the treatment? Watch the BMJ video to find out (10 mins) on my video page>>.
The Alexander Technique and Parkinson’s Disease
1) NICE (NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE) GUIDELINES
The Alexander Technique has for a while been included in the NICE Guidelines for the management and care of Parkinson’s>>. The Guidelines state that “The Alexander Technique may be offered to benefit people with PD by helping them to make lifestyle adjustments that affect both the physical nature of the condition and the person's attitudes to having PD”.
2) A CASE STUDY IN GENERATING HOPE FOR A DEGENERATIVE CONDITION
In this article, American Alexander Technique teacher Ruth Rootberg talks about her experience teaching a woman with Parkinson’s Disease; and how she progressed, ultimately after about 20 lessons, transforming how she felt and moved, simply through her own thinking.
A study of the experiences of participants following attendance at a workshop on
methods to prevent or reduce work-
University of the West of England, Vivien Gibbs, Pat Young (2011)
Radiography Journal published a study in 2011 of the experiences of participants
at a workshop on methods to prevent or reduce work-
It concluded that of all the methods offered, “…the Alexander Technique elicited the most positive feedback, with many participants stating that the information obtained during this session had a dramatic effect on the way they thought about scanning, and that as a result, scanning was noticeably more comfortable.”
A high quality clinical trial carried out in an experimental setting has demonstrated the therapeutic value and effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons for chronic back pain. The findings of the research, published in June by the University of the West of England (UWE), suggest that the Alexander Technique is feasible, acceptable, and beneficial in terms of improving quality of life and improving patients management of pain.
For example, more than half the pain clinic patients involved in the study stopped
or reduced their medication (reducing the pain-
New hope for people who suffer from neck pain
ATLAS Study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine
MacPherson H. and Various
Neck pain is the fourth largest cause of disability worldwide and two out of three of us will suffer with it at some point. A recent randomised clinical trial has shown that the Alexander Technique can provide real benefit.
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