"The only therapy recommended by the National Institute for
Health and Clinical Evidence (NICE) is the Alexander technique to
help day-to-day movement for people with Parkinson’s."
Parkinson's UK Policy Statement in respect of
complementary and alternative medicines and therapies
Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition with physical symptoms such as trembling, loss of balance and coordination, and impaired movement as well as feelings of anxiety, depression, pain and insomnia.
Although Alexander Technique not a "cure" for symptoms, it can help people living with Parkinson's to improve their speech, tremors, balance and co-ordination, as well as developing a positive attitude and a calmer approach to life.
Both the NHS and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommend the Alexander Technique as a management tool for dealing with the symptoms of Parkinson's and improving general quality of life.
A randomised controlled trial undertaken at the University of of Westminster reported by participants showed significant benefits, including:
- Greater positivity and less stressed
- Reduced tremors
- Improved balance and posture
- Improved gait
- Improved speech
- Improved self-confidence
The long-term benefits are mainly due to learning to apply Alexander Technique skills in daily life.
European Parkinson's Disease Association also provides further information about how Alexander Technique work can be of benefit to people living with Parkinson's.
This video from the World Parkinson's Coalition shows how Robert benefits from The Alexander Technique. Caprice is a friend and colleague based in Toronto.
If you would like to find out more about how the Alexander Technique can help you, or would like to book a free consultation, please contact me. I offer offer a package of lessons for people living with Parkinson's as well as their care partners which includes a complimentary introductory lesson for both.