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Evidence & Research
British Medical Journal Proves Effectiveness of the Alexander Technique
Exciting research has been published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that proves that the Alexander Technique is an effective treatment for long-
The Study was published in the BMJ on 20 August 2008 -
Link to the Science
Links to the Headlines
The Telegraph, 20 August 2008
Daily Mail, 20 August 2008
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 min), which also contains some good footage about what the Technique is all about.
New Study Finds the Alexander Technique Beneficial for the Management of Pain
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 2012 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-
The Parkinson's Disease Society has funded research into the Alexander Technique, as has The Foundation for Integrated Medicine. The Migraine Trust, The Dyspraxia Foundation, The Marfan Association UK, The Scoliosis Association (UK), and many other patients' self-
The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine endorses the value of the Technique in the management of performers' medical problems. Leading specialists in the field routinely refer their patients for Alexander lessons for a wide variety of disorders. The Technique is taught routinely in all the major drama schools.
The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) website has a range of other research papers also. Several teaching hospitals include the Alexander Technique in their study modules and there are a growing number of Alexander Teachers working in hospital clinics and GP surgeries.
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.
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-